The best I can tell from the research I’ve done on the web, the hummingbirds I have coming to the feeder right now are Anna’s Hummingbirds. Here is a great close-up. If you look at the other birds listed on the page, many of them visit the deck, if not the feeder itself.
The Gila Woodpecker is probably the most annoying “nectar” thief. I remember when I first moved here I thought it was cool that I had woodpeckers visiting regularly. That wore off in a hurry!
The Cactus Wren are so cool. They don’t drink out of the feeder, but they do run around the deck and the apartment complex. They are the Arizona State Bird and I can see why. They are smart and entertaining.
The Morning Dove, by contrast, are dumb, but harmless enough. I haven’t tried, but they seem like they would be easy to catch! I think God put them on the planet to feed hunters like coyotes, cats and people.
Gambel’s Quail are neat. It’s rare for one to fly up to my third story deck, but it has happened. Mostly, I see them foraging in the empty lot below. They are especially cute when they have a string of chicks following them! Just like the Partridge Family, except with quail.
And I’ve already covered the Hooded Oriole story.
It’s a story of one man’s love for hummingbird as told by the Tucson Weekly:
For Jesse Hendrix, it all started when he and his daughter saw a hummingbird in his yard almost 20 years ago.
He bought a hummingbird feeder, filled it up, and the next day, he saw two hummingbirds flying around his trees.
“The more hummingbirds came by, the more feeders I put out,” Hendrix says. “The more feeders I put out, the more hummingbirds came by.”
One thing led to another, and now more hummingbirds feed at Hendrix’s home–located just a few miles north of the Mexican border–than any other part of the United States, according to some researchers.
Now he he has a full time job feeding hummingbirds that cross his property as they migrate as from one tip of the America’s to the other!
Here’s a little segment from BBC Wildlife w/David Attenborough: