Rufous hummingbird, that is. Like clock-work, he and she return again, always in early July. The one seen here is a male.
Other nature news of note: The damsel flies are around in great number. They are unafraid of humans and will land on my fly rod when I’m not waving it around. They are very beautiful insects, with long veined wings and a very long and delicate-looking abdomen. Trout love damsel fly nymphs.
The nighthawks are swooping over the river, as evening comes on, arriving just before the bats who, themselves, arrive before the fireflies begin to light up. The very distinct white wing stripes on the nighthawks make it easier to spot them, as they move fast.
The river is life.