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As fall migration continues, we say goodbye to the hummingbirds.  In tribute to the hummingbirds, I can show you a few that I saw this summer.  I believe this is an Anna’s Hummingbird.  Note the bright back.

I’m not 100% positive because hummingbirds are so hard!  Unless they’re like the guy below from Golden Gate Park, you have to add up identifiers.

When you can see the pink flashes, it’s clear that you’re dealing with an Anna’s Hummingbird.  So I want to say that the one below is a female Calliope Hummingbird, but that type of hummingbird is rare in Utah.  However!  They are found here during the summer and during migration.  I took the photo on September 5, so I might be right.  My belief is based on the brown underparts and the face having a white background with spots.  Anna’s seem to have green underparts and a grey face.  [Update! My friends are saying Rufous hummingbird, which is a common migrant for Utah.]

Also, I think the back is a less shiny green back.

What do you think?

2 Responses to “Hummingbirds”

  1. Jill says:

    aw, hummingbirds! Love that third shot …females are so hard to identify! My husband (he knows his stuff but wasn’t totally sure) seems to think Broad-tailed hummer. Are these all in your backyard? Fun stuff!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jill! Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog so much.

    Boy, now that I look at pictures it could be a Broad-Tailed too! And they are common in the summer.

    I took the pictures of the Anna’s Hummingbird at Red Butte Gardens, which is part of the University of Utah. The unknown hummingbird was in front of the Beehive House at Temple Square. I’m hoping to plant things that will attract hummingbirds to my garden next year, but this year I was focused on making vegetables.