Greater Victoria, Gulf Islands, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo and Centrial Island, Port Alberni, Tofino, North Island
By LuckyStrikeV
#84980
Hello Bird Watchers!

Its been ages since I made a post here .. my apologies, but I come here today with a question.

Has anyone heard of a Rufous Hummingbird overwintering in the Victoria area?

I have just been told of one but so far have no photo or actual proof. I have not seen this bird myself, so am a tad sceptical.

For more than 25 years I have had multi feeders in my N Saanich yard and made observations of these tiny things. (At one point I never knew there were 2 species , nor could I tell them apart.)


Thanks for any input or information.... Terry
By birdergirl
#84982
Hi Terry,

The first Rufous Hummingbird just showed up yesterday in WA. The early ones usually trickle in around early March. Last year in Vancouver we had our first one (a male) reported to me this same week. So it's totally believable that someone has one just show up at their feeder. Most likely it didn't overwinter.

Cheers,
Mel
By LuckyStrikeV
#84989
birdergirl wrote:Hi Terry,

The first Rufous Hummingbird just showed up yesterday in WA. The early ones usually trickle in around early March. Last year in Vancouver we had our first one (a male) reported to me this same week. So it's totally believable that someone has one just show up at their feeder. Most likely it didn't overwinter.

Cheers,
Mel

Hello Mel!

Indeed if this was the case I hear you, but she said this is the second year it has been at her feeder for the entire Winter!
My thoughts were.. Is this really a Rufous and if so quite remarkable?

Thanks for your thoughts... Terry

PS .. I just watched an Anna's pair courting right at my feet .. dropped to the ground and faced each other chattering and posturing.. WOW.. A first for me! My cel phone came out but very poor pix :)
By birdergirl
#84995
Well nothing is impossible there are a few confirmed records in BC of overwintering Rufous Hummers but it is exceedingly rare.

Ask her to get a photo of it :).

Yes seeing the Anna's do that courting display is really special. I had a male do it right by my head once and almost brushed me, was painful to the ear lol!

Cheers,
Mel
By Mike
#85310
I've had a lady Rufous at my feeder (South Nanaimo) the last couple of days. Fun to watch her not take any crap from the Anna's.
By LuckyStrikeV
#85321
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MR Rufe this afternoon! He is 1 busy little bird protecting the most favoured feeder in my yard (I have 6 or 7 going year round) but always 1 seems to outshine the rest!

Enjoy the weekend

Terry
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