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Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus flies through here in spring and fall. If you're lucky you'll see one flying up into the Northwest or making a pit stop on the trip south. Rufous will sometimes overwinter in coastal California from about Santa Barbara to Monterey, if there are enough nectar sources.

VERY easily confused with Allen's Hummingbird. Arnold Small says " the Selasphorus hummingbirds observed in coastal central and northern California are likely to be Rufous Hummingbirds" Rufous likes Ribes, Salvia, manzanitas and most other native plants with tubular flowers.

To bring a Rufous into a winter garden you'll need to plant a mixture of Ribes and Arctostaphylos species.

Rufous Hummingbird, 
Selasphorus rufus are really cute - grid24_12
From the side, a male Rufous hummingbird may have a chin changing from black, orange, or red.
Rufous Hummingbird, 
Selasphorus rufus posing for the camera - grid24_12
Rufous hummingbirds are sooo cool, just ask them.
Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus, cute! - grid24_12
This male Rufous hummingbird wouldn't let me get closer than 25 feet.
Rufous Hummingbird, 
Selasphorus rufus on watch. Come on, make my day. - grid24_12
A Rufous Hummingbird watching. - grid24_12
A Rufous hummingbird watching
A Rufous Hummingbird on a Cleveland Sage. - grid24_12
A Rufous hummingbird drinking from a sage plant.
Ribes aureum var. gracillimum, Golden Currant, flowers, being visited by a Rufous Hummingbird.  - grid24_12
Rufous on a Golden Currant.
Is it a Rufous or Allen Hummingbird? Only the males know. The plant is Ribes malvaceum, Pink Chaparral Currant. - grid24_12
Rufous or Allen?
The plant is a Salvia munzii, San Diego Sage - grid24_12
Rufous or Allen?