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      Have you ever seen a hummingbird in real life? Is it one that has been featured in the course so far, or a different species? Tell us about it in the discussion below!
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    • june
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      Yes I’ve seen many hummingbirds, mostly Anna’s and Rufous, they feed on our window in summer and in winter from a hanging feeder with a light attached to prevent freezing, we can only put that up when the bears are hibernating. I live in North Vancouver BC Canada
    • Student Birder
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      IMG_0475IMG_0474I have only found one nest ever…but oh boy this find made my day…perhaps my year
    • Jim
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      Yes. I photograph hummingbirds and want to learn as much about them as I can. I captrure Anna's in my back yard and was curious as to why I don't see any other species where I live in Roseville (Northern California). Venturing to the UC Davis Arboretum, Davis, CA., I also found Anna's the predomnent species, but learned that Black-chinned migrate through the area in the Fall and late early Spring. but in early July I found a black-chinned in a garden north of Marysville, much to my delight. I also caprured Rufous-taile and Scaley-breasted in Panama two years ago, and am on a bird photography (and other wildlife) tour of Costa Rica in late November 2024.20240630-20240630-Oroville Trip-139-NEF20240609-UC Davis Shoot-253
    • Gretchen
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      I currently have rufous hummingbirds coming to my feeder and flower garden!  (In SE Alaska) We even seem to have a baby hummingbird. (We also sometimes see Anna’s!) Wish I had a decent camera to share photos—they are a delight!
    • Hannah
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      I see black chinned, rufous, Anna's and Calliope hummingbirds in the Okanagan, BC - frequently, I have feeders out for them and the first hummingbirds arrive almost the same day every year from their migration - April 7th
    • Kerry
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      Ruby throated on US east coast - both males and females frequent my feeder. I have also seen Anna's in Arizona.
    • Anne
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      I traveled to Tucson last April to visit Paton Center for Hummingbirds and photographed a few species for the first time.  The Broad-billed hummingbird was one of my new favorites!IMG_2827
      • Jim
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        Beautiful image Anne! Now I have a reason to go to Tucson.
    • Chris
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      We regularly have Anna’s hummingbirds in our Seattle-area yard. The males can be quite feisty and territorial. One year, a male Anna’s chased all the other hummers away from the feeder. I had to put a feeder in the backyard and another one in the front. He couldn’t guard them both at once. :-)
    • Panagiotis
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      I am from Europe so the only hummingbirds were a Ruby-throated in Central Park back in 2015 only for a few seconds and the Cuban Emerald Hummingbird & Bee Hummingbird in 2022. We watched those at nectar feeders in a private garden of a local older man. It was amazing to see how the birds approached the owner without hesitation but at the same time were cautious with us new unknown human beings at the beginning.613735777 Me and my wife can't wait to visit the western U.S. and Costa Rica to watch birds, especially targeting hummingbirds. Unfortunately there is no chance for the trips before 2026. I use this course for preparation & daydreaming.
    • Edie
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      I just returned from a trip to Panama where many different species of Hummingbirds reside.  Among them we saw the white necked Jacobin, and this green hermit with its white tail tips.     IMG_0313
    • Samara
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      We used to count on seeing Calliope Hummingbirds in the Robinson Canyon area near Ellensburg WA. They came back to the exact same bush. We haven't seen them in the past three years and wonder what happened.
    • Lisa
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      IMG_5308I love to bring our little feeder on our Utah camping trips. This black-chinned hummingbird was feeding regularly when the feeder was suctioned to the window. I tried holding the feeder and he fed from my hand! I especially enjoyed seeing his gorgeous purple gorget!
      • Panagiotis
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        That is a marvellous experienece!
    • Amanda
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      I've been fortunate to encounter some hummingbird nests, including Black-chinned Hummingbirds nesting on a cactus in Arizona, and Oasis Hummingbirds in Chile.20230331_13242820190727_192200
      • Chris
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        Beautiful photos, Amanda! Thanks for sharing them.
      • Gretchen
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        Beautiful!!
