This week’s photo, taken April 2, 2015 at a private residence on Whidbey Island, WA, features a brilliantly handsome adult male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD.

The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD breeds farther north than any other hummingbird. After wintering as far south as Mexico, many Rufous Hummingbirds migrate as far north as Alaska, with many of them either passing through or nesting in Washington state.

Whether protecting a sugar-water feeder or a flowering plant, this fiery red and feisty hummer doesn’t like to share its food; so, it often chases other hummingbirds from its food source. Perhaps if you were traveling a couple thousand miles, and you didn’t know where you would find your next meal, you might also be feeling a bit cranky and less than generous.



About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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8 Responses to Cranky

  1. Brenda Peterson says:

    I love this little guy!

    I love Whidbey Island too!

    Thank you, Joe!

  2. Connie Saunders says:

    Always totally amazes me how such a tiny creature can fly so far — and then back again ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Also amazing is that butterflies do it, too!

    Connie Saunders Minneapolis area

  3. LaNae says:

    What a beautiful picture!

  4. Chris says:

    How nice that this handsome bird sat still for his portrait.

  5. Freda Papoff says:

    Hi Joe! At the airport headed to San Diego. Will still miss you at the Ranch. Phil will be there I think. Just was birding in Eilat Israel. Interesting migration….. From Africa to Europe. Hope all is well. Freda

    Sent from my iPad


  6. kathydoremus says:

    Wow! Excellent picture!

  7. Lynda Kuebler says:

    I love hummingbirds—–we have a feeder right out our kitchen window and it is a pleasure to watch them.

  8. I got to see one when we had one poor little stray in NYC in the winter of 2012. It sat on the lights at night to keep warm at American Museum of Natural History.

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