Pelle thought it might be a female Ruby-throat and others have told me they thought it might be a Rufous Hummer. Since I am new to hummers ... this is my very first one ... can someone post a link to a website that shows what the females look like or a photo of a hummer that looks very much like mine? I would sure appreciate it. There is no red on it's throat even now.
I have NOT been able to get a photo of it, only video. I don't know how the rest of you get photos of these quick tiny birds! The video is the only proof I have that I have one coming to my yard. And it is still here. Apparently, it's either a resident bird or is overwintering here.
Pelle - Thanks for your d-mail. If you run across a photo of a female Ruby-throat, please post the link here. I'd so appreciate it.
Resin - I wish I HAD a photo of my bird. I've had no luck whatsoever trying to photograph it. I was able to get the video because I set the camcorder up on a tripod and let it run. The minute the bird sees me outside, it takes off. I can only view it from the window or on video.
you will see photos of the female and male Ruby-throats. What caught my eye is the white tips on the tail feathers. That is what is showing in my video as well. It is possible it is a young male. Which might explain it's shyness. Older birds that use feeders aren't usually as shy from what I have been told. Of course, maybe it is a young female.
I am also wondering if it is a resident bird or if it will migrate in Spring or Summer. I have been told the hummers show up in Spring and Fall here in Florida (if they are migrants). I first noticed this bird in late November and it has been here ever since. I have also been told that many hummers are year-round residents. I will be watching to see what this bird does over the next few months.
Felicia - I was posting at the same time as you. We were both looking at the tail feathers! LOL! How funny that we were doing that at the same time!! :-D
Resin - The program that I use to edit the video will not let me do a screen print. But I will look at some other ways to stop and save a frame of video. I would love to get a photo of this bird to be able to take a closer look. I wish I could just get a photo of it perching on the feeder.
Pelle - I keep looking at the slow motion part of the video. It looks like the throat isn't pure white but with some brown flecks in it. So I am now leaning towards a young male Ruby-throat. Thanks for posting your awesome photos for me to look at for comparison. Very helpful, indeed! Thanks so much!!!
I can never get two ruby throated hummers on the same feeder because all heck will break loose! Now, when the adult males have already migrated, once in a while I'll see the feeder being shared.