    • Amanda
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      Anna's Hummingbirds visit my back garden in Northern California. They are one of three species that I have observed here in San Francisco. The other species are Allen's Hummingbird (a regular summer visitor to the city), and Rufous Hummingbird, who pass through the city during spring migration.
    • Charlie
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      In my research before moving to Ecuador, I was thrilled to discover that Ecuador has over 130 species of hummingbirds. One of my favorites so far is the Chestnut-breasted Coronet at Tapichalaca Reserve in Southern Ecuador. They were the most aggressive of the 4 species I saw and they put on quite a show at the feeder with aerial acrobatics. However, the Collared Inca was not easily intimidated.P4120558-251-ORF_DXO3P4120033-88-ORF_DXO3
    • Elizabeth
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      Hi to all! We live between the salt marshes of San Francisco Bay and the oak woodlands of the Oakland hills. We have many Anna's hummingbird visitors to our garden; they especially enjoy the flowers of our Chiapas sage and California fuchsia. e
    • Martin
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      Last summer we had a Black-chinned Hummingbird build her nest on the end of a live oak branch less than 10 feet from our living room window. Initially we weren't sure what was happening, just noticed hummingbirds lingering around the same spot several days in a row. Then we noticed one was regularly returning to the same branch and building what we thought might be a nest. We observed the entire sequence from courtship behavior (though not realizing it at the time), through nest building, brooding, guarding, feeding and fledging. She laid two eggs. Once we observed a Cooper's hawk fly right up to the nest as we watched from the living room but he quickly left without incident! She had to chase off the Northern Cardinals from time to time. One night there was a ferocious rain storm with strong winds blowing the thin oak branch 4-6' up and down in the pouring rain. She was hunkered down in the nest but it seemed the tumultuous movement would certainly disrupted the nest and/or her and her eggs. Nightfall came and we had to wait till the morning to see that she had weathered the storm and remained nestled in her nest on the eggs! Eventually only one of the eggs hatched but she nurtured the baby until it fledged. It was a magical experience.DSC02095
      • Nicoline
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        What an incredible experience! Thank you for sharing and for the picture. The resilience of your little female hummingbird is remarkable!
      • Sarah
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        What an amazing experience your little friend shared with you!  Thank you for sharing with us!
      • Gretchen
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        Wow!! Amazing, thanks for sharing!!
    • Peggy
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      We have Calliope, Black-chinned and Rufus at our feeders at home just north of Spokane, Wa.  Sometimes there are as many as 7 or 8 flitting around.  The Rufus seems to be the most territorial and aggressive.  The male Rufus can dominate the feeders and chase all the rest off.  He only seems to hang around for a month or so, the the others are here for much of the spring and summer
    • CAROLYN
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      Anna’s Hummingbird travels to central Oregon, arriving when the pine-needle penstemon, with its orange-red tubular flowers, begins to bloom in June.
    • Rich
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      Yes, we have several Hummingbirds in my area. They are all very active throughout the day even in the growing extreme temperatures here in AZ. 100_0068
    • Shawn
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      In Seattle, we seem to have a lot of Annas in the area. They are totally fearless dive bombers.
    • Jim
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      We see Anna's Hummingbirds only in our back yard, where we have a feeder. In 2023 I had a blast photographing a couple of pairs on the feeder and in flight. But 2024 is different. Here in Northern California we experienced several really heavy downpours, thunder and windstorms in the winter of 2023-24. Now we only see one or two males (the picture is one of them. The absence of females is worisome.   20240526-Male Anna HB-172-Enhanced-NR-Edit
    • Yes, I have seen hummingbirds.  I've seen the Ruby-throated; this is the one I'm most familiar with.  However, on trips to Colorado, I've seen Roufus, Broad-tailed, and Black-chinned.  I think I saw a Calliope in Washington, somewhere outside of Seattle.  I love them!
    • Maria
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      I have many many Ruby throated hummingbirds at my Coral honeysuckle and my nectar feeders in Southampton, NY.