Nature Through My Lens

Rufous Hummingbird

Pretty Boy


A male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) enjoying one of the last blooms on our Butterfly Bush.

Having a Rest


A lovely female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) having a short rest on the branch of a Rose of Sharon bush.



Here’s today’s Hummer. A female Rufous (Selasphorus rufus) on a flower from the Butterfly bush. This little lady and a Anna’s spent quite a lot of time on this bush today!

A Chance Encounter


Here’s something I’ve never seen before. Both of these Hummingbirds are very possessive of their territory. But here they are sitting a couple of feet apart in the same bush. The top one is a female Rufous (Selasphorus rufus) and the bottom one is a female Anna’s (Calypte anna.) Needless to say I was quite happy to get them together!

Taking a Quick Break


A female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) taking a quick break on a Rose of Sharon branch. Everything is quick with hummingbirds!

On the Columbine


A Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) on the Columbine, which is genus Aquilegia and is a of about 60–70 species of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their flowers.



This sweet little female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) likes to stop at our rain chain for a drink of water and a little rest.

A Tiny Rest


After busily feeding on the fall flowers this Anna’s Hummingbird has a brief rest in a Cedar tree.

A Quick Stop

Something you don’t see a Hummingbird do, to often, is stop for a rest. This little Rufous hen had just eaten at our feeder, then flew to the back of the yard to sit on the perch of the regular feeder. They are so tiny and so pretty. One of natures wonders.
She only stopped for a few seconds, but I suppose in Hummingbird time, that’s enough.

Juvenile Rufous

I don’t think this little guy was sticking his tongue out at me. I hope not. When a hummer sticks out his tongue he really sticks out his tongue!

Mr. Rufous

After waiting and watching for a month, I finally got a shot of the male Rufous Hummingbird. I think this one is my best of a hummer, so far. He sat so regally on this branch. He was on lookout, chasing another male away from his area, then back to the perch.

Ms. Rufous

We put up a couple of Hummingbird feeders last week, after seeing a couple of Hummers in the area. We’ve been trying to attract them for a number of years, with very limited results.
This year we seem to have provided the right conditions for a little group of Rufous Hummers. There seems to be at least four, but it’s really hard to tell, because they zoom in and out so quickly.
I hope they stay around for awhile. They are my favorites.


The Cherry blossoms are spectacular all by themselves, but when you add this little beauty into the mix, they become extra special.
This is my first Hummer of the year!