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Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2006-2007
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped


Erie Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Presque Isle State Park
(not banded) -- FO 6/02/06 ↔ LO 6/02/06


Jerry McWilliams reported on PABIRDS that he observed a hummer fly in off the lake at Gull Point which he observed in a split-second view to have a bright orange upperside when viewed against the dark vegetation in the park. He also noted a shiny red-orange gorget when the hummer flew in.

Northampton Co. -- Fem/Imm Selasphorus near Easton
(not banded) -- FO 9/08/06 ↔ LO 9/08/06


Arlene Koch reported on PABIRDS that she and Jason Horn observed a hummer in her lower fields which flew right up to them and hovered with a spread tail which showed obvious rufous on the rectrices. The bird was not seen again. This is Arlene's third Selasphorus at her farm.

Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Gibsonia
BANDED BY PARC 10/26/06 E49556 -- FO 9/19/06 ↔ LO 11/24/06


Adrienne Leppold reported on PABIRDS on 10/28 that Powdermill Avian Research Center staff had banded an adult male Rufous in Gibsonia PA on 10/26/06. A second report on 11/28 noted that this hummer was observed to feed heavily on Thanksgiving day and was last seen hale and healthy the morning of Friday 11/24/06 at the home of Christina and Eugene Fuselier.

Powdermill page with Gibsonia Rufous banding


Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous near Gibsonia
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Adult Male Rufous in Gibsonia in-hand.
Picture by and courtesy of PARC.


Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous near Gibsonia
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Adult Male Rufous in Gibsonia in-hand.
Picture by and courtesy of PARC.

Delaware Co. -- Imm Female Selasphorus in Middletown Township
BANDED by Nick P. 11/21/06 -- FO 10/12/06 ↔ LO 12/3/06


Dolly Mignogna reported on PABIRDS on 12/23/06 that she hosted an immature female Rufous hummer from Oct. 12th until Dec. 3rd. Nick Pulcinella banded the bird on Nov. 21. Dolly also stated that on 12/3 prior to the bird's departure there was a second hummer in her yard along with her bird which she had nicknamed 'Buffy'. Buffy was wont to do spirals and look in the window in the morning while her feeder was changed! (pers. comm. DM)


Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Middletown Twnshp
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HY Female Rufous in Middletown Twnshp on 11/21/06.
Picture by Pasquale Mignogna and courtesy of Dolly Mignogna.


Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Middletown Twnshp
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HY Female Rufous in Middletown Twnshp on 11/21/06.
Picture by Pasquale Mignogna and courtesy of Dolly Mignogna.

Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Unityville
(not banded) -- FO 10/14/06 ↔ LO 10/16/06


Steve Pinkerton reported on HUMNET that a hummer showed up at a home just outside of Williamsport, and that he was one of the few who saw and videotaped this hummer. Their preliminary ID was female Selasphorus. Bob Sargent believes this bird to be a very old female Selasphorus (probably Rufous) from his viewing of the video.

An attempt was made by Wayne Laubscher to capture the bird for identification and banding, but the bird would not enter the trap. (pers. comm. - SP)

Lycoming County Female Selasphorus Video


Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus near feeder in Unityville Adult Female Selasphorus near feeder in Unityville
Picture courtesy of Steve Pinkerton


Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus on feeder in Unityville Adult Female Selasphorus on feeder in Unityville
Picture courtesy of Steve Pinkerton


Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus face on in Unityville Adult Female Selasphorus face on in Unityville
Picture courtesy of Steve Pinkerton


Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus vidcap showing rufous on tail in Unityville Adult Female Selasphorus vidcap showing rufous on tail.
Vidcap by Rob Protz.

Centre Co. -- Imm Male Selasphorus in Port Matilda
(not banded) -- FO 10/15/06 ↔ LO 10/15/06


Ron Rovansek reported on PABIRDS that he observed a bird in his yard with "bright rufous sides, lots of Rufous on the rump, throat heavily stippled with dark spots, but with no orange or red color and [which] was about the size of a Rubythroat but with a thick-necked or stocky look. The hummingbird was feeding at the last few Anise Sage (Salvia guaranitica) plants that hadn't been frosted." He also reported hearing the typical sharp chip note of a Selasphorus bird. He then rehung some humfeeders, but the bird was not seen again.

Washington Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in McDonald
PREVIOUSLY BANDED N71927 -- FO ~10/20/06 ↔ LO 12/19/06

Unidentified Second Hummer in McDonald
(not banded) -- FO ~11/?/06 ↔ LO ?/?/?


An adult female Selasphorus has been visiting a feeder at the home of Ray and Edyie Posel and at their next-door neighbors in McDonald since mid to late October. Geoff Malosh photographed the bird on 11/21/06. The Posels also told Dave Wilton that a second hummer has been seen in their yard in November, a sighting which was confirmed by next-door neighbors. This bird was described as "smaller, less colorful, and more plump" than the Rufous.

The Selasphorus hummer was successfully captured by Powdermill Avian Research Center staff on Wednesday 11/22/06 and definitively IDed as adult female Rufous -- and the bird was already banded! She was originally banded as an After-Hatch Year bird in Diamondhead, MS on 25 Jan. 2006 by Mark Myers of the Hummer/Bird Study Group. This bird is, to the best of my knowledge, the first 'foreign recaptured' Rufous hummingbird in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Rufous has remained on site and was seen once during the afternoon of 11/27/06 by Ray Posel, and the next-door neighbor reported that she also saw the "second" hummer the same afternoon (pers. comm. - RP). Mrs. Posel told me the evening of 12/21/06, I was told that the feeders were not being observed closely, and that the bird was last seen at the Posel's feeder on the 18th and at the neighbors' feeder on the 19th (pers. comm. - EP). Mark Vass confirmed the LO date of 12/19 in a PABIRDS post 1/5/07.

