black chin hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) Trochilidae, male

Missoula, MT
June 12, 2016
Robert Niese

Just as the sun is setting, this hummingbird feeder becomes a hub of activity. We can have as many as 12 individuals feeding all at once! I love it! In addition to RUHUs, we also see many Calliopes and some Black-chinned hummers here. 

May 8, 2016 - Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)

These hummingbirds are found in western North America, from southern Canada through much of Mexico. Like other hummingbirds, they feed on nectar, tiny insects and spiders, and sugar water from feeders. When feeding from flowers or feeders, their tongues extend 13-17 times every second. Highly adaptable hummingbirds, they are often seen in urban areas and disturbed habitats as well as in wilder areas. Females build their nests from plant down, spiderwebs, and cocoon fibers. These materials allow the nests to stretch as the chicks grow.

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There was a hummingbird nest in my sister’s yard a few years ago. It was on a low branch so I could get some pretty decent shots. I believe these are black-chinned hummingbirds (Colorado). They grew so much in just a few short days! Look at their cute little feather eyelashes!

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Male Black-chinned Hummingbird (2017-05-21 2722) by bechtelsf
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Taken in May 2017 during the Gerlach Nature Photography Hummingbird Workshop in British Columbia at the Bull River Guest Ranch.