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Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2007-2008
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped


Luzerne Co. -- Probable Imm/Adult Male Selasphorus in Wilkes-Barre
NOT BANDED -- FO 8/28/07 ↔ LO 8/28/07


Chris Bohinski reported on PABIRDS on 8/28 that he observed what is probably either an adult or immature male Rufousoid hummer in Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre where he attends football practice.

"Today I saw what I think is a rufous hummingbird. During our [football practice] break, I turned around so the wind could blow in my face (it was so hot and I needed to cool myself down) and I noticed something zip from one tree to anther. Right away, I identified it as a hummingbird because of its rapid wing movement and long beak. Upon looking at it, I noticed its back was all brown/tan and its stomach was white, pure white. I immediately thought of a rufous and looked in my books (when I got home) and think that's what it was. I have many ruby-throated hummingbirds in my backyard of all ages and have studied them a lot. I am certain that this one was definitely different."

York Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Fawn Grove
Not Banded -- ~FO 9/15/07 ↔ LO 1/15/08


Scott Weidensaul first reported on PABIRDS in early November that an unknown Selasphorus was reported from York Co. However, this bird had orginally been reported to Jan Getgood by Master Gardener Frank Linardi as present for 3-4 weeks in his garden in Fawn Grove. There was an opinion expressed that this bird was a subadult male Selasphorus, probably Rufous, because of the visible notch in the left side R2.

However, in my humble opinion, the pictures below ID the bird as an adult female Rufous with missing R1s. The gorget pattern is definitely a lower central triangle with limited stippling. The spread tail view clearly shows the notch on the left R2 and it appears to me that there are no R1s visible.

In a phone conversation, Mr. Linardi told me that he orginally thought that the bird was a female as well, and all of his pictures are used with his permission.

The bird was last observed on Jan. 15, 2008, making this bird the longest on site in PA this season. (pers. comm. FL)


York Co. -- Female Selasphorus in Fawn Grove - perched - back view
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Adult Female Rufous on flowers in Fawn Grove.
Picture by Frank Linardi and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.


York Co. -- Female Rufous in Fawn Grove - perched - front view closeup
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Adult Female Rufous front view in Fawn Grove.
Note the triangular gorget pattern.
Picture by Frank Linardi and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.


York Co. -- Female Rufous in Fawn Grove - perched - spreadtail closeup
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Adult Female Rufous with spreadtail in Fawn Grove.
Note the notch in the left R2.
Picture by Frank Linardi and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.

Northampton Co. -- Immature Male Selasphorus in Danielsville
NOT BANDED -- FO 9/23/07 ↔ LO 9/23/07


Pictures of Danielsville Selasphorus Hummer by Dustin Welch in his parents' yard.

Dustin Welch reported on PABIRDS that he observed a Selaphorus hummer in his parents yard on Sunday 9/23/07.

"This morning I stopped at my parent's house in Danielsville to let their dogs [out] and sat outside hoping for a few migrants to trickle through. I saw a hummingbird hovering around a cherry tree near the garage from about 30 feet and knew instantly it wasn't a Ruby-throated. A gorgeous SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD (female/immature type) [??] was observed from 9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.-6:15 p.m. The bird was never seen feeding from either feeders or flowers but was intent on defending the territory from a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Several times the bird would hover 20+ feet in the air then return to perch in the cherry tree. I never heard the bird vocalize (perhaps due to the blowing wind) nor did I hear any audible sounds of the wingbeats even when the bird flew within 5 feet of me. I was finally able to photograph the bird around 6:00 p.m. in tough light (sorry no flight shots). None of the shots fully show how rufous the tail was."

"Added notes: Wings reach just short of tail when perched. Buffy/rufous wash on sides of belly and under tail. Speckled gorget. Bright rufous tail fading into green back. Same size as Ruby-throated."

Arlene Koch replied on PABIRDS that her opinion was that the bird was "an immature male based on the amount of rufous on the sides and tail, the whitish area below the gorget bordered with a small line of rufous, the fully speckled gorget, and the shape of the tail (as much as I can see of it)." And I fully agree with this ID, with the additional comment that it appears there is rufous on the wing in a couple of Dustin's pix. (RMP)


Northampton Co. -- Imm Male Rufousoid in Danielsville - front view perched
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Immature Male Selasphorus in Danielsville.
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Northampton Co. -- Imm Male Rufousoid in Danielsville - side view perched
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Immature Male Selasphorus in Danielsville.
Picture by and courtesy of Dustin Welch.

