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With fall migration on the horizon, watch scores of hummingbirds swarm through the Davis Mountains.

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August 18, 2017

Foraging Rufous Hummingbird Flashes Iridescent Orange Throat Patch

If you spot a hummingbird with a reddish-orange central throat patch, you've probably got your eye on a female or immature Rufous Hummingbird; although not all females display this characteristic. Watch this rufous flash its iridescent throat patch at the camera while frantically hovering from port to port in West Texas. 

August 18, 2017

Immature Blue Jay Begs for More Seed Cylinder

Sometimes even big birds beg! While this Blue Jay doesn't quite look like a young bird at first glance, some subtle plumage characteristics and behavioral cues tell us that it is, in fact, a juvenile. Notice it has less defined markings on its head and less barring on its upper wings than an adult, and it also displays a wing-begging posture when soliciting its parent for food. More study is needed on post-fledging parental care in Blue Jays, but adults will continue to feed their offspring for 1–2 months after they've left the nest! 

August 17, 2017

Flashy Male Broad-tailed Hummingbird Defends Nectar Port

It looks like there's a new sheriff in West Texas! Watch this flashy male Broad-tailed Hummingbird keep an eye (and bill) on every hummer that comes near the feeder.