Texas, USA, hummingbirds back on the internet


This video from the USA says about itself:

The West Texas Hummingbird Cam Returns! – Sept. 4, 2019

The jewels of West Texas are back! The West Texas hummingbird cam sponsored by Perky-Pet has returned to an all-new site tucked away in the Davis Mountain range. Tune in now to observe over a dozen species of bejeweled hummingbirds fuel up along their fall migration routes as they fly south to warmer climates.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

The Wait Is Over: The West Texas hummingbird cam sponsored by Perky-Pet has returned to an all-new site tucked away in the Davis Mountain range. Tune in for a chance to observe over a dozen species of hummingbirds fuel up along their fall migration routes as they fly south to warmer climates. Prepare to be dazzled by the orange glow of a Rufous Hummingbird or the Lucifer Hummingbird‘s uniquely curved bill as they sip nectar from the many feeding ports of the Perky-Pet Grand Master hummingbird feeder hosted by the hummingbird experts at West Texas Avian Research. Tune in live.

Learning Who’s Who: With the hummingbird-heavy autumn season underway, the cam’s up-close view provides a great opportunity to key in on the specific characteristics that differentiate the several species visiting the feeder. If the light hits right, the iridescent throat patches (i.e. gorgets) of adult males will giveaway their identity in a flash, but their comparatively drab female counterparts can be much harder to tell apart. Check out the “Species Info” tab underneath the live stream for a list of commonly seen species.

Young Birds Muddy The Waters: Many immature hummingbirds will be making their first southern migrations this time of year, which can throw a wrench into the hummer ID process. In most cases, immature birds resemble adult females with slight plumage differences. If you are having trouble telling some birds apart, don’t get discouraged. It can be extremely difficult to distinguish some female and immature birds with the naked eye.

Tools To Help: Check out the online Bird Guide from All About Birds for an in-depth look at each hummingbird species on cam. Browse photos, read up on the four keys To ID each bird correctly, and compare similar species with side-by-side photos and descriptions. Want to compare all the species in one place? Download this Hummingbirds of North America poster from our friends at Project FeederWatch. What are you waiting for? Start studying up on the jewels of West Texas!

1 thought on “Texas, USA, hummingbirds back on the internet

  1. Pingback: Rufous and Lucifer hummingbirds in Texas, USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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