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Mystery Solved
Patience and a keen eye are needed for accurate bird identification. After some assistance the mystery about this bird's identity is solved:

"Last fall, I posted a photo of an odd-looking male hummingbird coming to my feeder and wondered what it might be. I got several very helpful responses, one of which turned out to be correct. Karen Metz thought it might be a young male Anna's. I've kept an eye on this bird all winter long, and it did slowly reveal itself as a male Anna's. Here's a photo I took of him earlier today." From John in Bellingham, Washington 02/12/14

male overwintering hummer
Photo: John Doerper