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Old Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 02:49   #1
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Hummingbird identification

Filmed this hummer in my yard today. I live in central alabama. I've had ruby red throated hummingbirds before, but have never seen these. I have a small groupings of these, around 10, that have been in my yard for around a month now. Can someone please help identify?

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Old Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 03:17   #2
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Juveniles or females. Only adult males have fully red throats.
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Old Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 03:28   #3
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As Fugl points out, only adult males show the full emblazoned gorget. Occasionally, juvenile males will show a few gorget feathers, the distinctive ruby color. It's very difficult to see, requires a close view to detect. Tails are distinctive in the adults, but juveniles are usually wintering when molt occurs. Ruby-throated id >Here<


Scapes' howdy btw, welcome to forum

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Old Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 03:36   #4
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Thanks!!!!

I've been doing this for about ten yrs now. I would only get about three birds a summer. BUT, I'd always see atleast one male. This year is different, as I have a TON more, and haven't seen a single male, hence, me thinking they weren't ruby reds I had this summer.

They usually come at beginning of August, and will move along around OCtober.

1) do y'all anticipate me getting a male, or will I just have a ton of juvis and females this year?
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1) do y'all anticipate me getting a male, or will I just have a ton of juvis and females this year?
Probably not now, unfortunately - the adult males tend to migrate south a bit earlier than the juveniles.
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Probably not now, unfortunately - the adult males tend to migrate south a bit earlier than the juveniles.
Thank you Nutcracker :)
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