~Birding in Arizona – more Hummers

~Catalina State Park, Oro Valley, Arizona, November, 2017

Don’t you just love these tiny birds?

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The only female I saw.

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I believe these are Anna’s Hummingbirds. Without the light highlighting the colors of the head and throat it is hard to tell. The Costa’s is smaller, short-tailed and has more white on the chest. I spent quite a bit of time trying to correctly ID these hummers. If anyone has any thoughts on ID, please let me know.

It was sure fun observing and trying to capture them with my camera. The bees sure did give them grief.

~Happy Birding~

 

9 thoughts on “~Birding in Arizona – more Hummers”

    1. Hi Beth! It sure was fun seeing these Hummers; and yes they are entertaining. For the price of sugar and an inexpensive feeder one can be entertained for hours. Always nice to hear from you.

  1. they definitely are Anna’s hummingbirds–the adult males have pink crowns and gorgets, whereas the smaller adult male Costa’s have deep purple gorgets. we get Anna’s all year round in Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada, and there are (at least) five who are battling each other for the nectar feeders from dawn until dusk now (a few will even play a bit of chin music if we wander too close to “their” feeders!!)

    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Annas_Hummingbird/id
    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Costas_Hummingbird/id

    congrats on finding and photographing them!!

    1. Hi! Thanks so much for confirming the Hummer ID! I appreciate you taking the time to respond! So nice that you have them in your yard. We hope to travel to Canada one day!

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