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Hummingbird ID?

Posted by jardineratx 9tx (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 3, 13 at 19:07

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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RE: Hummingbird ID?

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

RE: Hummingbird ID?

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.

RE: Hummingbird ID?

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.

RE: Hummingbird ID?

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

RE: Hummingbird ID?

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.

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