Most of these photos show a good clear image of folded wingtips and end of tail. In all cases the wing tips stop well short of the tail end, which is rounded. Calliopes have a notched tail, which accentuates the primary extension.
On Fri, May 10, 2019, 8:30 PM Timothy Steeves <timothydsteeves...> wrote:
> 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? > > https://variousoregonbirdingpiks.blogspot.com/2019/05/mystery-hummer.html > > -- > Bill Tice > > : > Birding - The best excuse for getting outdoors, and, for avoiding chores >