[Tweeters] South Whidbey Black-chinned Hummingbird

George Heleker earthman1950 at whidbey.com
Tue May 25 08:17:08 PDT 2021

The first sighting of this species for us in Western Washington. We had
just finished filling all nine of the feeders on our property and I was
holding three empty hummer feeders in my left hand that had been
switched out for clean ones. As we were looking at our garden, this bird
flew up and tried to feed from the empty feeders allowing for some very
close looks. It was a cloudy afternoon and rather dark and his head and
throat looked black but he was clearly not an Anna's which sometime look
black on head and throat in certain light. I quickly realized that the
bird was a Black-chinned. He was also easy to i.d. by the typical sound
of his wings which is so familiar east of the Cascades.

George Heleker

Whidbey Island
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