Sunday, May 12, 2019

Rufous Hummingbird

Erika and I took this Rufous Hummingbird photo almost a month ago, on 15 April 2019. With so much many new plants and animals to write about since our move to Olympia, my queue of unpublished blog posts has grown considerably. Rufous Hummingbirds breed further north, to southern Alaska, than any other hummingbird. The breed south to northern California. They winter south to southern Mexico. One result of this distribution is that Alaskan birds enjoy “the longest day-length seen by any hummingbird” (Healy and Calder 2006). More and more often Rufous Hummingbirds are seen in eastern North America. Readers of this blog will recall a bird we saw in Minnesota a few years ago. Rufous Hummingbirds a circular migration route, coastal in the spring and inland in the fall, and this route may send then eastward in the fall. Another possibility is that there are simply more birders looking for western hummers in the east.

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