Rufous Hummingbird Nest

A nice afternoon and good crowd at Reifel when I showed up to help out on the trails this afternoon.

The highlight today was a Rufous Hummingbird nest along the centre dyke trail. It was on an evergreen branch overhanging the slough visible from the lower inside trail. Another volunteer and myself spent the whole afternoon there with a scope and camera set up. With two young in the nest being fed, it was the source of much entertainment.

This video actually turned out better than any of my still shots.

Sandhill Crane

A half decent day at Reifel this afternoon and I was surprised to hear the White-throated Sparrow was still around just beyond the entrance. While looking for it,

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

… this Rufous Hummingbird was frequenting a nearby tree top.

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

The White-throated Sparrow eventually popped out providing a brief photo opportunity.

The news of the day though was in regards to the Sandhill Cranes. After the passing last winter of the long time breeding male, the female has taken a new mate.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

The new Sandhill Crane pair are using the same nesting site and the first egg appeared yesterday. This should put new arrivals sometime around Mother’s Day.

Bushtit + Hummingbird

Not a whole lot going on this afternoon at Reifel.

Bushtit
Bushtit

Thankfully the Bushtits were still active at the nest along the east dyke trail and provided some entertainment for myself and visitors.

At the end of the day a male Rufous Hummingbird was busy coming and going from one of the feeders.

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

While I usually try to get them in natural settings, this guy was presenting well and I could not resist.