You can readily see that all of our images of hummingbirds so far are blurred. As we have said, we are not expert wildlife photographers, merely amateur naturalists who enjoy collecting and sharing images of our wildlife. These photos were taken in early twilight in late May 2006, at a location in Lower Hot Springs Canyon that has bird feeders, which were swarming with these creatures. Despite the blurring, we think the images above the logo are of male Black-chinned Hummingbirds (which are common in our area), and the two below of a male Broad-billed Hummingbird (which is not -- we don't see them here very often). The Black-chinned male shows a blue-to violet throat color, which looks black in some light conditions. Click on the images for enlargement, if you care to.
In our area hummingbirds are most often seen along the river. We do seem them in upper Hot Springs Canyon and near springs in the uplands, but in those locations we see mostly isolated individuals who are too fast-moving in search of scattered food sources for us to reach for our cameras.
Females are notoriously hard to identify -- here are some images from the same feeders, taken on the same occasion. These too can be enlarged.
During the past two years our Saguaro Juniper Associates Bill and Liz Taylor have organized a project of trapping and banding Hummingbirds along our part of the San Pedro River. They have had remarkable success, and below we attach Bill's report of their work in 2005 and 2006. We hope to add further reports in the future, along with images of their work and the birds they've been banding and releasing as these become available. Click on the link to enter the page.