Although this page is for logging the number of wintering hummingbird visitors, usually Rufous, here's a link to some photos of a very unfortunate Ruby-throated Hummingbird with a deformed bill, which was seen on Sept. 28th, 2006.
August 4th 2006
First sighting of a female Rufous Hummingbird at the beginning of the 06-07 winter season.  She has staked out a place in one of the trees in my front yard and not a tree or feeder in the back yard, as they have in the past.  I was able to see the sun glinting off something metallic on her right leg, while she was scratching the nape of her neck with her right foot!  Got several photos using my scope and a digital camera, from a second floor window.

If she is one of the banded females that spent the winter here last year, this will be her 4th time to return to my yard.  Last year I was able to get several photos showing the numbers on the band.

She has spent a lot of time preening and scratching!

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female Rufous Hummingbird
August 4th 2006
First sighting of a female Rufous Hummingbird at the beginning of the 06-07 winter season.  She has staked out a place in one of the trees in my front yard and not a tree or feeder in the back yard, as they have in the past.  I was able to see the sun glinting off something metallic on her right leg, while she was scratching the nape of her neck with her right foot!  Got several photos using my scope and a digital camera, from a second floor window.

If she is one of the banded females that spent the winter here last year, this will be her 4th time to return to my yard.  Last year I was able to get several photos showing the numbers on the band.

She has spent a lot of time preening and scratching!

Rufous preening
I checked my photos of the female Rufouses that have visited my yard in the past and I don't think she is one of the ones, banded in the last 2-3 years. 

After August 8th, the female Rufous (above and left) must have moved on, as I did not locate her again. 
September 2006
right wing droopy in this pose
droopy right wing very noticeable here
stretching right wing and tail
This female can be identified as a Rufous and not an Allen's, due to the shape of the R2 tail feather (the one without a white tip, 4th from the left)
Sept. 19th 06
This female Rufous is residing in my neighbor's yard, so I tried getting some digiscoped shots of her, from my 2nd floor deck.  Not easy as she was perching in a hackberry tree, just above "her" feeder, and would disappear every couple of minutes to chase off the Ruby-throats.  It was a  windy day, so I tried taking some of the photos at ISO 400, which accounts for the graininess of the 2 to the left, compared to the one above which was taken at ISO 100. 

If you look closely at the photo (above left), you'll see she is wearing a band on her right leg (enlarged in the inset).  She also has a decidedly droopy right wing, and one of the birds banded in Jan. 2004, would sit like this.  I think she is the hummer with the band number N39258, which was first banded on Jan 19th 04, and re-captured on Dec 22nd, 06, then for a third time on Feb 18th, 2006.  If so, this would mean that she's back for her fourth winter.
During Fall migration, we've had many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds coming through.  These four photographs show an unbanded female Rufous trying to take a turn on a feeder on Aug. 26th and 27th!  
N39258 on Feb 18, 2006
Sep 19, 2006
Gorget shape can change over time, but I think there is a similarity here.  The photo on the right was taken when hummer # N39258 was recaptured last winter, in Feb. 2006
close-up of gorget pattern
band
Although this page is for logging the number of wintering hummingbird visitors, usually Rufous, here's a link to some photos of a very unfortunate Ruby-throated Hummingbird with a deformed bill, which was seen on Sept. 28th, 2006.