April 23, 2020 at 6:59 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Female Allen’s Hummingbird and lilac

This spring was the first I had noticed some unusual hummingbirds at my yard feeders.

Male Rufous Hummingbird

Unlike the mostly iridescent green-backed Anna’s hummers that are year-round residents, these sported a lot of rusty coloration.

Because the Allen’s and Rufous hummingbirds can be difficult to tell apart, I could have misidentified some of these.

However, the male Rufous hummers are inordinately belligerent, parking themselves on a branch or other prominent outcropping to launch full bore into any innocent hummer daring to come to “his” feeders — no matter how many there are to choose from!

The little bully

The number of these little gems varied over the two weeks they were here, and then one day they were — poof! — gone!

And around the same time, April 15th or so, the numerous house finches and white-crowned sparrows left town as well. No more vibrant songs. Only the mourning doves and Eurasian collared doves visit the platform feeder now.

White-crowned sparrow

Even the throngs of lesser goldfinches – and a smattering of the American cousins – ignore the cracked thistle/sunflower seed feeder.

Male Lesser Goldfinch

The mockingbird moved to another neighborhood, taking my most favorite song with him.

Here’s our resident Anna’s



  1. Rob Olson said,


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Rob Olson said,


    Sent from my iPhone


  3. DesertAbba said,

    Lovely. Our single specie has not yet arrived in our neighborhood. Each year though we provide nesting places and plenty of sugar water, so, soon!

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