The Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are the ones with the distinctive whistle or buzz that you hear as they fly around. The buzz is actually caused by their feathers and is loudest when they do their courtship dive.
The males have dark throats which appear bright red when the sun hits it just right.
We have lots of flowers in the yard - which they love.
I never noticed the speckles under his tail before.
The smallest bird in North America is the Calliope Hummingbird. The male also has a red throat - but it appears in streaks instead of solid red. This one was less than 3" long. This is the first year we have identified Calliope Hummingbirds in our yard and we have several.
This is a Black-chinned Hummingbird with black and a beautiful purple throat.
It's really difficult to get a decent picture showing the purple.
Another view of the small Calliope Hummingbird.
This is the bully of the hummingbirds - the Rufous Hummingbird, named for the color on his back. He will guard "his" food source and drive away anyone else who tries to have a drink. It makes for a delightful time watching the hummingbird circus. Did you see his drinking buddy?
The bees are becoming a problem!
I'm beginning to wonder if my camera is having a problem. I just can't seem to get the quality I want.
Why is it that the plainer females pose so nicely when the light is just right - but the prettier males refuse???