Those of you who live in the state of Maryland can exspect to see two species of hummingbirds: the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the Rufous Hummingbird. These birds will arrive in the area in April and they will depart the area in Sptember. As usual, the males will arrive first and the females will arrive about two weeks later.
If you are trying to identify the these two species, here is some information to help you do so. Here is what to look for when you are trying to identify the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The males have metallic green backs, blackchins, metallic red throats and white underparts. The females lack the black chins and red throats.
If the himmingbird in question has an orange-red throat and crown, its tail and sides are rust colored, then it is a male Roufous Hummingbird. If the back and crown of the bird is green and if the breast and tail feathers are rufous with white tips, then the hummingbird is most probably a female Rufous Hummingbird.
If you live in Maryland, there may not be very many hummingbird species that visit your state, but at least you can enjoy those that do. So, now that you know the species to look for, keep watching for them and enjoy them.