Small Brown Hummingbirds that love my flowering tr Aug 29, 2018 14:55:33 GMT -5 kims32 likes this
Post by Joe M on Aug 29, 2018 14:55:33 GMT -5
Aug 11, 2018 13:38:56 GMT -5 Dleu said:I don't wish to be disrespectful, but the self styled experts who claim there are no small light brown hummingbirds in North America are quite mistaken. We have a plentiful community of them in our suburban yard outside Council Bluffs, Iowa.
They are amazing beautiful little creatures who love to visit our feeder and nearby flowers, both red and blue. They frequently appear two at a time and are active from early morning to evening, and throughout the day. They have been entertaining us for much of the summer and much to our joy we have recently seen even smaller juveniles which I assume are recently fledged. These recent arrivals are not much bigger than August grass hoppers.
Not only do they frequent our feeder, but often perch briefly on adjacent tiki torch giving prefect up close (5 - 8 feet) viewing opportunites. They definitely are solid light brown with no hint of other colors, though possibly a slightly lighter shade on their breast. Their coloration does not match photos of any hummingbirds I have been able to find anywhere. New species? Perhaps, but definitely very real delicate little birds and not moths!
Your not being disrespectful Dleu, but their are regional differences in the species that normally can be expected. We are a FL site and in the summer months (May-Aug) it's unusual, approaching rare, for a solid brown/brownish hummer to be found in FL. In Iowa its certainly common to see Rufous-hummingbirds but not here in FL. During the winter here we see Allen/Rufous as well as another 7-8 western species but they are pretty rare and local.
A Sep.-Feb. report of a brown/brownish hummer would not be discounted as being erroneous out of hand, but addition information would be requested. Its a notable observation but not common. Let me know when you see a Male adult Rufous they are not all brown! Pretty spectacular gorget to say he least!