I've had the hummingbird feeder up since the Ides of March and the sugar water has been disappearing, but only yesterday did I see the first backyard Rufous Hummingbird of 2008. It was a female, who appeared in mid-afternoon and then again around 6PM.
After dinner I sat outside in the cold, camera at the ready, but she didn't return. I saw her this morning, grabbed my camera, sat out in the cold (Why is it so darned cold?), and nothing. So I'm posting pictures of a female taken last year on a warmer day. Perhaps it's the same bird, back from a 6-month vacation to Cabo (where it is probably nice and warm). My plan this year, as it is every year, is to take an exquisite picture of a Rufous Hummingbird. But this year's plan is modified from last year's. It includes Part A: buy a new camera.
Part B is the same: Sit outside and wait. Preferably on a much warmer day. Brrrr.