Post by Mitchell Harris on Sept 7, 2014 13:30:25 GMT -5
This morning 9/7/14 I found an adult Rufous female and a first year male Buff-breasted in my yard. They were feeding on Firebush, firecracker plant and sage. I hadn't put out any feeders yet, but will now. There was some aggression from the local Rubythroats, but less than I would have thought. I'll try to add some of the Images I took later. My home is in south titusville on the shores of the Indian River, just South of Manatee Hammock Campground.
Post by Steve Backes on Sept 8, 2014 6:06:53 GMT -5
Your Rufous looks like a first year male but may be a first year female. An adult female would have a large triangular central gorget spot. Your bird shows a small spot, the beginnings of a gorget on a first year bird and stippling. The stippling appears fairly strong which is why I'm guessing a male. I was fooled by a female that looked like this in my yard two years ago. A male will eventually develop rufous coloration on its rump. A female's rump will stay green even as an adult.
I've added two photos of the adult female Rufous in my yard.