Indiana Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Creekside
NOT BANDED -- FO 9/30/07 ↔ LO 10/5/07


Pix of Creekside, Indiana Co. Selasphorus from 10/4/07 on pabirds.org

Margaret Higbee reported on PABIRDS that Moose Anderson in Creekside has a Selaspohrus hummer coming to his feeder. The bird was first observed around Sunday, Sept. 30. Margaret took pictures on 10/4/07 and these are posted on pabirds.org (see link above). She also took pictures on 10/5/07 and these are posted below. The bird was last seen at 10:30 AM that morning (MH on PABIRDS).


Indiana Co. -- Ad Female Selasphorus in Creekside - side view perched
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Adult Female Selasphorus in Creekside on 10/5/07, showing good view of the gorget.
Picture by and courtesy of Margaret Higbee.


Indiana Co. -- Ad Female Selasphorus in Creekside - perched - beak open
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Adult Female Selasphorus on feeder in Creekside on 10/5/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Margaret Higbee.



IMPORTANT BIRD ALERT!!!

PENNSYLVANIA'S SECOND DOCUMENTED RETURN RUFOUS

Washington Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in McDonald
ALREADY BANDED N-71927 -- FO 10/2/07 ↔ LO 12/6/07


Geoff Malosh's picture page of McDonald Selasphorus Hummer - 10/14/07

Geoff Malosh reported on PABIRDS that 2 hummers have been reported in the yard of Ray and Edyie Posel in McDonald. Dave Wilton has visited and IDed one bird as a banded adult female Rufous -- indiciating that this bird may be the same bird captured and identified as a bird banded in Diamondhead MS in January 2006. The other bird was IDed as a Ruby-throat.

Bob Mulvihill from PARC visited the Posel home on Saturday 10/13/07 to document the hummers there. The second bird was captured and banded and confirmed as an immature male Ruby-throat. The Selasphorus bird did eventually enter the trap after several passes, but escaped when an attempt was made to remove her from the trap after she had been caught (pers. comm. -- EP and GM). Bob's subsequent PABIRDS post described it as "her in-the-blink-of-an-eye escape from the trap".

The latest incredible news is that Bob Mulvihill and Adrienne Leppold from PARC returned to the Posel home in McDonald on Friday 11/2/07 and recaptured the RUHU and CONFIRMED that she is the same bird! Thus this adult female Rufous becomes only the second confirmed return Rufous Hummingbird in the state of Pennsylvania (in addition to her status as the only "foreign recapture" Rufous)! WOOHOO!!!

The Rufous was last reported at this location as of Dec. 6, 2007 (pers.comm. AL-PARC fwd: KS).


Washington Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in McDonald - perched on feeder
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Adult Female Rufous on feeder in McDonald on 10/13/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Geoff Malosh.


Washington Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Burgettstown
BANDED 11/21/07 by PARC -- FO ~10/15/07 ↔ LO alive 1/3/08


Adrienne Leppold of Powdermill Avian Research Center posted on PABIRDS that PARC banded an adult female Rufous at the home of Patte Briggs in Burgettstown on Wednesday 11/21/07. This location is only "about 10 miles (as the crow flies) from where [PARC] recaptured the bird earlier this month in McDonald, PA."

Patte subsequently told me in a private phone conversation that the bird first arrived in mid-October and that they nicknamed it "Knucklehead" because it was believed to be a late RTHU that failed to migrate. Since learning that it was a female Rufous, they changed the nickname to "Ms. Knucklehead". She also told me that the experience has been a "real ball" hosting the Rufous. (pers. comm. PB)

There are now 2 beautiful pix of our western PA "Christmas hummer" below!

This Rufous ("Ms. Knucklehead") was found immobile clinging to a brick wall near an outdoor light fixture at a neighbor's house on the morning of Jan. 4, 2008 following a cold snap of several days here in western PA. The bird was brought inside that afternoon to see if it could possibly only be in torpor, but the bird did not revive. The bird will become a specimen at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. (pers.comm. PB).


Washington Co. -- Ad Female Rufous in Burgettstown on feeder on Xmas day at noon
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"Ms. Knucklehead" on feeder in Burgettstown on 12/25/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Bruce and Patte Briggs.


Washington Co. -- Ad Female Rufous in Burgettstown feeding on Xmas day at noon
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"Ms. Knucklehead" feeding in Burgettstown on 12/25/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Bruce and Patte Briggs.

