Berylline Hummingbird, Amazilia beryllina
Berylline Hummingbird, female, 8/2/08, Madera Kubo, Madera Canyon, AZ
Berylline Hummingbirds are rare visitors to southereastern Arizona, and a pair had been regularly sighted at the feeders of the Kubo B & B in Madera Canyon when I visited in August 2008. A Flame-colored Tanager was also being seen at Kubo's, but I missed both birds on a series of visits there during my three-night stay. It was only on my last visit there, late in the afternoon before I was to leave, that I saw and was able to photograph the tanager and the female Berylline. Phil and Caroline Snow from Alabama, my next door neighbors at Santa Rita Lodge, got me to make that last attempt, and served as my good luck charm -- thanks to the Snows!