[Tweeters] mystery hummingbird--opinions sought

Wally Davis wallydavis3 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 11:23:06 PST 2017


Most likely a female or juvenile Anna's. Certainly not Selasphorus.

Wally Davis

Snohomish



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Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2017 11:19 AM
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Subject: [Tweeters] mystery hummingbird--opinions sought



Tweeters:



In wrapping up the compilation of the Everett-Marysville CBC, as in several
recent years, I've had to reject a couple Selasphorus reports owing to lack
of details/documentation. But I'm in receipt of a few interesting photos of
a mystery hummingbird photographed by a feeder-watcher on the CBC. Wonder if
some of you in Tweeterland might be interested to comment. Here are three
photos:



https://www.flickr.com/photos/14115261@N05/31922955761/in/dateposted-public/



(side profile of feeding bird). This very dark bird is long (note the red
feeder-cup length is exactly 1.5" long), my estimate based on this is a
4.3-4.5" length. Though the photo colors are washed out, please note that
the only white area is on the undertail coverts--the breast is dark mottled,
the back is a very dark green with a faint paler collar at the nape.
Can't explain the little white flecks but thinking this is a molting young
bird. Note also that the wings are long--extending past the tail tip.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/14115261@N05/31198944514/in/dateposted-public/



https://www.flickr.com/photos/14115261@N05/31198944514/in/dateposted-public/

(angle front views of bird)--here the longish bill is well shown. Please
note that it is also relatively fine-tipped and slightly drooping toward the
tip. The latter shot also shows a dark face/throat and the breast is
dark-mottled.



Any thoughts are appreciated.



Scott Atkinson

Lake Stevens

mail to: scottratkinson at hotmail.com









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