Google honors Earth Day with cool Rufous Hummingbird doodle

April 22nd, 2014 · by Garrison Frost


Google has chosen to honor Earth Day 2014 with a Google Doodle of a Rufous Hummingbird. We can hardly think of a better choice.The Rufous Hummingbird is a brilliant bird, orange in the male, orange and green in the female. When you see one, at a glance, you might say to yourself, “Oh, it’s just another hummingbird (as if there could be such a thing).” But then you realize that it’s not just any hummingbird. No, you’re seeing something unique: a Rufous Hummingbird on its way north. Savor that moment. Right now, the Rufous Hummingbirds are passing through California on their way from Central Mexico where they winter, to the Pacific Northwest and Canada where they breed. The Rufous Hummingbird has a strange migration, because it doesn’t necessarily come back the way it came. While it will go northward along the coast, it typically comes back southward through Idaho, Colorado and New Mexico. So get a good look in the spring while you can. (photo by USFWS)

Categories: Birding · spring migration

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  • simone gad

    saw one yesterday-female rufous all green iridescent-felt so lucky and blessed. she was outside my painting studio hummingbird-ing around. a beautiful sight to behold.