Sure looks a lot more like a female caliope to me than rufous. Lots of central spots on the throat indicate caliope female. However I will let the experts decide.
Timothy Steeves Portland Happy spring birding everyone! Hi All,
I spent a few hours over in the Newport area today with my wife. While walking the paved trail from the S Jetty to South Beach, I photographed this hummer. I think it is a female rufous, but it is a little puzzling. Has a red bill base, which I suppose may be a result of its position related to the sun? But as long as I have seen hummers over the years, I have not encountered such except for those species which are known to have red on their bills. I originally thought maybe a calliope at first because of the light speckling on the throat, and especially since I need one for Lincoln County. It appeared short tailed from my original angle. But the photos I obtained are inconclusive it seems for tail length, as well as showing more rufous on the sides than what a calliope has. What do you think?