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Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2009-2010
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped



Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Mt. Lebanon
NOT BANDED
FO 7/5/09 ↔ LO 8/13/09


Barb Testa of Mt. Lebanon has reported seeing a small brownish white-chested hummer 2/3 the size of RTHUs, with an orangey pointed tail, and a possibly narrower bill than an RTHU. This bird has been seen briefly at a feeder on July 5, 6, and 19. (BT - pers. comm.)

Barb has reported that the Rufous has been seen on Aug. 7, 3 times on Aug. 12 and again the morning of Aug. 13. No pix have been taken yet as the bird appears to be very camera-shy! (BT - pers. comm.)

Lancaster Co. -- Adult Female Allen's near Leola
BANDED 12/12/09 by Scott W. #L04108
FO 8/~15/09 ↔ LO 12/29/09


Geoff Malosh's pix of the Allen's in Leola.

Bob Moul's pix of the Allen's in Leola.

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Allen's in Leola.

Jeff and Amy Davis' pix of the Allen's in Leola

Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS ON Saturday 12/12 that he banded an adult female Allen's hummer - PA's FIRST ALLEN'S HUMMER! Scott's post indicated that the bird was first seen in September, but a subsequent post by Arlene Koch indicates that the bird has been on site since sometime in August.

You can read Scott's own account of the banding of the Allen's Hummer on his blog. Included here is a picture collage with a comparison of rectrices between the Allen's and several Rufous banded in the past by Scott.

And you can read the article in Lancaster Online about the Allen's banding by Scott.

And. . . you can also read Allen Chartier's account of the banding of OHIO's FIRST ALLEN's HUMMER! This was an immature male Allen's in southeastern Walnut Creek Township, Holmes County, Ohio.

According to PABIRDS postings the Allen's was seen on Monday 12/28, but not seen all day on Wednesday 12/30. (PAB HBE and FH) Another wrapup posting by Scott W. reports that the Allen's was last seen around 11 AM on Tuesday Dec. 29th. (PAB SW)


Lancaster Co. -- Adult Female Allen's in Leola - Flying near feeder
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Adult female Allen's flying near feeder.
Picture by and courtesy of Bob Moul.

Lehigh Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Whitehall
NOT BANDED
FO 9/14/09 ↔ LO 9/17/09


Matt Ioyko reported on PABIRDS on Monday 9/14/09 that his grandfather told him about seeing an "orange" hummer in his garden outside his shop. And Matt has told me in an email that his grandfather is positive it was a bird not a moth. Not seen again as of 9/17 (MI pers. comm.)

Monroe Co. -- Selasphorus Hummer in Kresgeville
NOT BANDED
FO 9/?/09 ↔ LO 12/17/09


Rick Wiltraut reported on PABIRDS on Dec. 21 that an as yet unidentified hummer had been coming to a feeder in Kresgeville since sometime in September. "He had a hummingbird coming to his feeder near Kresgeville and that he had a heat lamp on the feeder. Apparently the bird had been there since September. The homeowner had left this past weekend for a ski trip but kept the heat lamp on. He said he thought [it] was a Ruby-throat, but Steve and I were hoping for a Black-chinned or Calliope. So Saturday morning we drove up there and stood in the cold for about two hours but no hummingbird. In fact it got to the point where were using the heat lamp to warm up our hands! Today Steve said that the homeowner last saw the hummingbird Thursday evening, so it may also have decided to depart before the storm. Apparently some photos were taken but I haven't seen them yet. Let's hope that both birds survived and knew it was time to move on and departed for warmer climate."

I finally got some images of the obvious Selasphorus hummer in Kresgeville from Rick Wiltraut in late March 2010; the best is shown below at the home of Albert Barney, Jr.


Monroe Co. - Selasphorus - on feeder
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Kresgeville Selasphorus on feeder.
Picture by Steve Boyce and courtesy of Rick Wiltraut.

Berks Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Birdsboro
BANDED 9/27/09 by Scott W.
FO ~9/16/09 ↔ LO 12/18/09


Ken Lebo reported on PABIRDS that there has been a Selasphorus hummer coming to Pineapple Sage and a feeder at his parents home since at least Thursday 9/24. The bird was banded on Sunday 9/27 by Scott Weidensaul and is identified as an immature male Rufous. By email Ken informed me that there was a single sporadic hummer at the feeder starting about 9/16. (KL pers. comm.)

