Rufous Hummingbird

Hummingbirds of Crater Lake National Park


Rufous Hummingbird, Castle Crest Wildflower Garden, photo by Robert Mutch

The hillsides above Castle Crest Wildflower Gardens were covered with many kinds of colorful flowers. One could hear the buzzing of the busy bees. But such large bees. No, they couldn’t be, they were tiny birds – dozens of little zooming hummingbirds, flashing by like jet airplanes and oh, so busy. Thus, I became acquainted with one of the tiniest birds in the park and in the United States.

They proved to be the rufous hummingbird, Selasphorus rufus (Gmelin), which is by far the most abundant hummingbird in the park, as in all of Oregon. The dazzling copper-red gorgest flashing in the sun and the rufous or reddish-brown back proved to be his marks of distinction. The females and young are much more difficult to recognize [from ‘Tiny Birds’ Nature Notes, Vol 20, 1954] ….read more

 More about hummingbirds in Nature Notes From Crater Lake
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