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Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2005-2006
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped

Season Summary as of 9/21/06
31 hummingbirds in 21 counties -- 10 Banded

Centre Co. -- Green Violet-ear in State College
(not banded) - FO 8/?/05 ↔ LO 8/?/05


"Somewhere in Centre County, in very early August, an unusual hummingbird was seen several times in a backyard. It was mostly green, substantially larger than the many Ruby-throats present, and one person is confident of seeing a decurved bill. Four people saw the bird, all with at least some birding experience, and agreed absolutely it was not a Ruby-throat." (Greg Grove on PABIRDS)

In June 2011, prompted by the report of a GRVE in Kansas, there was a renewed discussion of the Centre Co hummer on PABirds. Scott Weidensaul stated that the bird "was described to me as a magnificent, but with a curved bill - which strongly suggested green violet-ear, but there were no photos or other observations." Deb Grove stated that "several members of the State College bird club sat and sat, hoping to see it, [but] it never showed up again." (PABIRDS)

Northampton Co. -- Probable Selasphorus near Easton
(IDed as definitely NOT RTHU)
(not banded) - FO 9/4/05 ↔ LO 9/4/05


A Selasphorus Hummingbird which was observed to definitely have rufous at the base of the rectrices was seen in the morning by Arlene Koch and in the afternoon by Devich Farbotnik at Arlene's farm near Easton. The bird was positively not an adult male Rufousoid. This is Arlene's second Selasphorus hummer, the first was in November 2001.

Lycoming Co. -- Probable Adult Male Selasphorus in Williamsport
(not banded) - FO 9/4/05 ↔ LO 9/4/05


A Selasphorus Hummingbird was observed with "red/rufous [which] was very obvious on its flanks and belly and [which] was clearly a male bird" by Dave Ferry at his feeder in the afternoon. This is Dave's second Selasphorus hummer (first in 03-04).

Lebanon Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near Lebanon
banded by Scott W. 11/25/05 - FO ~9/15/05 ↔ LO 12/15/05*


An adult female Rufous was observed at the home of Liz Zehring near Lebanon during mid-September. The bird stayed late into November, and was banded by Scott Weidensaul on 11/25/05, the day after Thanksgiving. The bird was last seen (the first time) at approximately 1 PM on 11/27/05. After a hiatus of four days, a hummer which was banded reappeared and was last seen 12/15/05. (pers. comm. LZ) This interlude, of course, raises the intriguing possibility that a different bird took up residence for the first 2 weeks of December at this location although LZ feels it was the same bird!

Lebanon PA Adult Female Rufous 11/18/05
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Lebanon Rufous hovering near feeder.
Picture by Tom Johnson on 11/18/05
and courtesy of Liz Zehring.

Berks Co. -- 2 R/A Hummers near Hamburg
prob. Ad. Male R/A not banded
FO late Sept/05 ↔ LO same day
1 Ad. Fem. Rufous banded by Scott W. 11/23/05
FO late Sept/05 ↔ LO 11/25/05


An unidentified "all-reddish brown hummingbird" was seen along with another R/A hummer in late September in the yard of Randy Kauffman near Hamburg. The probable adult male Rufous was only seen for a single day, but the other R/A hummer stayed and was eventually trapped and banded by Scott Weidensaul on Wed. 11/23/05, the day before Thanksgiving. That hummer was last seen the day after Thanksgiving. (pers. comm. RK)

Franklin Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Shippensburg
(not banded) - FO 9/25/05 ↔ LO 9/27/05


An adult male Rufous was observed in Stillhouse Hollow, Shippensburg during the last week of September. The homeowner wished to remain anonymous.

Shippensburg PA Adult Male Rufous 9/25-7/05
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Shippensburg Rufous hovering near feeder.
Pictures courtesy of Bob Keener.

See
Hummer on feeder
Hummer near deck rail
for more pix!

