Allen's Hummingbird report

Mike Patterson celata at
Thu Jun 3 06:52:16 PDT 2004

There was at one time a specimen record for Allen's Hummingbird
in Washington, the the specimens has apparently been lost and I
don't believe the record is considered valid any more.

The birdbox report is most probably another case of a green-
backed Rufous male being ID'd based on the green-back and no
other field marks. Rufous Hummingbirds males especially later
arriving second-year birds can have quite a lot of green in
the back (as much 75%, routinely 30%).

As always, the report should be checked out, because one just
never knows, but it is most probably not an Allen's.

--- original post ---
Subject: Allen\'s Hummingbird report
From: birdbooker AT
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 20:50:51 -700

Did anyone follow up on this report from the birdbox:
I would like to report an ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD at my feeder in my back
yard for
the last two days. We have taken a picture and I’m hoping someone will
give me
a call back about this sighting.

Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
celata at

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