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Rufous hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus


This is the western hummingbird most likely to stray into eastern North America. There has been an increasing trend for them to migrate east to winter in the eastern United States.This trend is the result of increased survival with the provision of artificial feeders in gardens. In the past, individuals that migrated east in error would usually die, but now they often survive. Provided sufficient food and shelter is available, they are surprisingly hardy, able to tolerate temperatures down to at least -20°C. Most hummingbirds that migrate east are juvenile birds and may occasionally be adult females but are very seldom adult males.


Was visiting my feeder for a couple weeks and then moved on

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Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Belated thanks, sintija!

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 8 years ago

Humming birds are so fascinating birds! :)) I haven't seen anyone in real life, but they look great! :) wonderful pictures!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Thank you, Seema and AliHp!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

so sweet!

Seema 8 years ago

pretty pics

Maria dB
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Oct 26, 2012
Submitted on Jan 19, 2013

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