I go birding in California several times a year and I have to say, there is one bird that I seem to see far more often than any other…
It’s the Allen’s Hummingbird. When he shows his colors, they are a very bright and flashy orange.
There range is from southern Oregon down into Mexico. They seem to follow me around everywhere I go birding in California. Often times I’ll hear them buzzing around in nearby trees, only to look up and see one posing for a photo shot.
They are similar to the Rufous Hummingbird, the males have green on their backs, but the females and juveniles of both species are identical, so the location where you see them is the only sure bet to identifying them.