Date: 7/14/17 3:40 pm From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Allen's or Rufous leucistic Hummingbird - consensus
Initially I was sure the flight pattern was very indicative of a young male Allen's. Then it was suggested to me (by a non-birder) that he may be a rufous. I scrutinized the tail feathers in shots I took and also in shots others sent me. Then I wasn't so sure anymore...
The general consensus is that he is indeed an Allen's Hummer.
*I thank you all for your input* and I have learned to "listen to your guts" on bird ID - especially if you are familiar with the species characteristics. I consider myself a junior varsity birder at best. But some days I feel like I know precious little!!! Birds teach me lessons every single day!