Thursday, April 9, 2009

Birds and blossoms.

The three days of relative warmth over the past weekend are now but a memory, but they had lasting effects, giving this sluggish spring a much-needed kick in the pants.

Rufous Hummingbird, female.

Female Rufous Hummingbirds are now regularly visiting the feeder. There have been at least two in the yard since Tuesday. They are most active in early evening, and provide suppertime entertainment. A lone male who arrived first isn't particularly welcoming; is surly, as is their wont.

Rufous Hummingbird, male, surly.

Besides using the feeder, the RUHUs are taking nectar from a new source, which came busting out, pretty much in a single day.

Cherry blossoms. Yesterday, every half hour the trees seemed noticeably more fully in bloom. I wonder how long it will be before the House Finches start plucking them. By this time last year they had ravaged this tree.


Kim and Victoria said...

Nice pictures. Hummers around here enjoy the few bare tree branches we have. They must feel safer with a clearer view. Love watching them.

Eskarina said...

You are spot on about the cherry blossoms - Tuesday there were none, and yesterday they were everywhere! I love the smell of cherry blossoms in the spring time.
Great shot of the little RUHU - amazing you caught him sitting still!

Rurality said...

Wow, if you've got hummingcirds already, I definitely need to get my feeders out! :)

Hugh said...

K&V, yes, they like to keep an eye on things (and on each other).

Eskarina, I can't remember such an abrupt change in the trees. Yes, it smells like spring, finally.

Rurality, The Rufous Hummingbirds are among the earliest to return. They're tough little things.