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Hummingbird Hopeful in Camas - Rufous or Anna's?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

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(By Mfield, Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4538449)

We recently wrote about Rufous Hummingbirds our region. We’ve always known the Anna Hummingbirds winter over in the Pacific Northwest, but we were a bit surprised to learn some Rufous do too. My husband thinks a female Rufous may have visited our feeder this week, I suspect it’s a female Anna’s hummingbird.  Both are more drab in color than the males, but Anna’s have a sheen of green feathers along their sides, while the Rufous have a subtle red shading. Anna’s are a bit larger than the Rufous too. They also have a long, straight and slender bill.

Perhaps, we’ll spot a Rufous soon. We know for certain they’ll be visiting later this Spring. In the meantime, what do you think – Anna’s or Rufous?

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