Green Violetear in Abilene, TX

Posted Jul 8th, 2011 at 10:59 pm in Birding, Photography

Today I saw and photographed a Green Violetear at my father’s house in Abilene, TX. It was a little surreal to look out the window expecting to see a Black-chinned Hummingbird and be greeted instead with this colorful monster. This was a first for me in Texas and the United States. I’ve previously only seen the bird in the Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. It was also a life bird for my wife. Not bad for a day when I wasn’t officially birding.

Anyway, I thought I’d post pictures online before heading off to bed, since I know many people are considering chasing the bird.

Green Violetear

Green Violetear

Green Violetear

8 Responses to “Green Violetear in Abilene, TX”

  1. Great.
    We had one a few weeks ago near Manhattan, KS for 3 days…
    Irwin L Hoogheem
    Ogden, KS

  2. Gorgeous! It couldn’t have picked a better yard =)

  3. Fantastic pics! Hope to see it! Dale

  4. Neighbors on Uvalde CR 350 had a Green violet ear several yrs ago, and we went nutty. RBA had to come to confirm it, didn’t trust us (our pics weren’t good) These are great! thankis..

  5. Heidi told me off this sighting yesterday late afternoon. I got goosebumps. Excellent bird. Great photos.

    Heidi and I got this bird in Bastrop yrs ago. Our first shared life-bird at the time.

    We love and miss your ALL.

  6. Madaleine utters:

    Please post if he returns tomorrow. I live in Odessa and would love to see it, but couldn’t go until tomorrow. Thanks

  7. I’m posting updates on Texbirds. If you want to follow the latest news, make sure you’re signed up for Texbirds.

  8. Peggy Beckham comments:

    Fantastic. Thanks so much, Jay. Has anyone picked up the Cottonwood Bird Census route. Know you and your Mother did it for two years. Would hate for it to be dropped. Hope all good with you, and what an incredible bird! Peggy

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