Geoff Malosh's Pictures of the McDonald AHY Female Rufous.

Powdermill's page with McDonald Rufous banding


Washington Co. -- AHY Female Rufous in McDonald
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AHY Female Rufous in McDonald on 11/21/06.
Picture by and courtesy of Geoff Malosh.


Washington Co. -- AHY Female Rufous in McDonald in-hand after capture
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AHY Female Rufous in McDonald in-hand on 11/22/06.
Note band on right leg!
Also note how inner primaries are already molted.
Picture by and courtesy of Geoff Malosh.

Chester Co. -- Selasphorus in Perkiomenville
(not banded) -- FO 10/25/06 ↔ LO 1/17/07


Ken Lebo informed me that after his appearance on the "Jack's Back Yard" radio show on Dec. 9, he received a phone call from Mike and Sue Slezak who informed him that they had a "female Rufous" (accompanied by a female RTHU as well - FO 11/7/06) visiting for 6 weeks. The "Rufous" is described as 3 to 4 in. and "tan" in color. The other bird is described as 3 in. and green in color (pers comm M&SS).

The Selasphorus and the other bird both continued sporadically at the feeder; the second bird was last seen on 1/16/07 and the Selasphorus was last seen 1/17/07. (pers comm M&SS).


Chester Co. -- Selasphorus in Perkiomenville
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Selasphorus in Perkiomenville
Picture by and courtesy of Mike and Sue Slezak.

Berks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous at Green Hills Lake
BANDED by Scott W. 11/5/06 -- FO 11/5/06 ↔ LO 12/8/06


Ken Lebo reported on PABIRDS that he observed a probable Selasphorus hummer at his feeder at 6:45 AM on Sunday November 5. "It had a small dark patch on the center of the throat and orange flanks. [His] impression was a female Rufous/Allen's." Scott Weidensaul banded the bird and identified it as adult female Rufous.

Ken noted on PABIRDS that the bird remains on location thru 11/18/06. "The adult female Rufous hummingbird continues at my feeder. I have only seen her nectar on the Pineapple Sage once."

The Rufous was last seen at a feeder at 3:50 PM on 12/8/06 after Ken's Pineapple Sage bit the dust on 12/6/06 (pers comm KL).


Berks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous at Green Hills Lake south of Reading
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Adult Female Rufous at Green Hills Lake
Picture by and courtesy of Ken Lebo.

Delaware Co. -- Imm Female Selasphorus in Media
BANDED by Nick P. 11/26/06 -- FO 11/9/06 ↔ LO 12/2/06


Al Guarente reported on PABIRDS that he has observed an apparent female Rufous hummer "feeding on Pineapple Sage in [his] yard in Media, Pa. It appears to be a HY female and until [Sunday 11/12] the ID was up for grabs. But the bird finally showed off its spread tail while perched and the rufous on the tail was finally observed. Also the outermost tail feather could be seen well and it was as thick as the rest of the tail feathers, not thin like in an Allen's."

Al noted on PABIRDS that the Selasphorus hummer remains on location thru 11/18/06. "As as 7am this morning the female Rufous Hummingbird is still visiting my yard in Media Pa. Although I have several feeders up, the hummingbird has yet to visit them. She likes the Pineapple Sage and usually feeds on them every twenty minutes or so."

I've been told that since this bird did not use feeders, it was necessary to bait the capture trap with flowers in order to facilitate banding, and it worked fine! (pers. comm. DM)


Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Media-1
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HY Female Selasphorus in Media on 11/11/06
Picture by and courtesy of Al Guarente.


Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Media-2
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HY Female Selasphorus in Media on 11/11/06
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Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Media-3
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HY Female Selasphorus in Media on 11/11/06
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Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Media-tongue
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HY Female Selasphorus in Media on 11/11/06
Picture by and courtesy of Al Guarente.

Montgomery Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Merion Station
BANDED by Nick P. 12/10/06 -- FO 12/8/06 ↔ LO 12/18/06


Sarah Boucas-Neto reported on PABIRDS that she "just saw a hummingbird at [her] frozen window feeder!" Well, it turns out that the bird was IDed as Selasphorus and then subsequently captured and banded by Nick Pulcinella and confirmed as an immature female Rufous on Sunday Dec. 10. There are many photos of this bird taken by both Sarah's daughter and also by Howard Eskin. Sarah reported that the bird left on a warm, breezy Dec. 18th.

Another noteworthy point is that Sarah was also the hostess of PA's only documented Calliope hummer back in November of 2002.

Including RTHU, CAHU, and RUHU -- Sarah's yard is PA's first documented 3-hummer species yard!

Picture Gallery by Sarah's daughter Madeline on 12/8/06


Montgomery Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Merion Station -- spread-tail view by Howard Eskin
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HY Female Rufous in Merion Station on 12/8/06
Picture by Howard Eskin and courtesy of August Mirabella.

Howard Eskin's Gallery of Merion Station Rufous


Montgomery Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Merion Station -- on feeder
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HY Female Rufous in Merion Station on feeder
Picture by Sarah's daughter Madeline and courtesy of Sarah Boucas-Neto.


Montgomery Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Merion Station -- perched
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HY Female Rufous in Merion Station perched.
Picture by Sarah's daughter Madeline and courtesy of Sarah Boucas-Neto.

SPECIAL NEWS
West Virginia's First Record Black-chinned Hummer in Bakerton near Harper's Ferry (FO 10/11/06 ↔ LO 1/30/07)
The BCHU was last seen on her favorite vine perch near Lynn Wiseman's back deck being pelted by snow at 3:15 PM on Jan. 30th (LW on WVBIRDS).



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