So as not to waste the food (one must toss out any that sits more than a few days), I only added a couple ounces of sugar water to the feeder. I noticed last night, it was half gone! I guess I won't be wasting much after all! And that pretty male was around first thing this morning, too. Spring is here...
The bird was a male, all decked out in breeding colors. Quite green on top, with a bright, almost cherry-red throat patch (gorget). It is amazing to me how different these birds look...depending on the light. The large photo here, makes the bird seem almost golden, when in fact it is quite green, and the gorget can look almost black sometimes, yet it is not.
This humming bird is a creature of our Rocky Mountain meadows in the summer-time. The male Broad-tailed's wings make a cricket-like whistle in flight. The chin, under brightly colored gorget, is white, as is the belly.
As I mentioned last year, one of the easiest ways to tell the difference between Black-chins (the tail-pumpers) and the Broad-tailed (the buzzers), when they're not buzzing or pumping, is that the Black-chins throat-colors seem to wrap further back on their heads and well up to the eye; giving them a darker-looking head.
You can find more pictures here, where I found these thumbnail shots of the BTAH.
Large photo from Wikimedia