This juvenile female Rufous Hummingbird is currently wintering in the Sharp's Chapel area of Union County Tennessee at the home of Jim Turnblazer. The habitat is open pasture land and grassland with shrubby edges, a very different habitat from the wooded suburban area selected by the Rufous female in the previous post.
Female Rufous hummingbirds are more difficult to identify than males which have more rufous coloration in their feathers, even as immature birds. The wind was biting cold on the morning of December 15th while Mark Armstrong, Jane Kading and Jim Turnblazer worked together to set up the trap near the same area that this hummer was accustomed to finding the feeder.
Next: Our third visit--a male Rufous in Loudon County
In east Tennessee, report hummingbird sightings to Mark Armstrong at Woodthrush@bellsouth.net or 865-748-2224. For a list of contact information for other eastern areas, visit winter reporting on the Hummer Study Group website or report sightings to Bob and Martha Sargent, Rubythroat@aol.com or 205-681-2888.
Western Hummingbirds Wintering in Tennessee
Allen's Hummingbird in Tennessee
Rufous Hummer in Knoxville
Other blog posts on Wintering hummingbirds in Tennessee
In recent years, fourteen species of hummingbirds have been documented in the east during fall and winter months. Visit Bob Sargent's information on wintering hummingbirds
Bob Sargent describes the Rufous Hummingbird as very cold-hardy.
Sargent on wintering Calliopes and the Allen's Hummingbird
Hummingbirds in watercolor
Hummingbird art on Vickie's Sketchbook blog
Cornell's All About Birds: Rufous Hummingbirds
Bird Banding Laboratory
Birds of North America--I highly recommend subscribing to the online version for detailed descriptions of all North American bird species.