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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 07:15   #1
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Canada, Southern Vancouver Island, Early February, 2016

Hi everyone. This one might be a little bit tough because the photograph is unfortunately not very good. It was taken from very far away and the bird is looking away from the camera.

So, It might be a good challenge!

I've attached two copies of the same picture. One cropped but otherwise as it came out of the camera. The other with shadows / highlights adjusted in photoshop to see some of the coloring better.

I'm not good with lengths, but the tree trunk it is standing on is probably about half a foot wide. So it's not a very large bird.

Hopefully someone will have a better idea than I do!
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 08:01   #2
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A very early Tree Swallow?

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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 08:04   #3
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anna's hummingbird (on phenology).
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anna's hummingbird (on phenology).
Of course!....I was on the wrong coast...
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 09:27   #5
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Hi everyone. This one might be a little bit tough because the photograph is unfortunately not very good. It was taken from very far away and the bird is looking away from the camera.

So, It might be a good challenge!

I've attached two copies of the same picture. One cropped but otherwise as it came out of the camera. The other with shadows / highlights adjusted in photoshop to see some of the coloring better.

I'm not good with lengths, but the tree trunk it is standing on is probably about half a foot wide. So it's not a very large bird.

Hopefully someone will have a better idea than I do!
Must be a Giant Hummingbird then.
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Looks like a hummer to me, too, so likely Anna's.
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Old Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 16:23   #7
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Thanks a lot! You guys are probably correct. There are lots of Ana's around here, and it turned its head, I'm sure it would have been more obvious.

As for the giant hummingbird, I think more likely I made a giant misjudgement in the size of the trunk. There was nothing in the picture to give it scale... It was probably a tiny branch!
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