Rufie's Diary (kept by Gerry Stewart)
Part 1: October, 2002
minutes later, Gerry wrote, "They must have heard me sighing! Not
only did a hummingbird show up as if on cue, it was my first ever Rufous
October 19, 2002, Black ants and speedy birds: "Little Rufie was back at the feeder this morning, and I noticed that the feeder had become infested with those big black ants again. Dang! So I took the window-mounted feeder down and put up the one that hangs from a tree. The ants will find that one in a few days, and I'll pull the switch again. It worked last time!
"Anyway, while Rufie was trying to feed I noticed how robust and plump she looked, and when she flew off it seemed she was exceptionally fast. That made me curious, so I went to the Internet and found this answer:
"So, it wasn't just my imagination. It surprises me that one can discern speed differences in comparing two critters (Ruby-throats and Rufous) that are already so fast!"
October 23, 2002, Now you see her, now you don't: "Rufie was just here. She sure is pretty! I didn't see her yesterday, and thought maybe she had moved on. There hasn't been a single Ruby-throat in weeks."
October 28, 2002, Farewell? "I guess Rufie has moved on. Haven't seen her since the 23rd. Hope she headed south. I caught the tail-end of some weather report forecasting a rough winter, so hopefully she'll find some warmer clime. It sure was a treat while she was here though!"
Will Rufie return? See
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