Hummingbird central

Posted June 12th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comment (0).

If you live in North Dakota or Minnesota you’ve got one hummingbird species with which to occupy your time, the ruby-throated hummingbird. If you encounter a different one, it’s a rare event.

The desert southwest, though, sits at the core of nearly all other hummingbird species to occur in the US.

Aside: Hummingbirds are restricted to the New World, most in South America. None are endemic to the Eastern Hemisphere. Less than 25 species have been recorded in the US while Columbia, for instance, has more than 160.

It’s easy to view hummers in Arizona: They are regulars at the state’s more famous residential feeding stations such as Patton’s, Beatty’s, and Ash Canyon B&B. During this week Dean Riemer and I have seen 10 species–all spectacular–three of which were new to me. This short list included a large and subtly beautiful species called a blue-throated hummingbird. This one was at Beatty’s:

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