Chester Co. -- Adult Male Rufous near West Grove
banded by Scott W. 11/20/05
FO 10/12/05 ↔ LO 12/12/05


An adult male Rufous has been seen and photographed in Molly D's yard near West Grove. It was banded by Scott Weidensaul on Nov 20th. The bird continues in the yard as of Dec 4th and was LOed Dec 12th.

Pix of this bird by Howard B. Eskin in December!

West Grove Adult Male Rufous 10/19/05
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West Grove adult male Rufous on feeder.
Picture by Nick Pulcinella 10/19/05
and courtesy of Molly D.

Beaver Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Independence Twp.
banded by Powdermill crew 11/27/05 - FO ~~10/15/05 ↔ LO 12/7/05


An adult female Rufous was observed at the home of Rich and Elizabeth Hoge in Hopewell Township near the Pittsburgh International Airport during mid-October. The bird stayed, and was banded by a Powdermill crew on 11/27/05, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The bird was last seen on Wednesday 12/7/05. (pers. comm. R/EH)

Independence Township Adult Female Rufous -- in-hand banding photo 11/27/05
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Independence Twp Rufous in-hand during banding 11/27/05.
Picture courtesy of Powdermill Avian Research Center.
More pix from banding day by PARC
including in-cage and release photos.

Independence Township Adult Female Rufous 11/30/05
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Independence Twp. Rufous on feeder
(note band on left leg).
Picture by Geoff Malosh on 11/30/05
and courtesy of Geoff Malosh.

Geoff's picture page of the Independence Twp. Rufous.

Independence Township Adult Female Rufous 12/3/05
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Independence Twp. Rufous on wire.
Picture by Geoff Malosh on 12/3/05
and courtesy of Geoff Malosh.

Geoff's picture page of the Independence Twp. Rufous.

Erie Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Albion
not banded - FO ~~10/15/05 ↔ LO 12/11/05


An adult female Selasphorus was first observed at the home of Mike and Wendy Lipinski in Albion during mid-October. The bird was not identified as non-Rubythroat until after it was last observed in December. The bird was last seen on 12/11/05. (pers. comm. M/W L -- 11/21/06)

Albion Adult Female Selasphorus hovering near feeder
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Albion Selasphorus hovering near feeder on 12/11/05.
Picture courtesy of Mike and Wendy Lipinski

Albion Adult Female Selasphorus on feeder back view
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Albion Selasphorus on feeder - long range backview on 12/10/05.
Photo courtesy of Mike and Wendy Lipinski

Albion Adult Female Selasphorus perched in shrub.
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Albion Selasphorus perched in shrub on 12/10/05.
Photo courtesy of Mike and Wendy Lipinski

Westmoreland Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Scottdale
not banded -- FO 10/18/05 ↔ LO 10/18/05


In early January, Powdermill ARC got a phone report of a "dark brown hummer" which was observed by Betty Zottola and Anita Fabian at a home on Orchard Ave. in Scottdale on Oct. 18 only. (pers. comm. AL from PARC)

Dauphin Co. -- Hatching-Year Female Rufous in South Hanover Twp.
Banded by Scott W. 10/20/05
FO 10/19/05 ↔ LO 12/14/05


A first-year female Rufous hummingbird appeared in the yard of Tom Johnson and Janet Getgood near Hummelstown on Wednesday Oct. 19. The bird was captured and banded by Scott Weidensaul on Oct. 20. The bird was reported last seen briefly the morning of 12/14/05, after not being seen for sevearl days previously.

Hummelstown HY-F Rufous Quicktime Video

Hummelstown PA HY Female Rufous 10/20/05
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Hummelstown Rufous perched on tree branch.
Picture courtesy of Tom Johnson.

More Hummelstown Rufous Photos by Tom Johnson


Hummelstown PA HY Female Rufous 11/05
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Hummelstown Rufous in the air in November.
Picture courtesy of Tom Johnson.

