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    BCK,
    I don't know what species they are. I've looked at many pics on many sites, but can't figure out which it is.

    These guys are cool, not afraid of humans at all. I walk past them all the time and momma hummingbird won't get scared and fly away. She built her nest about 3 ft. off the ground, made it really easy for me to snap some shots [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
    Good thing the neighborhood cats didn't find them!
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    Nice photos Larry.

    Assuming the bird sat on the nest in the second picture is an adult female, I would say that the species is almost certainly Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri. The females of none of the other species that breed in S. California show that distinct, eyestripe - earpatch pattern. It would have been nice to get a good look at the tail-shape and of course Dad, who's throat pattern is the best ID feature.

    As an English bird-nut, I'm basing my ID on field guides, rather than experience, and am prepared to be proved wrong.

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    Incredible, breathtaking! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] (standing ovation) I would say they are emerald-headed humminbirds which may be the same thing as black-chinned, but we get them around 3-5 months a year at my lakehouse in Texas! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] GOOD LUCK! I love to watch and feed, last season I saw some nesting behavior in our Huge live oak where the hummer feeder is, but the branches are mainly 10+ feet up so, I'm just assuming... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    You should be a photographer! Very nice! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Ooo...so sweet... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Thanks for sharing...the last time I saw a humming bird was when I was teaching in the class and it flew near the window...looking like it's searching for a nest...
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    WOWEE Larry! Right now I think I'm suffering from ''OH THAT'S SO CUTE!!!''

    LOL wonderful pictures!
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    So what does daddy look like or is he to fast for a photo? They sure grew up fast, we have some ruby-throats that nest every year in the big red maple behind the house. They are so silly. The male will come around to the computer room and tap on the glass if something is wrong with the feeder. One of the babies last year would buzz you outside if it ran empty, lol.
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    Vic, I was at the bookstore the other day, flipped through a hummingbird book and saw a pic of Calypte costae. That looks kind of like what I photographed. I don't know for sure, I'm more inclined to go with your opinion since you know more about birds than I do. Guess I'll need to do more research!

    I've never seen the male, only momma and the babies.
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