[Tweeters] Late for the season Rufous Hummingbirds
ixoreus at scattercreek.com
Tue Oct 2 18:41:12 PDT 2018
We’ve been surprised to see Rufous Hummingbirds in our yard east of Tenino in recent days. An immature male visited flowers on September 26-28, and an adult male at feeders on October 1-2. Typically our last immatures depart by mid-September and adult males by July 1. There was a month break between the departure of the last immatures fledged in the yard and the arrival of last week’s immature, so we presume the late birds are migrants from more northern breeding areas.
I’d be curious if others are seeing Rufous later this year than typical of recent years. Our yard records go back about ten years.
Good birding, Bob
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