Saturday, December 09, 2006

Hummingbird Photos

Friday (Dec. 8th) we again had two hummingbirds at our feeders. This time they played nice, and even tolerated each other well enough to use the feeders simultaneously. I've confirmed that our resident Selasphorus sp. is a Rufous Hummingbird - managed to get a decent photo of it with tail feathers spread, and the shape of the retrices clinched the identification. It's not a great photo, but compared to the bird in the Luneau video this one's a piece of cake.

The other bird is of the Archilochus type, probably the same greeny female that has been at our feeders intermittently since sometime in November. This one is a bit trickier. Below are a few snapshots of this "mystery" bird. I believe it to be the same individual in all of the pictures, with changes in lighting accounting for changes in appearance. Looks a bit larger than the Rufous. I think it's either Ruby-throated or Black-chinned - any comments are certainly welcome! Click on the photos to enlarge the images.


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