Yes, the DH took it this week. He was describing it as having blue from the chin down the breast. I was surprised that it was something I hadn't seen before. I think I am going to enjoy his retirement. LOL!
I believe this is a Black Chinned Hummer, but I didn't know if they should be in my area yet. The Ruby Throateds have been here a couple weeks, but he definitely doesn't have red on his throat. He is the first hummer I've seen and he's become a real regular already at the feeder on the front porch.
Most of the time you can't see it, but at certain angles I could see a deep purple gorget. I tried for a while to get that angle with the sun to show his purple, but this was the best I could do.
And this was when he snuck up on me. I was standing still leaning against a post, focussed on the feeder, waiting for him (he tends to fly off if he sees me move, but if I'm still he'll come close) when I heard him at the hanging basket on the post right next to me. Then he went down to the ground to sip nectar from the salvia in the bed, then he went for these red verbena before I even had a chance to plant them!
nanny, that is exciting to have the Eastern Phoebe. Sorry I didn't say anything in my other posts. I was concentrating on making sure I put the right pics up of the hummer, but I'm excited for you! I also saw one of them for the first time on my camping trip, but didn't know what it was until Resin told me, lol.
Can you please help me with this first sighting for me?
I was thinking Pine Siskin but when I read, in Sibley's, the length of 5 inches I wasn't so sure anymore. I don't give as much weight to bird length as other determiners but this bird was bigger than a house sparrow. I am sure because there were some in the tree at the same time. Please note the hint of red on the face.
Taken through my kitchen window about a half hour ago.
Thanks so much for your help.
Rose, I think that's what I've identified at my place as a Field Sparrow. I think they're really cute, the pink bill was the identifier for me, along with the white eye-ring. If you've got an I.D. book, check it out and see what you think.
I think you are right Sadie! I had checked my Stokes book but the color was wrong but after checking the Audubon Handbook it looks just like a Field Sparrow. He had such a lovely song...that is why I noticed him. Thanks for your help...that makes 2 new birds for me today! Also got some pics of the Eastern Towhee!! Yippee!! Does the fun never end?!!! LOL!
Thanks Pelle...I've got enuf of them in the yard and they roost outside my bedroom window you'd thing I'd know that one! I saw her sneaking around in the woods and thought it was something exotic!! LOL!
Sorry Nanny… I'm shutting up now. I'm not one to ramble on and on. Not like those bugs bunny cartoons where they can't shutup. Nope, that's not me. I know when I'm supposed to be quiet and go to bed. Yep. Never been one to have to be told twice. No sirreeeeeeeee.