5/4/09

Yellow Hummingbirds?












For three consecutive years now I have seen a prothonotary warbler drinking from my hummingbird feeder. This year I was able to get a couple of photos. I have taken to the removal of one of the four bee guards in order that he may drink. Has anyone else heard of, or witnessed this behavior before?

Mike Framptom-Price

31 comments:

Kelley said...

I have not seen this warbler but I know I have seen a yellow hummingbird. I'm thinking a freak of nature because before I knew about hummingbirds and their colors, I know I saw a yellow one hovering over a water hole. My son's friend said he saw one last year around Huntertown, IN. We are going to try and get a picture of it. I grew up outside of Corunna, IN. These towns are about 20 minutes from each other. :)

Neil said...

I believe I saw a yellow hummingbird at my feeder in Savage, MD (Howard County) Never saw one before.

Lonewolf said...

Today is May 24,2010 and i just saw a yellow humming bird outside my window. I live in Nova Scotia ,Canada
Never in my life have i ever seen one this color

Jeri said...

I had a yellow hummingbird at my feeder last week. First time I've seen one. I'm in Indianapolis, In.

Sue said...

Hi,
I live in Maine and saw a yellow hummingbird outside the window a couple of days ago. Never saw one that color before.

Kathryn said...

I am in Austin near Lake Travis; my feeder was visited this evening by a yellow hummingbird with dark wingtips.

Frizz said...

August 23, 2010 - my husband said he saw a yellow throated hummingbird at our feeder this morning. I asked him if he had been drinking - we only have Ruby Throats, right?! I have to see this for myself...Traverse City, MI

genjohnsonjameson said...

I saw a tiny,vivid yellow hummingbird two weeks ago in Eastern Kansas. To date, it's the smallest hummingbird to visit this year.

kittykat said...

I seen a yellow and black humming bird 3 times now first time was in blair indiana around 1997 and the last 2 years in irvington alabama ive tried to look it up but no information verry bright and pretty

Dahrens135 said...

I saw yellow and black hummingbird at my feeder in Shillington PA. Never saw one that color before.

ellen kelly said...

I believe I have had a yellow
hummingbird at my house
flipping around a pretty little
thing fluttering his wings
just like a red one
I live in burlington,ontario,canada

~SHY~ said...

I have a yellow bodied and black tailed hummingbird that has nested in my tree. I wanted to find out the species, but found this site instead. I live in Ft. Wayne, IN.

BayLeeButterCup said...

I was out today photographing wildflowers at a lake near my home.It is also considered to be prime habitat for local wild birds.I saw a yellow hummingbird that I disturbed when I walked up. I tried to get a video but it did not return. Anyone know of these in central Arizona?

Annie said...

My daughter and I both saw an actual, fluttering, drinking hummingbird on my front porch..it was eating out of one of the feeders I have hung there. It had yellow from the side of its head all the way down the wings. We were only about 3 ft away from it, and she captured it on her phone video. We live in Louisiana.

Park View Ward said...

I live in Palm Desert CA and I just saw a yellow-orange hummingbird. In 10 years, I have never seen one here in the valley. We have had a very warm winter.

I wonder where they migrate from?? Anybody know?

Unknown said...

I live in Salem, OR and I just saw my first yellow hummingbird. All yellow, no black. I looked in the bird books, and they don't show any yellow hummingbirds, so I looked online and saw this site. I found it interesting the locations they have been spotted, so I'm adding mine. :)

Unknown said...

I live in Salem, OR and I just saw my first yellow hummingbird. All yellow, no black. I looked in the bird books, and they don't show any yellow hummingbirds, so I looked online and saw this site. I found it interesting the locations they have been spotted, so I'm adding mine. :)

Unknown said...

I live in Salem, OR and I just saw my first yellow hummingbird. All yellow, no black. I looked in the bird books, and they don't show any yellow hummingbirds, so I looked online and saw this site. I found it interesting the locations they have been spotted, so I'm adding mine. :)

argosy78 said...

I have a yellow bodied hummingbird with green wings that came to feed on my petunias and now comes regularly to a feeder that I bought. What is amazing is the balcony is on a 14th floor condo, but I can't find out any info about its name or type.
Barbara Z

argosy78 said...

I have a yellow bodied hummingbird with green wings that came to feed on my petunias and now comes regularly to a feeder that I bought. What is amazing is the balcony is on a 14th floor condo, but I can't find out any info about its name or type.
Barbara Z

Sheri Williamson said...

