Calliope (?) Hummer at our feeders

Observers: Debby Parker
Email: jimndebbyatquenetdotcom
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Date: 10/05/2004
Time: 06:23 PM -0400


Are others still getting hummers at their feeders in the Owens Valley? I was surprised when this female type showed up yesterday with rufous in the underside and undertail coverts but not in the face or tail, a distinct white and black diagonal line between the base of bill and eye, a short bill, the tail just short of the primaries, the tail mostly black but with some white (the 3 outside retrices with white tips)and the gorgette area has evenly spaced darker lines without any patches of color. Her vocalizations are low buzzes not Anna's. A Broad-tailed female has a longer tail, I think. This probably isn't a Rufous/Allen's Hummer as there is not enough rufous on the bird's tail and face. That leaves Broad-tailed as the only other Selasphorus type, we hope to see it again.