Black-Chinned Hummingbirds visit Mineral Wells

The Black-Chinned Hummingbirds of Mineral Wells, Texas – We went from rarely seeing them in our neighborhood to having regular visits. This post marks four exciting days in a row that we have been visited. I have not seen any males but there are four females feeding in our neighbor’s trumpet vine. Males are easier to distinguish from other breeds of Hummingbird; while the females are indistinguishable from other breeds such a the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. Only its “song” and the bird map differentiate the two for me. You can find my last posting and photos here and my best set of photos here.

It continues to be a good summer for birding in Palo Pinto. Several uncommon birds have been spotted and the Mississippi Kites are still making regular appearances overhead. The weekend before last, I spotted my first Summer Tanager. A co-worker has reported a Kestrel two days in a row just off Hwy 180 close to the base entrance. As soon as I get photo documentation, I will get them posted. Other friends have reported Painted Buntings sitting in their yard.

Black Chinned Hummingbird
Black Chinned Hummingbird Female
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 3 August, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/1500s

Black Chinned Hummingbird
Black Chinned Hummingbird female
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 3 August, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/1500s

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