[Tweeters] mystery hummingbird--opinions sought

Wally Davis wallydavis3 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 11:23:06 PST 2017

Most likely a female or juvenile Anna's. Certainly not Selasphorus.

Wally Davis


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Subject: [Tweeters] mystery hummingbird--opinions sought


In wrapping up the compilation of the Everett-Marysville CBC, as in several
recent years, I've had to reject a couple Selasphorus reports owing to lack
of details/documentation. But I'm in receipt of a few interesting photos of
a mystery hummingbird photographed by a feeder-watcher on the CBC. Wonder if
some of you in Tweeterland might be interested to comment. Here are three


(side profile of feeding bird). This very dark bird is long (note the red
feeder-cup length is exactly 1.5" long), my estimate based on this is a
4.3-4.5" length. Though the photo colors are washed out, please note that
the only white area is on the undertail coverts--the breast is dark mottled,
the back is a very dark green with a faint paler collar at the nape.
Can't explain the little white flecks but thinking this is a molting young
bird. Note also that the wings are long--extending past the tail tip.



(angle front views of bird)--here the longish bill is well shown. Please
note that it is also relatively fine-tipped and slightly drooping toward the
tip. The latter shot also shows a dark face/throat and the breast is

Any thoughts are appreciated.

Scott Atkinson

Lake Stevens

mail to: scottratkinson at hotmail.com

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