On Tuesday (8/18/15) my early morning walking feet took me to a strip of land covered with wildflowers like scarlet bugler penstemon and gilia. I have been visiting the strip for a week now because it’s a common place to find hummingbirds. And of course the hummers visit the strip because of the wildflowers. At this time of year in northern Arizona we see (and hear) a lot of very aggressive Rufous hummingbirds. When they pair off, it is to engage in an aerial fight.
The picture below, however, captures a pair that seemed to be a couple. Together they went up, and together down, up and down— several times, in close coordination. Call it a ritual or a dance if you will. It was, in any case, a privilege to watch.