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Identify This Red Billed Hummingbird

Red bill on this hummingbird is distinctive.

Ocotillo flowers feed the migrating hummingbirds in Madera CanyonAfter the rain yesterday, today was just perfect for a picnic.  My Darlin' and I headed south to Madera Canyon.  Just east of the town of Green Valley, AZ, it's part of the Coronado National Forest, and a haven for all sorts of birds, and especially hummingbirds.  Right now the red flames (right) on the end of our desert ocotillos provide food for hummers migrating north. 

There is a beautiful little gift shop halfway up the canyon, and that's where I captured a photo of this little hummingbird.

Will someone please identify him?

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Comment balloon 25 commentsMike Jones • April 25 2010 12:04AM

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I did not know that the hummers migrate north.  Very nice picture.

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) over 10 years ago

EHS,

We have many that stay year round, but many more migrate from Central America through Arizona and up into the Northwest.  Thanks for being first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

That read bill is not as exciting as the metalic blue brest.  Great pic.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 10 years ago

I wish I could identify it, but I can't.  They are absolutely fascinating creatures to watch, and I love having hummingbirds around.

Posted by David North, for a rewarding real estate experience (Coldwell Banker Bain) over 10 years ago

I think that's Fred!

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

They are really colorful and wonderful looking -- glad you guys got a day out there to enjoy them.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Wonderful capture Mike and I am yet to photograph hummingbirds, maybe some time in the future.

VB ;-)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 10 years ago

Hello again Mike and after a double-take of your photograph I have decided to feature it at one of my favorite groups at Activerain ..........

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I like the way the Hummingbird is right in the middle of the top of the bird feeder.

VB ;-)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 10 years ago

According to a book I have, it is a Broad-billed Hummingbird.  Interestingly enough, the photo in the book is taken at Madera Canyon! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

This is the book I have, it has some great photos of hummers in it. 

http://www.amazon.com/Hummingbirds-BEHAVIOR-Esther-Quesada-Tyrrell/dp/0517553368

 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

I agree with Doreen. The ruby throated is the only one we get in our area. They are here early this year...

Helping you help others live their American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Avg size: 3 1/4 - 4 inches.

"The adult male has a glittering blue-green throat, green breast and upper parts, white underparts and a forked blue-black tail.  Greenish back.  Its bill is red with a dusky tip." 

It doesn't say this, but the photo shows the underside and part of the top of the wings to be a purple color. 

 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

You're up a tad early, Michael! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Looks like a broad billed hummingbird to me.

Posted by Tom Priester, Paradise Sharks (Paradise Sharks ) over 10 years ago

Okay!  Good morning, and thanks for the ID.

Tom,

Have you been reading Doreen's comments?  LOL

Doreen,

Thanks for the ID, the link & the education!

Michael,

I never understood why the entire eastern part of the US got short-changed when it comes to hummingbirds.  What is it about the climate / food source that keeps the rest of the species away?

Vegas Bob,

THANKS for the feature!!

Carolin,

We also saw a Gila Monster.  Fodder for another post on my weblog.

Jane,

So THAT's his name!  LOL

David,

Me too!  Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Tim,

It's one magnificent little jewel; that's for sure.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

These guys ave very entertaining, and I don't know anyone who doesn't love them. I haven't seen any yet, but my feeder is being used.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike - My parents used to have a couple of feeders at their house. Sometimes the hummingbirds would even explore the sun room a little while they filled up. Is that the moon in pic 2?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 10 years ago

I don't see too many hummingbirds in my parts but that's a nifty shot you got there, Mike.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 10 years ago

We are soooo far behind!   Our humminbirds won't be here for awhile....

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Jane cracks me up!  They fly too fast for me to even notice there's a difference.  Sure is a good shot though!  And the Moon through the thistle, nice!!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 10 years ago

Carla,

I've been meaning to ask Jane who Fred really is...

Dagny,

They're coming...

Teral,

Put out a feeder, and they'll show up like magic!

John,

That is last night's moon.  I had my camera on the macro setting.  Oops!

Larry,

We do love 'em!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike, That hummingbird photo is great. The red bill certainly does show up. Never saw one like this.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 10 years ago

Mike - once again you have captured what most of us could not do - hummingbirds are so difficult to photograph because they move so quickly - I have gotten a couple of photos but none as good as this one!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

BarbaraJo,

One good one for every 15 unusuable photos!  LOL

William,

He's a beauty!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Your very welcome Mike and I had to come by for another look!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 10 years ago

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