Northern Arizona Hummingbirds

One of the appeals of Arizona birding is the presence of hummingbirds. For the top shelf buffet you need to go to Southern Arizona where a good day might give you 12 species or more. Northern Arizona has fewer species and no public concentrations that well stocked feeders attract but they are there if you look. The gods of serendipity saw us wash up at The Canyon Wren Lodge just north of Sedona and set in the Oak Creek Valley, we booked in for three days and it was great. The numerous feeders buzzed constantly from dawn to dusk and during our stay we had Broad-tailed, Rufous, Black-chinned, Anna’s, Costa’s, Calliope and Magnificent Hummingbirds. The commonest species was Rufous, there might have been Allen’s also but who knows,

Below a few shots both digiscoped and big camera’d.

Five shots of two different Rufous Hummingbirds, the second with the extensive rufous rump might be an Allen’s but I didn’t see the skinny outer tail feathers despite watching it in prolonged feeding hovers. The Rufous is a cracking hummer and one I’d wanted to see for a long time, I was not disappointed.

A couple of shots of Anna’s Hummingbird in various states of plumage decay. Anna’s was second commonest and one of the boistrous ones at the feeders. We’d seen winter Anna’s in California in 2000 and a single vagrant that was unfortunate enough to wash up in Quebec one cold winter.

A couple of shots of Costa’s Hummingbird, not very common around the areas we visited but they did pop in to the feeders at Canyon Wren from time to time. Below a shot of a Broad-tailed Hummingbird, pretty common but fairly solitary and we saw them most often in woodland clearings.

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