Harold Lebo reported on PABIRDS on Monday 10/12 that the bird was still coming to his feeder and has now attained 40-50% of its adult plumage.

Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS on Thursday 10/22 that this bird was still "feeding on Harold's carefully tended salvias."

Harold emailed me on Monday 11/3 and reported that the hummer is "still here".

Multiple posts on PABIRDS on Saturday 11/28 indicate that this hummer is still on site and a regular feeder visitor.

In a Selasphorus hummer update on PABIRDS on 12/8, Scott W. reported that this hummer is still on site at Harold Lebo's residence.

An email from Opal Lebo indicates that the hummer was last observed on the feeder about 9:30 AM on Dec. 18th.


Berks Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Birdsboro - perched on feeder in Sept.
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Immature Male Rufous perched on feeder in Sept.
Picture by and courtesy of Ken Lebo.


Berks Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Birdsboro - perched on feeder - newer
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Immature Male Rufous perched on feeder in very late Nov.
Picture by and courtesy of Opal Lebo.


Berks Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Birdsboro - feeding on feeder piled with snow on 12/5/09 - collage
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Immature Male Rufous feeding on feeder piled with snow on 12/5/09.
Picture by and courtesy of Opal Lebo.

Somerset Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near Roxbury
BANDED 10/2/09 by Bob M.
FO 9/30/09 ↔ LO 10/11/09


Bob Mulvihill reported on PABIRDS that he caught and banded an adult female Rufous hummer near Roxbury in Somerset Co on Friday 10/2/09. She now wears band E-66284. The bird was in heavy molt and only some inner secondaries and the four outer primaries were still old feathers. (pers. comm. BM)

The hummer first arrived on Sept. 30, and was last seen Oct. 11th. (pers comm. JP)


Somerset Co. -- Adult female Rufous near Roxbury in-hand during banding
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Adult female Rufous in-hand.
Picture by and courtesy of Bob Mulvihill.

Berks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Hamburg
BANDED 12/8/09 by Scott W.
~FO 10/"early"/09 ↔ LO ?


Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that he "was able to band not one but two new adult female rufous hummingbirds [on 12/8/09] - one near Hamburg, Berks County, and the other at Eric Witmer's home in Ephrata, Lancaster County." The Hamburg bird has been there since at least early October, although [he] just learned about it [on 12/7] from Bill Uhrich in Reading."

Berks Co. -- Immature Female Rufous in Kempton near Hawk Mtn.
BANDED 10/12/09 by Scott W.
FO 10/9/09 ↔ LO 10/12/09


Lee Simpson reported on PABIRDS that she had a Rufous hummer that was sighted feeding on large blue Salvias at her house on Friday 10/9 by Tom Leckey, while she was not home.

Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that on Mon. 10/12, at Lee Simpson's house, he banded "one of the prettiest female rufous [hummers] I've ever handled, an immature with a remarkably extensive gorget (so much so that I assumed it was an adult until I checked the bill for juvenile striations, and found a lot) and very rich chestnut color on the flanks and tail coverts."

Lee told me in a Nov. email that the bird was never seen again after banding. (pers. comm. LS)

Schuylkill Co. -- Possible Selasphorus in southern Sch. Co.
NOT BANDED
FO 10/12?/09 ↔ LO ??


Lee Simpson told me in an email that she had talked to someone in southern Schuylkill Co. who had seen a possible Selasphorus bird. I'm still waiting for further word on this hummer. (pers. comm. LS)

Lancaster Co. -- Immature Female Rufous in East Earl Township
BANDED 10/22/09 by Scott W.
FO 10/16/09 ↔ LO 1/4/10


Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that he banded an immature female Rufous the afternoon of Thursday Oct. 22, 2009 at a home in East Earl Township, Lancaster County.

I now have a report from the hostess that this bird first arrived on 10/16 and is still on site as of 11/20. (pers.comm. DLS)

In a Selasphorus hummer update on PABIRDS on 12/8, Scott W. reported that this hummer is still on site at Denise Shaffer's residence.

I now have a banding picture below of the bird from Oct. 22 showing minimal gorget development for comparison with the late pix of this bird. The later pix from late November show extensive gorget development, calling into question whether or not there is a new adult bird on site. Scott Weidensaul is hoping to find time to recapture/capture the bird and confirm its identity.

