We are a few weeks into the hummingbird season. It started slowly with the arrival of male Rufous Hummingbirds. Then some female Rufous arrived. Now are added the Calliope and Black-chinned. Sometimes they share a feeder, sometimes they fight to dominate access to what is actually a plentiful resource.
This is a week-old view of a male Rufous when it had the feeders all to itself.
The male rufous hummers spar over feeder access.
Female Rufous hummers have arrived.
An occasional Black-chinned Hummingbird visits.
Our smallest hummingbird, the Calliope, comes often and seems to go unchallenged by Rufous.
My most spectacular shot of the morning was of a male Rufous Hummingbird that was attacking another hummer from above. Its two notched tail feathers are clearly visible.