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Rufous Hummingbird and One-Seed Juniper

The male Rufous hummingbird jealously guards the hummingbird feeders and courtyard flowers, chasing away all intruders including larger birds. The female is slightly larger than the male (see photo). The female has green, white, some iridescent orange feathers in the center of the throat, and a dark tail with white tips and rufous base.

The One-Seed Juniper is abundant in Eldorado. It is found throughout New Mexico in the drier habitats between 5000 and 7000 feet. Male and female plants are separate, dioecious. The females produce berry-like seed cones that mature in five months to a bluish purplish shade (see photo). The “berry” typically contains only one seed.

Nikon D500 Tamron 18-400 mm F/3.5-6.3