These hummingbirds look similar to the Rufous. Males have rust-colored rufous flanks, rump, and tail, but also have a green back and forehead. Females are similarly colored without a throat patch. Instead, they have a speckled throat. They are small, adults reach only 3 to 3.5 inches.
The Allen's Hummingbird is common only in the brushy woods, gardens, and meadows of coastal California from Santa Barbara north, and a minuscule portion of lower Oregon.
Spotted at Hilltop Park in Signal Hill, CA. This female hummingbird was possibly nesting in a tree with a male whose pic I'm also uploading. I'm uncertain about the i.d. of either, but I believe I've got it right now. I do live within the range of a third, non-migratory hybrid (with Anna's) Floresi's Hummingbird, "Selasphorus" floresii, but that female shows some throat patching. I am also too far south to be comfortably within the range of Rufous.
Lat: 33.78, Long: -118.17
Spotted on Jul 17, 2012
Submitted on Jul 17, 2012