2021—A Precious Jewel

Rufous Hummingbirds are intensely orange and their feathers, especially their gorget, reflect a brilliant
orange color, reminiscent of the rarest type of Topaz that is a reddish orange, also known as
Precious Topaz. These small hummingbirds are feisty and belligerent. They sought dominance at the feeders in Madera Canyon and the hum of their wings was as loud as the loudest hummers so their presence was always announced by the buzzing sound of their wings.