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My accuracy in ID-ing hummingbirds has suffered in the past...but I am fairly sure that pictured is a female black-chinned hummingbird, based on research in the Peterson Field Guide. We have what I believe to be a mating pair where we live. The male courts this one by flying back and forth in an arc front of her, making a sort of whirring noise.
These birds are attracted to our feeder, in an urban area in the Mojave Desert.
I note the attached Wikipedia article indicates Nevada to be this bird's breeding range, and they winter in Mexico and Central America. I have seen these birds in Nevada as early as mid-February...probably due to the early spring.
Spotted on Jul 5, 2014
Submitted on May 19, 2015
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