Sunday, August 18, 2013
Allen's Hummingbird, Selasphorus sasin
Allen's Hummingbird, Selasphorus sasin, visiting the feeder in my back yard. The vast majority of the hummingbirds in my neighborhood are Anna's Hummingbirds. However, this year a pair of Allen's moved in and occasionally show up at the feeder. By putting out two feeders, it appears that the hummingbirds are actually sharing the feeders (for the first time ever), particularly first thing in the morning and in the evening just before the sun sets. Allen's Hummingbirds are normally found North of Santa Barbara. However, there is a colony in the Channel Islands and another in Los Angeles. The Allen's hummingbirds in the back yard could be part of the migratory population on it's way to/from central Mexico or it could be an offshoot from the Los Angeles population. Either way, they are a welcome sight at the feeder.