[Tweeters] Need hummingbird ID help

joanna at isomedia.com joanna at isomedia.com
Wed Nov 26 15:28:40 PST 2014

My partner has gotten a few shots of the one I think is a black-chinned,
and now I'm not sure. It's very different from the other male at our
feeder, but there is so much variation in species coloring...

It will be a fun challenge this weekend to see if I can get definitive
pictures of both males and the female. And to test out my new heated
feeder, as we're expecting temps in the 20's this weekend.

Thanks for all the encouragement and ideas you all have shared with me off

> Hello,


> I was directed to this list by someone from birdweb.org after I emailed

> about a possible Black-chinned hummingbird at my feeder. I'm about 15

> miles NE of Bellingham, near Everson, WA in a rural area with berry farms,

> gravel pits, pasture, scrub woods, and a few houses.


> I'm trying to get some clear pictures, but he is very spooky. Last winter

> we noticed our first over-wintering hummers after getting buzzed in

> January. We rushed to get the feeder out, but didn't really try to ID the

> birds, assuming they were Anna's.


> This year we kept the feeders going after most of the hummers left for the

> year, and noticed 2 males and 1 female stayed. One male is very much an

> Anna's, as I got a view from about 1 foot from my face as he flashed me

> while I was replacing a feeder. The female I assumed was an Anna's, but

> after trying to ID the other male, I'm not sure. I don't notice any

> obvious color spots on her throat, just pale grey.


> The other male looks like a Black-chinned. Much darker head & throat with

> a clear delineation between gorget and breast colors. He isn't as bold as

> the Anna's, but I noticed the wing tips are as long as the tail when he

> settled enough to feed.


> I don't have the fastest camera, and have to try for pictures through my

> open kitchen window. He spooks when he hears the camera fire up, since the

> feeders are hanging from the edge of my back porch roof, just about 6 feet

> from the window.


> Any tips on taking better pictures, or ways to definitively ID him?


> Thanks,

> Joanna




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