Date: 9/12/20 9:26 am From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] Startling numbers of Rufous Hummingbirds in Lubbock
If one gets to Clapp Park early (the first hour or so of light), the number of hummingbirds is stunning. From static points I was able to tally 11 (the big sunflower patch along the west side of the main playa), 6 (the mid-sized sunflower patch at the southwest corner of the main playa), 4 (shrubhenge), 5 (the willows/sunflowers at the east end of the dike), and 4 (the willows/conifers at the north end of the park). There was a lot of movement within the patches but I saw no birds flying from patch to patch. This made for at least thirty hummingbirds at the park (and this does not include isolated birds or birds from the arboretum.
The overwhelming majority of birds were showing extensive enough rufous on the underside and enough rufous in the brow to call them Rufous Hummingbirds. The only adult hummingbird I saw was a male Rufous Hummingbird. I was able to get eyes on at least four immature female, five immature male, and one adult male Rufous Hummingbirds.
Additionally, I have at least six hummingbirds in my yard right now (fighting over four feeders) and all appear to be immature Rufous Hummingbirds (though one might be a Broad-tailed Hummingbird - will try to get eyes on all these birds later this morning ... after I put up two more feeders.
I also had 1 immature female Calliope Hummingbird, three immature female and one immature male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Some of the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds were showing a bit more salmon than normal but none had orange in the brow. This is, as Justin Bosler pointed out on texbirds, reflective of a better-than-average movement through the region of these two species as well
I also had one immature female Ruby-throated Hummingbird and two immature female and one immature male Black-chinned Hummingbirds - these are normal numbers for this time of year.