[Tweeters] Female hummingbird ID help please

Tim O'Brien kertim7179 at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 22 20:33:39 PDT 2014




Hi all,

Today, our first hummingbird showed up at our feeders.  I have 5 photos posted on Flickr for your review.

It is a female - we know that!  I usually get Black-chinned at my feeder, but not until later in the spring.  While I was taking photos, it was very still on the feeder.  I didn't notice any movement of the tail.

It flew off the feeder into our leaf-less Aspen trees and the back and head were a striking emerald green with no buff on the belly or flanks.

So the question is for the female hummingbird experts - is it an early Black-chinned or is it something else like Ruby-throated (which would be quite out of range)?

Feel free to email me privately or make comments on the photos.

Link to the pics:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/red_knot/

Thanks,

Tim O'Brien
Cheney, WA
mailto: kertim7179 at yahoo dot com




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