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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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    • Michelle
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      Yes! We have Ruby throated hummingbirds in the NE where I live. Also, I have seen a Black chinned in FL and a Ruby topaz and Blue tailed emerald in Aruba. I am hoping to travel west soon to see more!
    • Another favorite hummingbird story of mine occurred at the retail store I work at in Ohio.  When I came in everyone wanted me to evict the poor hummingbird that nobody else could corral.  I went up to the corner it was in on a ladder and held my hand by it.  It went right in my hand without fuss.  I took it outside and gently laid it on a bush.  After a minute it flew off.
    • I have been able to see quite a few species traveling.  The Broad-tailed Hummingbird is a favorite of mine due to it's "metallic trilling in flight".  Another one I saw that I wish I had taken a better look at was at home in Central Ohio on my American Beech tree on Halloween.
    • Kate
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      Yes, in Michigan we only see Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. Last year, they loved the salvia we planted for them as well as flox and the feeders. They will buzz behind us as we sit outside eating dinner! When the feeder gets low, they will stare into the dining room window until I run out with a refill!
    • Pamela
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      Where I live in Indiana the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is our only resident.  We feed them sugar water from May until September when they migrate.  We have seen the tiny nest on our property. When we traveled to Arizona, Oregon and California we saw several other species including Anna's, Rufous, Rivoli and Allen's.
    • Cristina
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      Yes, on a trip to Brazil, at Bonete's beach (Sao Paulo): the Black Jacobin and the Saw-billed Hermit! It was great and I was able to get some images of them (and other birds) with my phone. Here's a small video I made: https://vimeo.com/784014918
    • Peter
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      Here on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, I've only seen Anna's Hummingbirds. However, they stay with us year-round, presumably because of the fairly mild climate. We do get snow occasionally and have to be extra vigilant with the feeder, refilling should it freeze. This animated GIF only hints at the urgency of refueling on a rare snow day in February 2021. Anna's Hummingbird Feeding in a Snow Storm 2021-02-13
    • Earlene
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      Yes.  Living in Southwest Virginia, USA, we get Ruby Throated hummingbirds from about April to September, depending on the weather.  I have a feeder handing outside my kitchen window and enjoy watching them while eating my meals.  They are one of the highlights of the summer.
    • Lorena
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      I have the privilege to see hummingbirds everyday in my garden. I live in Guatemala, and my garden is a little paradise: azure-crowned, white-eared, Rivoli´s, berylline, rufous sabrewing, mexican violetear, and my favorite, sparkling-tailed hummingbird. And I wait every september to welcome ruby-throated hummingbird.
    • Tam
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      I have seen a few hummingbirds in California and Arizona. One common bird  was the Anna’s Hummingbird near a stream within a woodland area in California.
    • Chad
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      Yes several!!! Living in Indiana USA I am limited to primarily Bee Hummingbirds more specifically Ruby Throated. However while traveling in California this past year, I was able to photograph some Anna's and I believe a couple of Rufous Hummingbirds.  1M0A77841M0A64711M0A3837
    • Mitch
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      I have seen and photographed ruby throated hummingbirds in my back yard in South Carolina.Ruby throated Hummingbird maleRuby-throated Hummingbird female
    • Paul
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      I have seen many hummingbirds and hope to see more.  No matter how many times I see the same species I am totally absorbed in their behaviors.  By the way, many of the things said about hummingbirds can be similarly said about fish that live in coral reefs.
    • Carol
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      Yes! But since we live in the Eastern US the only one we've seen in person is the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. That said, we need to look out for other species in our future travels in the western US as well as South and Central America. I did see a Ruby Throated Hummingbird at one of our feeders for 45 minutes!! I know because I timed it - it would feed, look around, go to another feeding "hole" on the feeder, look around, feed again. Fascinating!
    • Lisa Craig
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      I see only Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds on my porch in Northern Michigan, but I love watching them all summer long.
    • Sherrill
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      I only have seen the ruby-throated to my knowledge.  I do put out nectar for them in spring, summer and early fall.  Here in Georgia our weather is warm for quite a long time.   They are such a joy to watch.  This past summer I enjoyed two hummers dancing in the rain in front of my porch. I didn't get a photo because I knew if I moved they would fly on.  It was such a joy.
    • Rachel
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      I have only seen two. One was at my parents' house (last year in Tampa, Florida) and the other was in California near Muir Beach (in March of this year). Each time was only a few seconds, but both times were magical! The one in Tampa was probably a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird; I'm not sure about the one in California. For anyone interesting in reading about hummingbirds, I recommend The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds by Jon Dunn. I read it earlier this year. It was very interesting and included a lot of amazing photos of a variety of hummingbirds!
    • Allison
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      We live in Las Vegas and have hummingbird feeders. We always have Anna's Hummingbirds, during the summer we have Black Chinned Hummingbirds, and in the winter we have Costa's Hummingbirds.
    • I live in New York and usually we only have Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, but this year, a Black-chinned Hummingbird showed up on Randall's Island (1st record for the state) and last year, a Calliope Hummingbird showed up on Long Island, NY. I always wonder how vagrants get to where they end up and if it will become part of a larger trend of birds from warmer climes becoming more common.
    • I've been feeding hummingbirds for a few years now. Here in the heart of northern California, I mostly see a lot of Anna's year round and Rufous hummingbirds during migration times. I have anywhere from 9 to 12 feeders up, depending on the season and weather conditions (more during rainy days). One particular feeder (with 7 feeding ports and 4-cup capacity) gets emptied twice a day (once by mid-day and then by the end of the day). I guess they like that model or location, or something. So, lots of hummingbirds here!
    • I see Ruby throated hummingbirds regularly here in Quebec. Last year I drove across Canada to Vancouver and saw Anna, Rufous and Caliope hummingbird. Beautiful!
    • Ruth
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      I have no images to send.
    • iden
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      I am fortunate to live in an area in Southern California with a number of hummingbirds around our neighborhood. My wife and I often see Anna's hummingbirds and Allen's hummingbirds with some frequency. I had no idea there were so many different families or species of hummingbirds throughout our hemisphere, though. We feel very lucky every time we get to see one of these beautiful birds.
    • Nicole
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      We have ruby throated hummingbirds visit our honeysuckle every summer.  I can usually count on seeing 1-2 every day during dinnertime, and I've seen a few interesting activities.  One time the hummingbird was chasing bees away from the honeysuckle, and another time two birds spiraled up really high into the sky - I'm guessing another territorial battle? We were in Peru last year, and I wish I had seen some of the species native to that area - we'll have to go back to South America!