Yesterday, March 21, the first Rufous hummer this year showed up at our feeder. Today he was zipping by my head while I was in the garden. I love spring!!
I don't have a record for last year but two years ago the first Rufous arrived at our feeders on March 19. Since 2012 is a leap year, the one I saw yesterday arrived just one day later.
Colin at the Backyard Bird and Nature Store in Nanaimo reports that they have had reports of Rufous from as far north as Qualicum Beach so far.