[Tweeters] Female hummingbird ID help please

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Wed Apr 23 08:55:38 PDT 2014


Looks like a female Black-chinned to me; a Rufous or Calliope would show
some buffy or cinnamon color on the flanks.

A word of advice: your hummer photos are all significantly underexposed--
in future, I would brighten them up using Photoshop or just the Windows
photo program before posting them on Flickr, which would make the colors
easier to distinguish.

All the best,

Wayne C. Weber
Delta, BC
contopus at telus.net

-----Original Message-----
From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Tim O'Brien
Sent: April-22-14 8:34 PM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] Female hummingbird ID help please

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/


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

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