Broad-tailed Hummingbird at Progreso Lakes, 10/16/22


It’s been a very long time considering that I have actually published anything. I have actually been appreciating autumn movement though it hasn’t been a spectaular period. Hawk movement has actually been actually sluggish and also I think I have actually seen just concerning a loads types of warblers in our Progreso Lakes lawn this autumn together with the normal autumn travelers. Absolutely nothing has actually relocated me to make a message. I think I’m a little seasoned after 45 years of birding.

Today I was resting on the back deck enjoying the bird bathroom and also hummingbird feeders. Our little brush spot is coming active with autumn blossoms and also I was additionally enjoying butterflies. Well a hummer appears with buffy/rufous underparts and also I’m believing this is either a young Rufous or Allen’s Hummingbird. Concerning the only means to divide them is to obtain great pictures of the spread tail and also often also that is undetermined. We do not obtain much of these so I stood up and also obtained closer to the feeder constantly shooting chance ats the unknown Selasphorus. I obtained some respectable shots however no spread tail shots. I went into the bird on eBird as Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbird.

However later on as I modified pictures, I observed something I had actually not seen in the area. The hummingbird appeared like a typical Selasphorus with buffy sides and also darker much more rufous plumes on the reduced tummy and also undertail coverts, however there were a number of eco-friendly plumes on the sides of the bust. Neither Rufous neither Allen’s Hummingbird ever before has any kind of eco-friendly on the bust in any kind of tuft. A male Broad-tailed Hummingbird has eco-friendly sides. There was additionally extremely little rufous on the rectrices which follows Broad-tailed. Minority noticeable gorget plumes appeared to be glowing instead of the orange/red of Rufous and also Allen’s Hummingbirds though this can be tough to figure out. Study on line located pictures of premature Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that looked similar to mine.

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Broad-tailed Hummingbirds summer season throughout the Rocky Hills. I frequently see them in the Davis Hills or at Large Bend. They wintertime in Mexico and also movement takes the majority of them west of the Rio Grande Valley. We do obtain one every couple of years. Appears like they are constantly the tough to ID ladies. This young male Broad-tailed Hummingbird is the 247th types seen in or from our lawn.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird is the 5th hummingbird types to be seen in our lawn. It certainly was not one I was anticipating. We do not also have an Anna’s.

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