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.