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but I suspect the reason that no one has posted a photo of an actual yellow hummingbird is that they turned out to be yellow non-hummingbirds like this warbler or poorly observed normal (non-yellow) hummingbirds. There are "orange" hummingbirds in the U.S. and Canada (adult male Rufous), the iridescent throats of some species are either yellow (Ruby Topaz of S. America) or can appear yellow from some angles (Rufous, Allen's, Ruby-throated, Anna's), and pollen can leave yellow deposits on crowns, throats and bills, but no hummingbird species anywhere in the world is entirely or predominantly yellow.

genjohnsonjameson said...

Oh, your analysis wasn't a buzzkill at all S. Williamson. I do find your conjecture to be rather insulting and dismissive. Sounds like ten minutes on wikipedia researching hummingbirds has made you an unparalleled genius.

People are seeing yellowed hummingbirds. Pollen dusting? Poor observations? Would you provide some sampling data to back up your conclusions? If only 10% of these sightings are something other than pollen-dusted birds, warblers, or etc, and are true sightings, then we clearly have something new or perhaps undiscovered on our hands potentially.

Thanks for your input though.

Sheri Williamson said...

Extraordinary claims--in this case, a previously unknown species of hummingbird visiting feeders and gardens in densely populated, heavily studied North America--require extraordinary evidence. People report seeing Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, too, yet no credible evidence for those cryptids has come forth despite generations of searching. People are certainly seeing something, just not what they're interpreting it to be.

If someone can produce a photo of a genuine yellow hummingbird (not photoshopped), I'll happily and humbly apologize to you and anyone else who took offense at my skepticism and help the photographer document this historic discovery for the ornithological literature.

Norma Napoleone said...

My husband and I saw a hummingbird drinking at our feeder in Aiken S.C. yesterday. This was a hummingbird and it had a yellow crown, yellow back, yellow tail, and yellow and green wings. This was not a moth, nor a thrush. Once it fed it sat in the tree and guarded the feeder, fighting off other hummers then fed again. We were not hallucinating.

Sheri Williamson said...

Misinterpretation is the issue, Norma, not hallucination. The iridescent colors of hummingbirds can change dramatically depending on the angle of view, the angle and quality of the light, and the condition of the feathers. I can understand how someone glimpsing a bright golden-green sheen on a brightly-lit hummingbird might interpret the color as yellow, but the bird is still objectively green.

A related issue is that color perception can differ slightly from person to person because of variations in the way the visual pigments in our retinas respond to different wavelengths of light. What I see as yellow-green might register as yellow to someone with a slight genetic variation (and that's not even taking the various forms of color blindness into account).

From the time of year and behavior, I suspect the bird you saw was an adult male Rufous, whose back and tail are extensively non-iridescent "orange." Again, I can imagine someone interpreting the faded fall plumage of a male Rufous as a shade of yellow rather than orange or rusty, especially in contrast to the deep green of a typical Ruby-throated.

Despite all the reports here and many more elsewhere, we're still waiting for photos or video of an entirely or extensively yellow hummingbird.

genjohnsonjameson said...

You're a condescending bitch. Do you know that? Have you nothing else better to do than come in here and troll motherfuckers over hummingbirds? Insinuating the posters here are illiterate and/or colorblind? Get the fuck out!
How about you take your lame ass over to the ufo forum and play skeptic/debunker there.

mdoschu said...

A yellow hummingbird, no other markings, showed up in my yard yesterday. I'm out of Post Falls Idaho, just a few miles from Spokane, Washington.

Estevan Gonzales said...

I live in El Paso, Texas, and for the last two or three years I have had a finch with a red head and also a woodpecker both help themselves to the hummingbird feeder outside my window. This is a desert and it gets very hot, but I think they really just like the sweetness in the water. They don't seem to bother the hummingbirds, but they are heavy and tilt the feeder, which causes a little bit if spilling.

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

Glenwood Springs, Colorado, June 16, 2014 a bright yellow hummingbird right at my window, no more than a couple of feet away, beautiful.

Pansy Phelps said...

I have only seen one predominately black and grey white under belly bright yellow head very small it was right in my face and hovered in front of me

Tina said...

ak8-3-14...I have seen an almost black or very dark green hummingbird with a very predominant yellow throat the last few days at my feeder...what kind is this...I usually have ruby throats.

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