August 25 2009

Humming Birds


Humming Birds

HB3.jpg We are trying to figure out what species of hummers these are?  Does anyone know?

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8 Responses to “Humming Birds”

  1. Charles says:

    Good shot & good job Bob

  2. littlesnow says:

    Nope, can’t help you there, Bob. Nice pic though. 🙂

  3. rolaids says:

    i think db called it right the first time. looks like a female ruby throated.

  4. dotolive says:

    I can’t see the picture colors real good Bob but does it look like it could be a black chinned? http://www.hummingbirds.net/blackchinned.html

  5. Melissa says:

    Looks like a female ruby throated…you won’t actually need the red dye in the water. Bird experts recommend against it as a precaution for their health:) Enjoy!

  6. Lynn30 says:

    I always wondered about that red dye Melissa. It can’t be too good for anyone. Maybe that’s why they’re red throated….Juuust kidding :0

  7. Jean McD says:

    That’s a female, probably a ruby-throated, but it’s nearly impossible to tell, even for bird experts, what species as all the females look alike, no matter which species.

    The two you will most likely see are the ruby-throated and the rufous.

    I miss hummingbirds and crickets!

    There are a couple other species you might see, but the differences are very small, and they are so fast, it’s hard to identify them on the wing!

  8. Jean McD says:

    As for dye, I found I didn’t need it for my hummers in New Mexico. They learn where the feeders are.

    The main thing is to keep that black mold from growing on the feeder. That will kill those poor li’l guys, so you have to be sure to keep the feeder clean.

    Watching them is better than TV!

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