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Douglas County Birds: Rufous Hummingbird

11:15 PM · Feb 18, 2021

The Rufous Hummingbird is native to Oregon, and can often be seen throughout Douglas County in the summer at hummingbird feeders. They can also be found across the United States as well as throughout Canada and some parts of Alaska. Rufous Hummingbirds often build nests in trees, rose bushes and anywhere else they can find to anchor their nest. The female hummingbird builds the nest by herself and builds the nest out of bits of dead grass and other small bits of leaves. She will often take the fluffy seeds from cattail plants and line the inside of the nest with them. After that, she takes spider webs and wraps them around the nest to secure it. The Rufous Hummingbird is one of my favorites because of how cool they are, especially the males! Just because of how fast they are and how the male has that patch of red on its throat. Rufous Hummingbirds, both male and female have extremely good memories. They can remember where all of the feeders are that they visit.

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