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Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2008-2009
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped



Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Crafton
BANDED 11/12/08 by PARC
-- FO 8/5/08 ↔ LO 12/2/08


Bob Mulvihill and Bob Leberman from Powdermill Avian Research Center banded an adult male Rufous at the home of Don and Sondra Cannon in Crafton (near Pittsburgh) on Wednesday Nov. 12. The bird has been visiting a feeder since early August. Interestingly, another person from Crafton named Will had called Scott Shalaway's "Birds and Nature" radio show in September and reported having an "all dark" hummer at his feeder. Although it's not positively known, this was probably the same Rufous.

Lorraine from Ingram reported on "Birds and Nature" that the Rufous was present through at least Saturday Nov. 22 (Sun. Nov. 23 -WMNY)

I received word from Sondra and Don (and Geoff M posted on PABIRDS) that the Rufous was last seen around 4 PM on Tuesday Dec. 2, 2008.

Bob Mulvihill's pix page of the Crafton Rufous on 11/12/08

Geoff Malosh's pix page of the Crafton Rufous on 11/15/08


Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Crafton - inhand
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Adult Male Rufous in hand in Crafton.
Picture by and courtesy of Bob Mulvihill of PARC.


Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Crafton - release photo
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Rufous being released from Sondra's hand in Crafton.
Picture by and courtesy of Bob Mulvihill of PARC.

Lycoming Co. -- Adult Male Selasphorus in Jersey Shore
NOT BANDED -- FO ~10/1/08 ↔ LO ?10/10/08


A "brown" hummer has been coming to flowers at a residence in Jersey Shore off and on for a couple of weeks. (Wayne Laubscher - pers. comm.)

At one point, the homeowner actually hand-caught the hummer when it was trapped on her porch and released it!

Perry Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near Marysville
BANDED 1/14/09 by Scott W.
FO ~10/1+/08 ↔ LO 1/16/09


Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that he banded an adult female Rufous hummer at the home of Pat and Woody Brubeck, four miles west of Marysville, on Wednesday Jan 14, 2009. "The bird appeared to be in fine health, and has been coming to feeders there since early October, although they'd assumed it was a rubythroat."

Pat Brubeck told me in a phone conversation that the bird was feeding after dark and was roosting in cover near the house as opposed to her normal roost in a bamboo patch near the creek before the last sighting.

Scott Weidensaul provided the LO date in an email in May 2009, which was confirmed by a subsequent email from Pat Brubeck.


Perry Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Marysville - release photo
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Rufous being released from Pat's hand at Creekside Farm.
Picture by and courtesy of Scott Weidensaul.


Perry Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Marysville - Spreadtail photo
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Rufous with spreadtail.
Picture by and courtesy of Scott Weidensaul.

Dauphin Co. -- Female/Imm. Selasphorus in South Hanover Twp.
NOT BANDED -- FO 10/16/08 ↔ LO ??


A Selasphorus hummer was first observed feeding on flowering salvias and hummer feeders in the yard of Janet Getgood near Hummelstown on October 16. (Tom Johnson on PABIRDS)

This is Janet's second Selasphorus hummer, the first was a hatching-year female Rufous in the fall of 2005.

Cumberland Co. -- Unidentifed Selasphorus in Lemoyne
NOT BANDED
FO 10/18/08 ↔ LO 11/16/08


An unidentifed Selasphorus hummer has been in Lemoyne, Cumberland Co., from Oct. 18 through Nov. 16, 2008 (Scott W pers.comm. and PABIRDS).

Tioga Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Wellsboro
BANDED 11/1/08 by Wayne L.
FO 10/19/08 ↔ LO 11/4/08


An immature male Rufous was banded at an undisclosed residence in Tioga Co. by Wayne Laubscher on Saturday Nov. 1, 2008. Wayne informed me that the bird was last seen 3 days after banding (WL - pers. comm.).

HOLD THE PHONE. . . As of 10/12/10, I have received an update from Wayne L. with a picture of the bird's gorget included below. This indicates that the bird is an adult female Rufous, not an immature male. Wayne has also revealed that the bird was in Wellsboro. (WL - pers. comm.).


Tioga Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Wellsboro - inhand
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Adult Female Rufous in hand in Tioga Co.
Picture by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.


Tioga Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Wellsboro - spreadtail
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Adult Female Rufous spreadtail in Tioga Co.
Picture by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.


Tioga Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Wellsboro - gorget
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Adult Female Rufous gorget in Tioga Co.
Picture by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.

Clarion Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Lamartine
BANDED 11/14/08 by PARC
FO ~11/1/08 ↔ LO 11/18/08


An unspecified Selasphorus hummingbird was reported to have been visiting a feeder in Lamartine, Clarion Co. since early November by Margaret Buckwalter on PABIRDS. Walter Fye, Carl Rowe, Shirley Monrean and Joan Rowe saw the Rufous five times on the afternoon of Monday Nov. 10, at the Lamartine feeder.

Bob Mulvihill and Bob Leberman of PARC IDed and banded the adult female Rufous on Friday, Nov. 14. (pers. comm. Bob M.)

Margaret Buckwalter reported that the bird was last observed feeding all day on Tuesday Nov. 18.


Clarion Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Lamartine near feeder
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Adult Female Rufous near feeder on 11/12/08 in Clarion Co.
Picture by and courtesy of Gary Edwards.


