The male rufous are the most dominant, defending our 3 feeders from 6 AM to 9 PM daily. Fights are common; one will come in and another will chase him away. You can hear their wings buzzing all the time. They also park in the trees next to the feeders, and they will sit for quite a while, dropping in for a feed from time to time. Typically, the birds aren't that active during the middle of the day. The girls are a lot quieter and generally only show up in the evenings. We see them -- boys and girls -- hunting for insects in the trees from time to time, too.
I've been working on taking as many photos of them as I can. Since I have posted none so far this year, I thought now was a good opportunity to put up some of the highlights from this year so far. In no particular order:
|Calliope. Male. Look carefully at the throat.|
|Calliope, male. Note the way the feathers sparkle purple in the light|
|Calliope, male, licking his lips|
|Calliope, female. They are very tiny|
|Coming in for a landing|
|...maneuvering for a landing...|
|...still hanging out.|
|My buddy the Rufous|
Not a day goes by that I don't watch them, and when we come home, I look for them. Since I first saw them in Wyoming back in 2008, they have become my favourite birds.