This gallery contains 2 photos. Called the feistiest of the North American hummers, we first spotted Rufous Hummingbirds in mid April, and they have been making steady appearances since then (yes, even in our backyard). This female Anna’s Hummingbird was photographed at a nectar feeder just outside of the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary just before closing hours.
Here’s a male Rufous Hummingbird; note his orange/brown gorget. Given their territorial nature, not once did we see more than one hummer at the feeders at a time; instead, these little celebrities “alternated” their appearances and enthralled a crowd of birders and photographers. This is the first time that we’ve seen the all-year-round Anna’s Hummingbirds, who were common visitors in the winter and early spring.