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Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2003-2004
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped

According to a PABIRDS post by Scott Weidensaul, during the winter of 03-04 there were "reports of almost a dozen and a half apparent Selasphorus hummingbirds in the state, of which [he] was able to band six, and Nick Pulcinella banded one. Most appeared in October and November, though one in York County was present through at least Jan. 23, 2004."

Allegheny Co. -- 2 (TWO) Rufousoids in Sewickley Heights
(not banded) - FO fall? ↔ LO Dec?


Two Rufous/Allen's-type Hummingbird were observed in Sewickley Heights during the fall of 2003. (Local Notes - pg 45 Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1)

Berks Co. -- Probable Calliope (not banded)
FO late Sept 03 ↔ LO shortly thereafter


I have reports that this bird was seen by birders and photos were taken - which are not yet available.

Bucks Co. -- ? Rufous - present through 11/16/03

This bird was seen at a home whose owner did not want the bird banded.

Bucks Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Hilltown Twnshp.
FO 10/25/03 ↔ LO 1/10/04 ↔ Found Expired 1/11/04


This bird was observed feeding AFTER DARK at a feeder near a heat lamp during the night of 1/9/04. It was found expired on 1/11/04 and a post-mortem exam was performed by Nick P. There are 2 photos of this bird on pg 35 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1; one photo on Dec. 03 by Jim Glick; a second post-mortem photo with spread tail to demonstrate rectrix conformation by Nick Pulcinella on 1/17/04.

Carbon Co. -- Imm. male Rufous in Ashfield
BANDED by Scott W. on 10/23/03 -- present through at least 11/16/03


This bird was seen at the home of Christina van Gelder. "The bird had a great deal of orange on the nape, tail and rump, and a few orange feathers on the back. The throat was heavily stippled with dark flecks, and there was a cluster of iridescent gorget feathers in the center." (Scott W. on PABIRDS)

Centre Co. -- Hatching Year Female Rufous in Port Matilda
BANDED 12/27/03 by Nick P. - FO ~12/15/03 ↔ LO 12/27/03


This bird was found to be malnourished and easily stressed at the time of banding.

Cumberland Co. -- ? hummer - present through early 11/03

This bird was described as bigger than a rubythroat, with green sides and no rufous - (possible GRVE??? - RMP)

Dauphin Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Middletown
BANDED by Scott W. on 12/16/03 - FO early/mid fall ↔ LO 1/10/04


This hummer had apparently been present since earlier this fall, but because the homeowner is not a serious birder, word of it came out only during December. It was visiting the feeder at the home of Glenn Hicks Jr., on Woodland Avenue just off Vine Street in Middletown. The bird returned to the feeder 15 min. after banding and was seen to return again later that day.
There is a photo of this bird taken 1/1/04 by Tom Johnson on pg 34 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1.

Erie Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Waterford
BANDED by Scott W. on 11/3/03 - FO late Sept. 03 ↔ LO 11/8/03


A hummer was banded by Scott Weidensual at the residence of Claire Terrill in Waterford PA. She was described as a beautiful adult female Rufous, as confirmed by body measurements and particularly the width of her outermost tail feathers.

Fayette Co. -- Imm. Female Rufous near Belle Vernon
(not banded) - FO 11/10/03 ↔ LO 12/12/03


This hummer was present at the home of George and Christine Zerambo close to the Monongahela River near Belle Vernon. I saw this bird personally on Saturday 12/6/03 - with lots of snow on the ground! This big snowstorm unfortunately prohibited an attempt to band the bird that day! The same picture shown below by Geoff Malosh is also found on pg 298 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 17 No 4.

Belle Vernon PA Rufousoid Hummer
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This Rufousoid hummer was seen visting a feeder over the back patio deck of a house near Belle Vernon.

4 Pix from 11/23/03 and More Info HERE on Geoff Malosh's page


Belle Vernon Hummer on Dec. 6 2003 Belle Vernon Hummer on Dec. 6, 2003
Photo by my good friend June Bernard

Fayette Co. Imm Male Rufousoid in South Connellsville
(not banded) - FO 10/21/03 ↔ LO 1/10/04 (JA)


"This bird, which reportedly appeared for the first time on October 21, 2003, looked to be a first winter male Rufous Hummingbird. The homeowner reported that when the bird first appeared, it had extensive green coloration, and had molted into the appearance in the January pix before her eyes over the past three months."

South Connellsville PA Rufousoid Hummer
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This Rufousoid hummer was seen visting a feeder at the home of Joanna Adams in South Connellsville.
Picture by Geoff Malosh.

2 Pix from 1/10/04 and More Info HERE on Geoff Malosh's page

Lancaster Co. -- Imm. Rufous/Allen's in Peach Bottom
(not banded) - present on 10/19/03


A "Rufous/Allen's-type Hummingbird [feeding] at Pinapple Sage this morning [10/19/03] at about 10:30 AM." The bird was not seen again that day - "only 2 quick looks in the morning". (Bob Schutsky on PABIRDS and email update in Oct 2017)

Lancaster Co. -- Rufousoid 3 miles west of Morgantown PA
(not banded) - present on 11/3/03


A "Rufous/Allen's-type Hummingbird was seen on Nov 3 2003 at a feeder near Morgantown PA.

Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Williamsport
BANDED 10/20/03 by Scott W. -- FO 10/10/03 ↔ LO 1/14/04 (DF)


There are 2 pix of this bird on pg 298 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 17 No 4, one in-hand photo by Dave Ferry, and one on a feeder by Bob Tompkins. There is also a picture taken 12/6/03 by Dave Shollenberger in Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1.

Williamsport, Lycoming Co. Hummer on feeder
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Pix from October:  Pic1  Pic2  Pic3  Pic4  Pic5

Pictures from December 2003 at Dave Ferry's
Note band on right leg!
Williamsport Rufous in the Snow!

Schuylkill/Dauphin Cos. Imm. Female Rufous in Tower City
BANDED by Mary G. -- Found expired 1/13/04


On Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004 one of the school maintenance workers at Williams Valley School District in Tower City, Schuylkill County, found a dead hummingbird underneath a large window at the school. This immature female rufous turned out to be the bird that Mary Gustafson had banded Dec. 4, 2003 in the Ripley Garden of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., where this bird is now in the specimen collection.

On Nov 30, 2013 I was informed that the Schuylkill/Dauphin County line runs right through the school property at the Williams Valley High School and Middle School, so this might be a Dauphin Co. record.

York Co. -- Imm. Male Rufous in New Freedom
BANDED mid-Dec. by Scott W. - FO 10/10/03 ↔ 1/23/04


This bird was banded at the location of it's primary feeder, but after banding was found to switch exclusively to the use of a second feeder half-a-block away which it had apparently been using also the entire length of its stay. There is a photo taken 12/6/03 by Rick Hurley on pg 35 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1.

New Freedom, York Co. Hummer on feeder
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New Freedom, York Co. Imm. Male Rufous
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?? Co. SC PA -- ? Rufous - present through 11/16/03

This bird was seen at a home whose owner did not want the location shared. Scott W. went to attempt banding, but did not see the bird.



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