25 Jun 2010
East of Huntsville, Utah
(E-mails clip from Beth McKinnon, 25 Jun 2010)
When I moved to the Evergreen area east of
Huntsville from Western Oregon last August, I thought I said goodbye to my
yearly love affair with the Rufous hummingbirds. The bird books I own say
I will see exclusively Broad-tailed and Black-Chinned (and perhaps a
Calliope which I am really looking forward to) in this area.
Imagine my joy this evening when I saw a red backed hummingbird taking
over the Oriole feeder (which only hummingbirds use)! He isn't exactly the
same as the Oregon Rufous, but he is magnificent!
I have some good pictures of him that I will try to post.
(E-mails clip from Bryant Olsen, 26 Jun 2010)
For the past 5 years on the summer
solstice(not including this past one) I have gone to my cabin in the
Strawberry Valley, and put up feeders,and most years I see at least one
male Rufous Hummingbird. I assume they are early migrants, but June does
seem to be early for that. They are listed as a breeding species in Idaho
and Wyoming,and even northern Colorado,according to the
and I have always wondered if there might be some breeding going on in
(E-mails clip from Mike Fish, 27 Jun 2010)
Odd - About an hour ago I had a male
Rufous Hummingbird stop at the nectar feeder just outside my window.
I've spent the last hour sitting out there with my camera waiting to see
if it will come back - no luck yet. It's hard to believe this little
guy is in "just passing through" mode. Seems too late to be heading
north and too early to be going south. I see Rufous up around the Tony
Grove area in Logan Canyon all during the summer but I don't recall seeing
any around my house this early (or is it late). I usually get loads of
them in August. I'll be sure to post a picture if I get one.