happy hummingbird

Every year when our red-hot pokers start to bloom, the hummingbirds descend in a jubilant frenzy to feast. Each tends to claim a particular patch of flowers as its own, and defends it against other hummingbirds who dare to trespass. However, they’ve gotten so used to me now that they will feed even if I’m sitting in the middle of “their” patch of flowers.
rufous hummingbird, Pender Island B.C.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant

40 thoughts on “happy hummingbird

  1. sustainabilitea

    Another stunner, Karen. There are hummingbirds in Wyoming and if I’m sitting on the porch wearing red, they always think I’m some sort of giant hummingbird feeder and buzz me. πŸ™‚


  2. Nature on the Edge

    How weird is this?! Here i am in the southern hemisphere’s autumn grinning because the red-hot pokers are coming into full bloom and the local sunbirds are visiting. Just shows how versatile nature can be in adapting to circumstance πŸ™‚

  3. LaNae

    Beautiful! I’ll have to watch my RHP. The bees love it but I’ve not seen the hummers out there. Of course they’re rather fond of the feeder in the back. πŸ™‚

    1. bythebriny Post author

      Thank you! Our dog would happily co-mingle with the birds, except for the crows. For some reason she hated the crows and would chase them off every time they came around.

  4. rwanderman

    This looks like it might be a male rufus but I’m not sure. We only have ruby throated hummingbirds here in Connecticut (and we’re loaded with them at the moment, they’re all back from their migration south). The west coast has Annas, Allens, and Rufus hummingbirds and given where you are, I’m guessing they all migrate south at the end of summer.

    We love them, they’re very aggressive and territorial little characters and babies born at a feeder will return there the next year. That amazes me, that they essentially have GPS coordinates baked into firmware and travel well over 1000 miles south, then back north to the same feeder.

    Our other migratory birds do this as well (rose breasted grosbeaks, Baltimore orioles, and others) but there’s something about the size and seeming fragility of a hummingbird that makes it seem more amazing.

    Very nice shot.

    1. bythebriny Post author

      Thanks! I’m so glad we have hummingbirds here. They are fascinating to watch.

      I’ve seen the Anna’s and rufous hummingbirds around. We may well have the Allen’s too, but I don’t know if I could tell them apart from the rufous. The photo above is definitely a female — the males have a distinctive shiny red throat patch. Here’s the only decent photo of a male that I’ve been able to get:


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