Hummingbird ID?

jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)February 3, 2013

I've had hummers coming to our feeders throughout the fall and winter this year. Normally, there is little winter activity so I put the feeders away and let the year-round residents feed on whatever is blooming. This year, however, I kept two feeders out and the hummers are visiting pretty frequently. This hummingbird is new to my feeders and I don't know what it is. This photo is not great, but can someone attempt an ID? It is a light brown and more "flighty" than my red-throats.

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ExoticRGVNativesTy(10a TX)

I'm pretty sure this is a subadult male Rufous Hummingbird. This species is a rare visitor to feeders on the Gulf Coast during the fall and winter. It is more commonly seen in the Western United States.


Here is a link that might be useful: Big Country Audubon Society

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 9:54PM
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Gretchen Wood

Glad someone could identify the species. How nice to have one that is rare to our area. I would be outside quietly taking photo after photo. What a welcomed guest.
That is so cool. I hope to attract many hummingbirds to my garden & feeders this year. My garden is an oasis for h birds & butterflies.
Have a happy day.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 10:02AM
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west_texas_peg(8a West Cen TX)

I had a Rufous about 8 years ago in the Fall. Could not believe my eyes when he whizzed by me and started working a lantana. Only time I saw it so felt like it was on its way to the coast.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 9:35PM
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ltcollins1949(9a TX)

I agree it is a Rufous. Looks like it might be a juvenile male, but not a 100% certain.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 5:29PM
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jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)

Thanks for the responses, and, yes, it is a Rufous. I googled information on these hummers and the ID fits. I have tried to take more photos, but these little rascals are nothing like my ruby-throats, who perch and linger at the feeder for extended periods. I did get some good views with my binoculars, but it's as if they can see me with my camera and will have no part of that effort.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 8:14PM
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