Clarion Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Lamartine backshot near feeder
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Adult Female Rufous backshot on 11/12/08 in Clarion Co.
Picture by and courtesy of Gary Edwards.

Franklin Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Bear Valley
BANDED 11/20/08 by Scott W.
FO ~11/1/08 ↔ LO 1/16/09


Dale Gearhart reported on PABIRDS that a Joan Wagner of Bear Valley, which is north Fort Loudon, thought she had a Rufous hummer coming to her feeder. Subsequent viewing by Dale and Donna Hocker the afternoon of Mon. 11/17 confirmed a Selasphorus hummer. Pix by Bob Moul from the morning of Tues. 11/18 show an immature male Rufous. Dale subsequently reported that the bird has been coming on and off for several weeks. (p. comm.)

The bird was banded at the home of Joan and Terry Wagner on Thurs. 11/20 by Scott Weidensaul, and he subsequently reported that Joan is enjoying having an avian celebrity as her guest!

Dale Gearhart subsequently told me that the bird has continued at this location through mid-January and was last seen on 1/16/09. (pers. comm. DG)

Bob Moul's gallery of the Franklin Co. Rufous


Franklin Co. -- Imm Male Rufous perched in Bear Valley
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Immature male Rufous perched in Bear Valley.
Picture by and courtesy of Bob Moul.


Franklin Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in-hand during banding in Bear Valley
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Immature male Rufous in-hand during banding in Bear Valley.
Note the rufous colored bases of the R1s.
Picture by and courtesy of Scott Weidensaul.

Franklin Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Mainsville
NOT BANDED
FO ~11/1+/08 ↔ LO 12/6/08


Dale Gearhart reported on PABIRDS that an immature (possbily male) Selasphorus hummer had been coming to a location near Shippensburg since early November (although it was originally believed to be a RTHU). Dale observed the bird at the home of Garry McCloskey on 12/6 and even called Joan Wagner who was hosting the other Rufous nearby and was assured that it had to be a different bird. (also pers. comm. DG)

Now that I have pix of this bird, it certainly appears to be an adult female Selasphorus, probably Rufous. The R1s are green, as is evident in the enlarged side view of the bird near the feeder. There is little stippling on the throat and the gorget is well-formed and is a small central patch on the lower throat. All this says adult female.


Franklin Co. - Adult Female Rufous perched in Mainsville
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Adult female Selasphorus perched in a tree.
Picture by Garry McCloskey and courtesy of Dale Gearhart.


Franklin Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near feeder in Mainsville
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Adult female Selasphorus near a PP4F.
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Picture by Garry McCloskey and courtesy of Dale Gearhart.

Franklin Co. -- Imm Male RTHU in Chambersburg
NOT BANDED
FO 11/5/08 ↔ LO 11/16/08


An immature male Ruby-throat has been visiting the flowers in the yard of Bill and Trena Oyler of Chambersburg in November.

The ID of the bird was provided by Scott Weidensaul and Wayne Laubscher who visited the yard on Friday Nov. 14 to attempt to band the hummer. Although the banders saw the bird and took photos, once the trap was set up, the bird was not seen again that day. The forked tail visible in the photo below is perhaps the most compelling ID feature that says Archilochus, not Selasphorus. Bob Sargent has also concurred with the ID of this bird through the photos. It is speculated that the reason why this bird has lingered into November in PA might be because of the obviously visible maxillary lesion.

I'm including this bird for this season to point out that anything's possible. Personally, my attitude about any hummers claimed to be RTHU in PA in November is -- PROVE IT! But in this case, that's been done. Just as there was a well-documented immature RTHU in Fox Chapel near Pittsburgh (pix by Geoff Malosh) a couple of seasons ago, this bird is the exception that proves the rule.

Bill informed me that the bird was last seen on Sunday Nov. 16 (pers.comm.)


Franklin Co. -- Imm Male RTHU perched in Chambersburg
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Immature male RTHU in Chambersburg.
Picture by Wayne Laubscher and courtesy of Bill Oyler.


Franklin Co. -- Imm Male RTHU backview perched in Chambersburg
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Immature male RTHU backview in Chambersburg.
Picture by Wayne Laubscher and courtesy of Bill Oyler.

Montgomery Co. -- Immature male Rufous in Meadowbrook
NOT BANDED
FO 11/22/08 ↔ LO ?11/22/08


Bert Filemyr reported on PABIRDS that there was a Selasphorus hummer in his yard from 10 AM until late afternoon on Saturday Nov. 22. The bird was hawking insects on the ground and using a feeder occasionally. Follow-up reports indicated that the bird was not seen on Sunday 11/23/08. My initial impression from the pictures in the gallery below by Bert led me to believe that the bird was an adult female. However, after seeing Jeff and Amy Davis' pix and taking another look at Bert's pix, I'm now leaning toward immature male.

And. . . after watching Bert's video on his gallery below, I'm now convinced that the bird is an immature male Rufous - due to the amount of rufous on the back and the rufous on the R1s visible in the video. (RMP)

Bert Filemyr's gallery of his Selasphorus.

Jeff & Amy's photostream on Flickr


Montgomery Co. -- Imm Male RUHU backview spreadtail in Meadowbrook
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Immature male Rufous spreadtail in Meadowbrook.
Picture by and courtesy of Bert Filemyr.


Montgomery Co. -- Imm Male RUHU perched in Meadowbrook
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Immature male Rufous perched in Meadowbrook.
Picture by and courtesy of Jeff and Amy Davis.



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