Rufous Hummingbirds are world travelers

Rufous Hummingbirds are world travelers



The time has come to officially meet your neighbors: the birds. For many folks, both birders and people who are new to birding, watching the birds just outside our doors brings joy during hard times.


Rufous Hummingbird. The Rufous Hummingbird arrives back in the Portland Metro Area in late February/early March. Marvel at the males’ beautiful orange coloring, and the female’s orange and green feathers. And sit back and watch as the Rufous and Anna’s Hummingbirds fight over territory (aka: your hummingbird feeder.)


Fun fact: A migrating Rufous Hummingbird may travel as many as 3,900 miles and that’s just one way!

At first glance, you may just notice a few birds in your yard or neighborhood. But spend a little more time, and you’ll start to recognize repeat visitors and witness extraordinary behaviors like territorial fights, courting and mating, elaborate bird songs, foraging, and nest building. Our world may feel routine or mundane at time, but theirs rushes forward during the most exciting time of year — spring migration and baby bird season. You couldn’t ask for a better live performance right outside your home.


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