Jewell of a hummingbird

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I think this Broad-billed Hummingbird is one of the most brilliantly colored birds that can be found in the United States. Though it is found mostly in Mexico, this hummingbird’s range reaches into southeastern Arizona where I am visiting.


Starting with a bright red bill, this bird stands out. When you see the male of this species in sunlight it’s metallic blue throat and emerald green chest look like hundreds of colored jewels shining brightly. As commonly seen in birds, the female Broad-billed Hummingbird is less colorful–gray on throat and underparts with only the red bill and green back for color.
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Though I saw this species at several locations in southeastern Arizona I took these photograph’s at Paton’s feeders, a well known location in the town of Patagonia, Arizona. A National Geographic news article called the Paton’s ‘Hummingbird Heaven’ because of not only the number of hummingbirds of many species including regional specialties like this and some rarities.


I remember visiting the Paton’s feeders in the 1980’s when I was just becoming a birder. At that time Wally and Marion Paton had opened their yard to birders for many years. They had chairs for visiting birders to sit on while we watched the birds coming to their yard with no charges but a donation box to help pay for all the sugar they went through. Both are now deceased and though the feeders are still open to birders but the property is up for sale.

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Fortunately the American Bird Conservancy is leading an effort with Tucson Audubon and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to raise the funds needed to complete the purchase. Read more and help keep this great location open for both for birders now and for future generations of hummer enthusiasts by donating on the American Bird Conservancy link.

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SeEtta Moss
SeEtta Moss is an avid birder, bird photographer and conservationist in Colorado.