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Old Jun 13, 2009, 6:55 PM   #1
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I put a feeder in my yard mid June. Three hours after hanging it a hummingbird appeared. It or they came back the next day and I set up a tripod and got these pictures. The birds came to the feeder for a total of about a week. They then disappeared and I have had none come back since.

I am unable to Identify No2. No1 looks like a female Ruby Throated but I am unsure. Any help with ID will be appreciated.

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Old Jun 13, 2009, 7:44 PM   #2
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For first pics these are very nice (nice even if they WEREN'T first pics)

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Very nice, Keltech. I haven't seen any around my home, but my parents had them in their backyard while I was in California. I never could manage to capture them. They are quick!

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Hey Lou,
I'm no expert on humming birds but, I think these are both Black chinned Hummers. The females are next to impossible to tell apart from the Ruby Throated. The male here is lacking the purple on the collar but, sometimes it doesn't show. these are great pix, better than a lot I've seen!
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Old Jun 13, 2009, 10:37 PM   #5
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Robert - Thanks for the kind comment.

Patty - When I lived in California we had a several large Hibiscus bushes at our house. We had Hummingbirds there all the time. Guess what? I just planted a hibiscus bush next to my feeder to help attract more. Hope it works.

GW - My Peterson Field Guide tells me there are only two Hummingbirds in MA The Ruby Throated and the Rufous. I looked on line at the Black Chinned and it is a western species. If that was a Black Chinned at my feeder he was flying the wrong VOR or was blown off course somewhere. I'm stilled perplexed? Maby somone else will chime in with another thought.

Thanks for your effort and your nice comment.

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Well done, these a great shots.

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I've tried several times to photograph hummingbirds, and I've never had any success. Those little critters are fast! You did very well with these.
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I am pretty sure that is a femal Ruby Throated and your shots are very nice and sharp, with great color.

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Great first ones, and if they where not the first ones, they still would be great

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Rodney - Thanks mate.

mtnman - I found that when they stoped to take on nectar they paused for quit some time and were easy to capture. I could not get them when flying too and from the feeder. Thanks for your comments.

ennacac - Thanks for your nice comments. It's the black head that confuses my ID of No. 2. I agree for No. 1.

Ronny - Glad you enjoyed them.
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