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All throughout the spring, summer and fall we have many hummingbirds that visit our backyard feeders. We have estimated that there are multiple families of three different bird types and upwards of over 150 birds during peak season. The hummingbirds nest in the canopy of our backyard Canyon Live Oak trees.

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Anna's Hummingbird

Calypte anna has an iridescent bronze-green back, a pale grey chest and belly, and green flanks. The adult male has an iridescent crimson-red derived from magenta to a reddish-pink crown and gorget, which can look dull brown or gray without direct sunlight and a dark, slightly forked tail. Females also have iridescent red gorgets, though they are usually smaller and less brilliant than the males'. Image by

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Calliope Hummingbird

Stellula calliope;These birds have glossy green on the back and crown with white underparts. Their bill and tail are relatively short. The adult male has wine-red streaks on the throat, green flanks and a dark tail. Females and immatures have a pinkish wash on the flanks, dark streaks on the throat and a dark tail with white tips. Calliope hummingbirds are a migratory bird, generally leaving their breeding grounds earlier than most birds to take advantage of the late-summer wildflowers in the mountains of western North America. Image by Hummingbirds Plus

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Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus; The adult male has a white breast, rufous face, flanks and tail and an iridescent orange-red throat patch or gorget. Some males have some green on back and/or crown. The female has green, white, some iridescent orange feathers in the center of the throat, and a dark tail with white tips and rufous base. Image by Kyle Cheriton