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First Rufous of the year.

July 15 2017 at 12:21 PM
Dylan  (Login utahxericman)
Hummingbird Lover 2016

I am excited saw my first Rufous of the year a few days later than normal. It is also a bit bitter sweet as well as this signals the start of migration for our hummers, but they are generally around till September/October. On a positive note my flowers will be getting more use now. He was feeding on my Agastache rupestris and Red Birds in a Tree.

 
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Cathy P (Downers Grove, IL Zone 5b)
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Re: First Rufous of the year.

July 17 2017, 12:32 AM 

Yea!!
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Re: First Rufous of the year.

July 17 2017, 3:07 AM 

Such wonderful news Dylan. They are such fun little birds and I love their attitude!! Enjoy!!!
Michael and Kathi Rock
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Alex
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Re: First Rufous of the year.

July 18 2017, 1:45 PM 

Cool....Lets see some pics.
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Astrid
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Re: First Rufous of the year.

July 20 2017, 12:40 PM 

I totally understand how excited you are! It's crazy that they are already heading back, though! I am so glad that some take the Utah/Colorado route. Do you get migrating Calliopes, too?

 
 
Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: First Rufous of the year.

July 20 2017, 6:26 PM 

Congrats, Dylan! Sis across the street had a rare sighting a year or so ago but never made it to my yard, unfortunately. I know they are showing up a little more in some north & eastern states.

My Red Birds in a Tree finally bit the dust last year after having it for about 8-9 years. Was another plant listed as Zone 6 that survived in my Zone 5. One of my local Garden Center owners was surprised it over-wintered here. It was in too much shade & always grew bent over but still flowered. I will need to replace it next year.

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Elwood, IL
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