The images below show a bird that appears to be an adult female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) that has been visiting the feeder at Doris Burnett's residence on the east side of Tuttle Creek Reservoir. It was first observed Wednesday 9/15/2004; it was still there on the morning of Friday 9/17. Both sides of the underside are rufous, with just a hint of lighter color in the middle. The colored feathers on the neck are in the shape of an inverted V. It has a rufous eyebrow line that is apparent in the first picture below. Tail feathers are broad rather than narrow and pointed as would be the case in Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin). Back feathers are worn, and green with rufous tips. The bird is skittish and does not allow close approach, scolding observers who get too close. It is a banded bird; unfortunately the band cannot be read from the picture. More pictures might be taken... Further opinions about this bird would be appreciated.
Photos © 2004 - Doris Burnett