Allen's Hummingbird
Selasphorus sasin

The Allen's hummingbird ( Selasphorus sasin ) is more timid than Anna's hummingbird.  Since I placed a second feeder on the other side of the house so that the male Anna's hummingbird could not guard both feeders at the same time, Allen's hummingbirds visit as frequent as the Anna's.

Allen's hummingbird, Selasphorus sasinThis is a male Allen's hummingbird.  Each time he dips his bill into the "flower", he folds his wings.  As he pulls it out he starts his wings going, as shown here.  Even though he remains firmly set on the perch.

Allen's hummingbird 
Selasphorus sasinWhen the lighting is right, and he looks at you, you will see the male's throat flash red.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  It is a brilliant flash.

allen's hummingbird
 Selasphorus sasinThis shows the colors of the male Allen's hummingbird better.  Note that at this angle his throat looks black.  It can be difficult to distinguish between the Allen's and the rufus hummingbirds.  Having observed the same individuals repeatedly I am confident of my identifications.

allen's hummingbird
Selasphorus sasinThis is a female at the feeder.  She does not have the red throat.  One occasion as I watched, a fledgling perched on a nearby branch.  The female tanked up at the feeder, then hovered above the little one to feed it.  (I think they always check to make sure that I don't have the camera ready before unusual activities.)

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