More Hummelstown Rufous Photos by Tom Johnson

Northampton Co. -- Immature Female R/A near Easton
not banded -- FO 10/28/05 ↔ LO ?/?/?
Adult Female R/A near Easton
not banded -- FO 11/3/05 ↔ LO 11/4/05


An immature female R/A type hummer was seen in a yard about 10 miles from Easton. Over the weekend a second R/A hummer was present and was engaging in territorial battles with the first hummer. Photos were obtained of both hummers for ID purposes. The exact location remains undisclosed.

Chester Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in West Chester
Banded by Nick P. 10/30/05
FO 10/29/05 ↔ LO 12/4/05


A first-year male Rufous hummingbird appeared in the yard of Nick Pulcinella in West Chester on Saturday Oct. 29. He banded the bird on Sunday Oct. 30 (pers. comm.).

West Chester HY Male Rufous 10/29/05
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West Chester HY male Rufous during banding.
Picture by and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.

Allegheny Co. -- Probable R/A Hummer in Penn Hills
not banded -- FO 11/3/05 ↔ LO 11/17/05


A caller to Scott Shalaway's radio show 'Birds and Nature' on Sat. 11/19 named "Bob from Penn Hills" reported that because his wife was ill, they failed to take down their hummer feeder at the end of October as usual. So, of course, they got a late hummer as a reward! The bird arrived on Thursday 11/3 and fed at the feeder all throughout the day until for an unknown reason the decision was made to remove the feeder on Thursday 11/17. After the feeder was removed, the hummer returned and was seen hovering at the feeder location. After the feeder was rehung, the bird fed and was not seen again. No good description was given of this bird, but I'm going to presume that it was NOT an RTHU!

Montgomery Co. -- Immature R/A in Elkins Park
not banded -- FO 11/05/05 ↔ LO 11/29/05


An immature R/A hummer has been seen and photographed in Paul Driver's yard in Elkins Park. The bird was last reported seen on 11/29/05. (pers. comm. PD)

Elkins Park Imm. Rufous 11/27/05
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Elkins Park Immature Rufous on feeder.
Picture 11/27/05 by and courtesy of Paul Driver.

YouTube Video of Elkins Park R/A on feeder (0.5 Mb).

Monroe Co. -- R/A Hummer in Saylorsburg
not banded -- FO 11/6/05 ↔ LO 11/6/05


A Rufous/Allen's hummer appeared in Rick Wiltraut's yard in Saylorsburg and was seen feeding on Pineapple Sage and then a feeder for several minutes at 7:45 AM. After a camera was retrieved, the bird was not seen again.

Bucks Co. -- R/A hummer in Warrington Twp.
not banded - FO 11/6/05 ↔ LO 11/6/05


A Selasphorus hummer was seen visiting flowers by Ron French as his home on Nov. 6, 2005. [fide pers. comm. from AM]

Chester Co. -- 2 R/A type hummers near Elverson
both banded by Scott W.
#1 Adult Female Rufous banded 11/8/05 -- #2 Imm Female Rufous
not banded -- FO 11/7/05 ↔ LO ?/?/?


Scott Weidensaul reported that he attempted to band, but did not catch (on the first attempt) 2 different Rufous/Allen's type hummers at the Trego residence near Elverson, "one with an unmarked white throat that may be a female or immature male, and another, presumably an adult female, with a large central cluster of iridescent gorget feathers."
Scott returned to the Trego residence on Tuesday 11/8 and banded the adult female which was then IDed as a Rufous. The other R/A hummer was seen but not caught.

West Chester Imm Female Rufous 11/17/05
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Elverson Imm female Rufous on feeder.
Picture by and courtesy of the Trego family.

