Berylline Hummingbird, Amazilia beryllina

Berylline Hummingbird
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 both the tanager and this female Berylline, the latter only in this one image, unfortunately not in sharp focus. Still, these remain my only sightings and photos of these two rare birds, and I owe them to Phil and Caroline Snow from Alabama, my next door neighbors at Santa Rita Lodge, who convinced me to make that last attempt--thanks to the Snows!