Our first Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) for the year, appeared a couple of days ago on March 24. They regularly return sometime in the third week of March and they are usually around until mid-September. The latest record we have for Leaning Oaks is September 21. The exact date records have been much easier to record since all of the sightings go into eBird. There has been some concern and speculation that the rise of Anna's Hummingbird numbers have led to the decline in Rufous Hummingbirds. That may be true, however there are many other perils that confront the hummingbirds including habitat loss on wintering grounds and changes in flowering phenology with changing climate.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.