Can You Tell What Kind Of Hummingbird This Is?



I’m telling you, something strange is going on this year with the birds, at least in my yard.  While I’m watching the Eastern Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, and the American Goldfinches, Leecy says “hello hummer!”

My first thought was it’s too early for the Ruby Throated Hummers to arrive so she’s seeing things, then I saw it as well.  It’s not a Ruby Throated Hummingbird.  In fact, I don’t know what kind of Hummingbird it is.  I sent a picture to one of my colleagues and he suggested it was an immature Buff Bellied Hummingbird.  I’m looking through all of my bird books, and I don’t see it, at least not yet.

The pictures are not that great, but I wanted to at least get some documentation of this visitor in case I never see it again.

It’s the tail throwing me off.  White tip, black, then brown.  It’s got a black bill, not red like a mature Buff Bellied.

Can anyone help my conclusively identify this Hummingbird?  Is it common for the Houston area?

Hopefully I can get some better pictures of it tomorrow if it hangs around.  I’ll update this post once this bird is conclusively identified.

Mystery Hummingbird Feeding On Coral Honeysuckle Showing Tail Feathers

Mystery Hummingbird Feeding On Coral Honeysuckle Showing Tail Feathers

Mystery Hummingbird Feeding On Coral Honeysuckle

Mystery Hummingbird Feeding On Coral Honeysuckle

 

Don & Kate - You’ve been getting some great activity in between the monarchs, the bluebirds, those yellow jewels the goldfinches, and now this beautiful hummer.

We’ve been busy up here, but we’re getting red bellies & downies, lots of juncos, chickadees & titmice, and house finches (including one male with a leg band).

Keep up the good work!

Don & KateJanuary 19, 2012 – 8:09 am

texdr - A house finch had a leg band? I’m guessing that means that this bird was originally someones pet?January 19, 2012 – 11:46 pm

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