Like a bigger hummingbird

In Southwestern Ontario, this bird visited my bird feeder today. The best way I can describe it, is that it immediately reminded me of a hummingbird, only much bigger. About the size of a sparrow, but thinner. It was black and white with a kind of striped pattern. And of course, it had a fairly long pointed beak. Also, it would land on the ledge of the bird feeder, pick up a seed then fly on top and stand and hit the seed on the top, as if trying to crack it open.

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Sep 12, 2013
Humingbird?
by: Anonymous

Saw one in my garden yesterday. Acted like a hummingbird going into the petunia's one by one. Got close-up view - long beak, wings going extremely fast. Never saw anything coloured like it - the stripes.

Jul 20, 2012
I think I saw the same type bird.
by: Anonymous

7/20/12: Estes Park, CO. I saw a bird at the suet feeder with an extremely long bill and about the size and coloring of a white breasted nut hatch but not the large white area around the throat. Definitely the bill was as long as a hummingbird's.
So far I've not found it listed in any of my bird books. If anyone knows the name/type, please let post. Thx.

Jul 20, 2012
I think I saw the same type bird.
by: Anonymous

7/20/12: Estes Park, CO. I saw a bird at the suet feeder with an extremely long bill and about the size and coloring of a white breasted nut hatch but not the large white area around the throat. Definitely the bill was as long as a hummingbird's.
So far I've not found it listed in any of my bird books. If anyone knows the name/type, please let post. Thx.

Jun 05, 2011
Not a hummingbird moth...maybe a nuthatch
by: Anonymous

Hey!
Cool info about the hummingbird moth - looked it up and it is the weirdest looking thing. However, this was definitely a bird. It was walking around on the bird feeder, and was bigger than a hummingbird. It's possible that it was the white breasted nuthatch, but it definitely looked more striped with black and white. I'm starting to wonder if maybe it's some sort of woodpecker...

Jun 04, 2011
Nuthatch?
by: Anonymous

Maybe it was a White Breasted Nuthatch based on the description that was all i could come up with hope it helps. Here is a link to help.
White-breasted-nuthatch


Jun 03, 2011
Might not be a bird :-)
by: Anonymous

Sounds more like the mature tomato hornworm aka 'Hummingbird Moth'. They change (morph) just like butterflies do. Next time you see it count the legs :-) (As I recall there will be 6!)
They are really quite friendly and will happily take nectar from a flower if you hold it in your hand...
Keep us posted...

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