18 August 2014 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird (another one)

Another day, another window-killed hummingbird.  This one was heading north when it met its end. This is the 10th hummingbird fatality, and the 180th overall.

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Regular readers will note a very similar post from yesterday, and a superficially very similar-looking bird. 

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This one was more obviously a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  The following photo illustrates that the tailtip extends well beyond the wingtips.

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Next, I examined the bill to look for corrugations indicative of a hatch-year bird.  I can’t see any.  This looks like an after hatch-year bird; plumage-wise, she’s female.

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So I’ve got an AHY, female, Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  I checked one last thing to clinch that identification – the shape of the 6th primary.  Sure enough, it’s a perfect match for the shape indicated as “AHY/ASY” female Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Peter Pyle’s Identification Guide to North American Birds.

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