Fayette Co. -- Hatching-Year Male Rufous in South Connellsville
Banded by Powdermill Crew 11/9/05
FO 11/3/05 ↔ LO 11/18/05


A first-year male Rufous hummingbird appeared in the yard of Joanna Adams and Charles Sherwood in South Connellsville early in November. The bird was captured and banded by the Powdermill crew on Wednesday 11/9/05. This is the third straight winter season that this location has hosted an R/A type hummer! Congratulations to Joanna and Chuck! The bird was last observed on Friday 11/18/05.

S Connellsville HY Male Rufous 11/9/05
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In-hand banding photo.
Picture courtesy of Powdermill Avian Research Center.

More photos of S. Connellsville Rufous banding by Powdermill.

Carbon Co. -- 1 unIDed Hummer in Hazleton
not banded -- FO week of 11/13/05 ↔ LO ?/?/?


An unidentified hummer was reported about 11/13/05 visting salvia in a yard in Hazleton.

Westmoreland Co. -- UnIDed Hummer near Linn Run State Park
not banded -- FO 11/16/05 ↔ LO 11/21/05


An unidentified (as yet) hummer was visiting a feeder not far from Linn Run State Park not far from Powdermill. Stay tuned for updates on this bird!

Bucks Co. -- Imm. Female Rufous in Upper Southampton Twp.
not banded - FO 11/20/05 ↔ LO 12/7/05


An immature female Rufous hummer was visiting a feeder in Bucks Co. at the home of Erv Hiller and Nan Lawrence. The bird has been photographed and the ID as immature female rufous was made from clear pictures of the tail in a video done 12/4/05. [fide pers. comm. from AK and AM]

Howard Eskin Picture of Bucks Co. Hummer in Birdline Photo Gallery '05

Upper Southampton HY Female Rufous left profile view
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Bucks Co. hummer left profile on feeder.
Picture by Howard B. Eskin 12/4/05
and courtesy of August Mirabella.

Upper Southampton HY Female Rufous face-on view
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Bucks Co. hummer face-on on feeder.
Picture by Howard B. Eskin 12/4/05
and courtesy of August Mirabella.

Upper Southampton HY Female Rufous back-view
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Bucks Co. hummer back-view on feeder.
Picture by Howard B. Eskin 12/4/05
and courtesy of August Mirabella.

Montgomery Co. -- Imm. Female Rufous in Narbeth
banded by Nick P. 11/23/05 -- FO 11/21/05 ↔ LO ?/?/?


An immature female Rufous hummer was banded Thanksgiving week in Narbeth and this was noted on the 11/25/05 Philadelphia area RBA!

Butler Co. -- Probable Rufous in Butler
not banded - FO ?/?/05 ↔ LO 11/25/05


A probable Rufous in Butler was reported by email to the Powdermill Avian Research Center. The bird was last observed on 11/25/05. [fide AL from PARC]

Armstrong Co. -- Probable Rufous near Keystone Power Dam Lake
not banded - FO ?/?/05 ↔ LO ?/?/05


An probable Rufous was visting a feeder somewhere in the vicinity of Keystone Power Dam Lake in northeastern Armstrong Co. [fide pers. comm. from MC]

Indiana Co. -- Probable Rufous in Conemaugh Twp.
not banded - FO 12/7/05 ↔ LO 12/7/05


A possible Selasphorus was seen twice briefly at her home by my good friend Marcy Cunkelman on Wednesday 12/7/05. Marcy also described this sighting on Scott Shalaway's "Birds and Nature" radio show on Saturday 12/10/05. [fide pers. comm. from MC]

Luzerne Co. -- 2 Probable R/As near White Haven
not banded - FO ?/?/05 ↔ LO 12/13/05


There was definitely been a hummingbird somewhere in the Poconos during late November/early December. Scott Shalaway has mentioned twice on "Birds and Nature" that this hummingbird that was reported to him by email. He has also received photos, but the bird could not be definitively IDed from the pix, which were somewhat dark. It turns out there were two birds, at the home of Joe and Nancy Wehnert near the Lehigh River 1 mile north of White Haven, PA.

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