Bucks Co. -- Hatching Year Female Selasphorus in Blooming Glen, Hilltown Twp
Not Banded -- FO 10/22/07 ↔ LO 10/27/07


Howard B. Eskin's picture page of Blooming Glen Selasphorus Hummer - 10/22/07

Dolly Mignogna reported to me that Nick Pulcinella passed on to her information that there is a Selaphorus Hummer at the home of Cameron Rutt's parents in Bucks Co. Howard B. Eskin took pix of that hummer on 10/22/07. The bird was last seen on 10/27/07 (pers. comm. - CR).


Bucks Co. -- Ad Female Selasphorus in ? - hovering near feeder
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Adult Female Selasphorus near feeder in ? on 10/22/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Howard B. Eskin.


Bucks Co. -- Ad Female Selasphorus in  - flying
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Adult Female Selasphorus flying - showing spread tail - in ? on 10/22/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Howard B. Eskin.

Dauphin Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in ??
BANDED by Scott W. 10/31/07 -- FO 10/?/07 ↔ LO 12/16/07


Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that an adult female Rufous Hummer which had recently arrived at an undisclosed location in Dauphin Co. was banded by him on Halloween!

Berks Co. -- Immature Female Rufous near Wernersville
BANDED by Scott W. 11/12/07 -- FO ~10/25/07 ↔ LO 12/20/07


Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that he "had the privilege of banding a lovely immature female Rufous hummingbird the morning of Monday 11/12/07 near Wernersville, Berks County, where it's been coming to a feeder and flowers for more than two weeks at the home of Angela and Chris Wright."

Angela has taken many great photos of this Rufous, none more spectacular than the (as I'm calling them) "Ice Princess" photos from 12/14 and 12/17 below. Note that the uncropped pix are no longer onsite.

This Rufous was last observed about 8:30 AM on 12/20/07 (pers. comm. AW).


Berks Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Wernersville - on feeder on 11/8/07
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Imm. Female Rufous on feeder on 11/8/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Angela Wright.


Berks Co. -- Imm Female Rufous perched in butterfly bush on 11/9/07
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Imm. Female Rufous perched on butterfly bush on 11/9/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Angela Wright.


Berks Co. -- Imm Female Rufous perched in butterfly bush on 12/14/07 - ICE PRINCESS 1
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"Ice Princess" perched on butterfly bush on 12/14/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Angela Wright.


Berks Co. -- Imm Female Rufous perched in butterfly bush on 12/17/07 - ICE PRINCESS 2
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"Ice Princess" perched on butterfly bush on 12/17/07.
Picture by and courtesy of Angela Wright.

Lancaster Co. -- Imm. Male Rufous in ??
BANDED 11/9/07 by Wayne L -- FO 10/25/07 (updated 11/2/12) ↔ LO 12/28/07

Lancaster Co. -- Imm. Female Rufous in ??
BANDED 11/18/07 by Scott W. -- FO 11/16/07 ↔ LO 1/7/08


Wayne Laubscher reported on PABIRDS that he banded a "subadult male Rufous in northern Lancaster Co. at an undisclosed location on Friday 11/9/07. The bird "has extensive orange coloration and is coming into adult plumage." This was at the Tshudy residence. (updated 11/2/12 - pers comm JRT)

A second Selasphorus hummer arrived at this same location during the second week of November and was banded and IDed as an immature female Rufous on Sunday 11/18 by Scott Weidensaul.

The immature male was last seen on Friday 12/28/07 and the immature female was last observed on Monday 1/7/08. (pers. comms. Wayne L. & Bruce C.)


Lancaster Co. -- Subadult Male Rufous in ? - flying
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Subadult Male Rufous near feeder in Lancaster Co.
Picture by homeowners and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.


Lancaster Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in ? - on feeder
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Immature Female Rufous on feeder in Lancaster Co.
Picture by homeowners and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.


Lancaster Co. -- Both  Rufous hummers in ? Lancaster Co - on feeder
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Both Rufous hummers on feeder in Lancaster Co.
Picture by homeowners and courtesy of Bruce Carl.

Delaware Co. -- Imm. Female Rufous in Swarthmore
BANDED 11/18/07 by Nick P. -- FO 11/17/07 ↔ LO 11/22/07


A Selasphorus hummer orginally showed up at the home of David Eberly in Swarthmore on Saturday 11/17 and was banded on Sunday 11/18 and identified as an immature female Rufous by Nick Pulcinella.

The hummer was last seen on Thanksgiving morning, 11/22/07 at around 9 AM. (pers. comm. DE)


Delaware Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Swarthmore - hover faceon near feeder
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Imm. Female Rufous near feeder in Delaware Co.
Picture by Tim Eberly and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.


Delaware Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Swarthmore - hover faceon near feeder
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Imm. Female Rufous near feeder in Delaware Co.
Picture by Tim Eberly and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.



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