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Stray Hummingbird

by Jerry
(Cincinnati, Ohio USA)

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

I live in southern Ohio.

I know the male and female ruby-throated hummingbird.

I have one or two different hummingbirds coming that are larger and plumper and are two shades of taupe.

I thought we only had ruby throats in Ohio.

What might these be?

Hi Jerry

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most common Hummer to inhabit Ohio and most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains.

It is also the only Hummingbird that nests east of the Rockies.

But, there are more and more sightings of other Hummingbird species in the eastern United States and southern Canada.

This past winter there was a Rufous Hummingbird in a backyard for several weeks in Southwestern Ontario.

Rufous Hummingbirds have also been sighted in Ohio and once a report of a Caliope sighting according to Sciencing.

This site also gives account of other Hummingbirds in Ohio. (I cannot vouch for this site as they talk about the Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the beginning of the article but the photo is definitely not a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. But I do not think the sightings are wrong.)

I would be inclined to think they would be Rufous Hummingbirds, especially youths or females, according to your description of "taupe".

Lighting, shadows and position all make such a difference in colour when describing birds.

Rufous are about the same size as Ruby-throated Hummers, but most photos they do look chubbier.

If you can take photos of these two visitors to your hummingbird feeders it would make identification much easier.

If you do not have a camera able to take the photos, perhaps you might borrow one.

Or you could contact your local bird watching group or nature group and inform then about your sightings.

Someone there would probably be more than enthusiastic about visiting your yard to take photos.

Whether you follow through with that idea or not, letting know would be an excellent thing to do, with or without photos.

It is very easy to setup an account and then you could report about these visitors and all your visitors if you are interested.

It would make you a "citizen scientist", a very noble and worthy occupation which is easy and painless, but contributes so much to saving our birdlife.

Here is the link:

I hope this helps you a little and please let me know if you are able to identify your visitors.

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