[Bristol-Birds] Rufous/Allen's (Selasphorus) Hummingbird visits Claytor Lake

  • From: Herdfanmark@xxxxxxx
  • To: NRVBirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, bcbirdclub@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:58:50 EDT

                 My last two remaining Ruby-throated hummingbirds have been 
absent for several  days now, so when I saw a hummer at my feeders it 
sparked my curiosity. This  bird showed up at about 10 am this morning, visited 
the feeders 3  times in 15 minutes, and did not return for the remainder of 
the  day. 
               I  think Broad-tailed & Calliope can be ruled out due to the 
obvious white  collar, so that would narrow down the Selasphorus species to 
Rufous or Allen's.  This being an immature male or a female the species 
can't be identified without  handheld measurements of the tail feathers. The 
shape of certain tail feathers  can be an indication of one species or the 
other, but the other photos I  was able to get do not show this well enough for 
an ID. 


Good Birding
Mark Mullins
Pulaski County, Va

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