Need help with Oregon hummingbird ID: (1 Viewer)

Dave S

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I saw it long enough to click this picture then it flew off into the sun so I could only see a colorless sillouette. Sorry there couldn't be more in the picture. This was taken today in Hillsboro, Oregon. The area is a bit marshy, but not too bad and this was in an area where trees were pretty spread out. I was on a bridge so I got it at eye level.

I did see a ruffous hummingbird about 1/4 mile from here last week, but it was obvious. Without color, I'm at a loss to identify this.
 

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smudgepot

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Oh what a fun challenge! I think it might be a juvenile. I thought it might be Black-chinned, Anna's, or Calliope. My guide says Black-chinned is rare in your area, so maybe that's not it. A juvenile Calliope is supposed to have creamy yellow on it's sides and belly, so maybe that's not it. My best guess is a juvenile Anna's, but I'm not very sure at all.

Is he holding his head weird? Because it looks like something funny is going on with his neck and shoulders.
 

craig whitmore

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Dave S said:
I saw it long enough to click this picture then it flew off into the sun so I could only see a colorless sillouette. Sorry there couldn't be more in the picture. This was taken today in Hillsboro, Oregon. The area is a bit marshy, but not too bad and this was in an area where trees were pretty spread out. I was on a bridge so I got it at eye level.

I did see a ruffous hummingbird about 1/4 mile from here last week, but it was obvious. Without color, I'm at a loss to identify this.
Hi Dave; My guess is an immature female rufous. Ruffous and Allens females are almost impossible to separate without a bird in hand, but you are probably too far North for the Allens. According to Thayer BNA those throat stripes will aglomerate to a spot as it matures.

Had a pair of ruffous hang out at my feeders here in Northern California for a month this spring, and I was hoping they'd raise a family. No such luck. They just kept on going.
Craig
 

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