Hummingbirds living in the Sacramento Region

The Sacramento area is known for its trees, the Sacramento and the American Rivers, but there is also a lot of wild life. This is in part because the river corridor was kept wide enough not only for the river to flood, but for many animals to wander around.

Here I present a humming bird nest that I found at a home I visited close to the American River College. The house was built in 1955, the same year the College opened.

There are eight species of hummingbirds living in California. (Click on the picture to see the large version when available.)

Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)







Anna’s Hummingbird (Calipte anna)





Black Chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)

Picture by Mdf


Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus; rare)

Broad-tailed Hummingbird; by Bill Ratcliff.


Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope)


Costa’s Hummingbird (Calipte costae; rare)


Roufus Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus)



Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris; accidental)




6 Replies to “Hummingbirds living in the Sacramento Region”

  1. We have 3 feeders up, and live in an area with many chinaberry trees. I have found that they
    either nest in the trees, and they definitely use the bare branches as a lookout and rest area.

  2. We live in Granite Bay and the past several years have had 2-3 Anna’s Hummers all year long at our feeders. This spring some Black Chin hummers showed up and shortly thereafter, the Anna’s disappeared! It is now July and they are gone for certain, but the Black Chin’s are here every day; voracious little guys! Why did the Anna’s leave? Did the Black Chin’s somehow force them out? What gives???

  3. Hi Christina, it depends on the species. Some stay year round and others fly South to Mexico. It also depends on the temperature. When the winter is warmer than usual, the birds may stay around longer.

  4. Is it common for hummingbirds to stay year round here in Sacramento? I have four feeders up. We have ruby throated hummingbirds, many have left but some still hang out here.

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