Winter HummingbirdPosted: December 30, 2013
This is a Rufous Hummingbird and probably a female. She was very difficult to photograph and these photos are through a window. Click on the photo one to two times to enlarge and see her colors.
There has been a Rufous in the Automatic Garden for the last 7 years. They can be found as far north as southern Alaska, which must be why the little birds can tolerate recent night temperatures in the 30’s.
She is perched on the remains of Texas Star Hibiscus stem right outside the kitchen window near some Cigar Plant (Cuphea ignata) that is still blooming. It is a favorite perch for all the backyard birds.
As Rufous Hummingbirds are very protective of their nectar source, she is often seen chasing other birds around the garden even though they are much bigger than her.