I've been worried most of April and May that I did not have nearly the number of hummingbirds that I've had in past years.
Well, suddenly in the first week or so of June I have lots of Rufous Hummingbirds.
I know I have at least two male Rufous.
And there are at least three female Rufous.
This gal (or immature male) has a bit of red on the throat.
I think I also have two male Anna's and a couple female Anna's.
The Rufous have taken over the backyard as 'theirs'.
The gals perch on the cages which protect some of my large pots from the deer.
It allows them to oversee their territory...
...which includes many of my potted plants like this salvia...
...and this agastache.
I do also see Anna's in the backyard.
They are longer and larger than the Rufous.
The Rufous are more feisty.
The Anna's do use the feeders in the front of the house.
And so do the Rufous.
A rather blurry photo of a male Rufous.
Hmmm, says this Anna's - looking thoughtful.
Remember the Rufous are here just for the summer, and I am here all year long!