~Catalina State Park, Oro Valley, Arizona, November, 2017
The very first day, when camping, at Catalina State Park, I saw this Hummingbird. What caught my attention was a flash of red on the bill. Oh my, a red bill! I knew I had to purchase a hummingbird feeder.
While on a walk one morning, I saw a lady walking with binoculars around her neck. I stopped and asked her if she had seen the Broad-billed. She was excited to hear that I might have seen it, but stated that she hadn’t. She told me her husband went on the ranger guided birding walk that morning and they hadn’t mentioned seeing it. She felt sure she would have heard if it had been spotted. She was a sweet, elderly lady who would stop and share birding information with us when she saw us walking. I will remember her fondly.
I noticed an RV with bird feeders hanging from the trees at their site. I stopped and asked if they had seen a hummingbird with a red bill. “Yes, she exclaimed, I have noticed it at the feeders.”
Okay, at least I had a confirmation. Turns out that, through their blog, I knew this couple. I had read their blog many times, but had never met them. What fun! We enjoyed a couple of happy hours together and hope to see them again down the road.
I spent one week trying to capture this hummer with my camera. It was very shy, highly protective of the hummingbird feeder, and would sit hidden in the mesquite tree. After the first week, I didn’t see it anymore; I don’t know if it continued on its migration path or was chased off by other hummers.
I was thrilled to have this gorgeous hummingbird visit my hummingbird feeder.
Back in 2009, I saw this Hummer for the first time while visiting the Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.
11 thoughts on “~Birding in Arizona – a hummingbird with a red bill”
what a great encounter!
It sure was!
What a beauty!
Awesome, Sheila. I lived in Tucson and never saw this hummer!!
What a beauty!
The photos are so good, they look like they are out of a book! But I know better!
Thank you so much!
You are so lucky you got a good shot of the Broad billed hummer! It was fun and great meeting you and Howard. I sure hope our paths will cross again.
I also hope our paths cross again! Let us know if/when you visit Colorado again. We will be out west in Winter of 2018. Thanks for your comment on my photo; it took a lot of patience!
I’ve seen this red billed hummer around my feeders. I’ve been outside on my patio much more since the quarantine. I’d never seen one. I’m off Sabino Canyon Rd in Tucson
Hi Kathleen, nice to hear from you. This was my very first sighting of the Red-billed hummer. I have heard that a lot of people have found an interest in birding since the cover-19 outbreak. Happy Birding!