This little beauty came to visit today along with at least 5 of his friends! The word must have spread that now I have two feeders out, lol! The way their feathers "flash" their colors is mesmerizing to say the least. These are structural colors, not pigment, which means they are reflected by microscopic structural features of the feather surface. If you have an interest, there's great information about it here: http://www.sibleyguides.com/�/the-basics-of-iridescence-in�/
I am totally besotted with these amazing little creatures and can watch them "play" for hours. It does appear to me that they are playing, even though at times it's probably one or more of them attempting to establish their dominance over the feeder. At present I believe I'm seeing at least 3 mated pairs...Rufous and Anna's.
May 13th, 2015
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