Wintering Hummingbirds 2010-2011
Richmond, near Houston, Texas
On Friday, January 21st, 2011, this beautiful male Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope) visited my feeders. This is the very first time this species has been seen at my home and I've been keeping records here for 18 years. A new bird for my yard list! Calliope Hummingbirds are a western species and are quite rare on the Gulf Coast of Texas, so this sighting will be reported to the Texas Hummingbird Roundup organized by Texas Parks and Wildlife, and also to eBird, an online checklist and database of bird sightings.
Update: He has now moved on, but I am so happy I was able to provide him with food on 2 frosty mornings.
The immature male Selasphorus hummingbird below, arrived on December 24th, 2010 and is still here. The two photographs were taken 23 days apart, so you can see how his molt is progressing, with more rufous coloring appearing on his head and back, with gorget feathers growing in on the left side of his throat. He is most likely a Rufous, but an in hand examination of the shape of his tail feathers, by a hummingbird bander, is needed to determine that he is a Rufous and not an Allen's.
This page was last updated: February 2, 2011
Male Calliope Hummingbird - January 21st, 2011