Black-chinned Hummingbird


In prior posts I’ve shown the Rufous and Calliope hummingbirds that are at our feeders. They arrive in July. The former will stick around for the rest of the summer, but the latter, who arrive in fewer numbers, soon move on. The hummer that’s here all summer is the Black-chinned, which sounds kind of drab, unless you see the violet border to the “black chin” light up in the sun. There is one more hummer that visits us here in the Rio Grande valley. It’s the Broad-tail, which  has a bright red gorget (male throat adornment). He arrives early, and then moves uphill as the summer comes on. I have yet to get a photo of this hummer, but may be lucky enough to see him later this summer, when he returns to this altitude before migrating south.

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I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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