I have a report from Denise indicating that the bird was last observed at the feeder around 5 PM on Jan 4th. Denise also said that she had seen the band on the bird's leg, although she was not able to photograph the band, so it appears that there was only one Rufous at this location. (pers. comm. DLS)


Lancaster Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in East Earl Twp. inhand on 10/22/09
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Immature female Rufous in East Earl Twp. inhand during banding on 10/22/09.
Picture by Scott W. and courtesy of DLS.


Lancaster Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in East Earl Twp. visiting a feeder
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Immature female Rufous in East Earl Twp. visiting a feeder.
Picture by and courtesy of DLS.


Lancaster Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in East Earl Twp. flying near feeder on 11/29/09
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Immature female Rufous in East Earl Twp. flying near feeder on 11/29/09.
Picture by and courtesy of DLS.


Lancaster Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in East Earl Twp. perched on 12/1/09
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Immature female Rufous in East Earl Twp. perched on 12/1/09.
Picture by and courtesy of DLS.

Chester Co. -- Immature Female Rufous in Avondale
BANDED 10/30/09 by Nick P.
FO 10/18/09 ↔ LO 11/9/09


Nick Pulcinella has informed me that he banded an immature female Rufous in Avondale at the home of Mike Weaver on 10/18. (pers. comm. NP)

Mike Weaver has informed me that the bird was last seen on Nov. 9 (pers. comm. MW).


Chester Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Avondale visiting a feeder
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Immature female Rufous in Avondale visiting a feeder.
Picture by Kathy Weaver and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.


Chester Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Avondale in-hand
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Immature female Rufous in Avondale in-hand.
Picture by and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.

Lancaster Co. -- First Hummer - Immature Female Selasphorus in Ephrata
NOT BANDED
FO 10/24/09 ↔ LO 11/03/09


Lancaster Co. -- Second Hummer - Adult Female Selasphorus in Ephrata
BANDED 12/8/09 by Scott W.
FO 11/3/09 ↔ LO 12/11/09


Eric Witmer's flickr photo site

I got a report from Arlene Koch that there was an immature female Selasphorus in Ephrata for 11 days. Scott W. tried, but could not catch it for banding. Arlene states that she saw the bird on Nov. 3. (pers. comm. AK)

I also got a second report from the hummer host, J. Eric Witmer, who has given me the FO and LO dates and also some very fine pix below. Thanks to him for those. Eric has also told me that Scott Weidensaul opined that the bird was most likely a Rufous, based on the shape of the rectrices, after examining the photos. (pers. comm. JEW x2)

I have received yet another follow-up report from Eric that there was a Selasphorus bird seen on Sat. 11/21 and again on Sat. 11/28. ID on this bird is not yet confirmed, but it's probably the same hummer. A second follow-up report indicates that this bird was seen multipled times on Sun. 11/29 and the throat stippling appears significantly different from the original Selasphorus. Scott W. attempted a capture on Tuesday 12/1, but was not successful. (pers. comm. JEWx2)

I have now received pix of the second hummer at the Witmer's and to my eye it appears to be an adult female Selasphorus. Best picture is below.

In a Selasphorus hummer update on PABIRDS on 12/8, Scott reported that he banded an adult female Rufous that very day. But Eric now reports that bird was last seen on 12/11/09. (pers. comm. JEW)


Lancaster Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Ephrata visiting Salvias
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First Imm. female Rufous in Ephrata visiting Salvias.
Picture by and courtesy of J. Eric Witmer.


Lancaster Co. -- Imm female Rufous in Ephrata perched
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First Imm. female Rufous in Ephrata perched.
Picture by and courtesy of J. Eric Witmer.


Lancaster Co. -- Adult female Rufous in Ephrata perched
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Second Hummer - Adult female Rufous in Ephrata perched on feeder on 11/28.
Picture by and courtesy of J. Eric Witmer.


Lancaster Co. -- Adult female Rufous in Ephrata perched with snow
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Second Hummer - Adult female Rufous in Ephrata perched with snow on 12/5.
Picture by and courtesy of J. Eric Witmer.

Montgomery Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Pottstown
NOT BANDED
FO 10/30/09 ↔ LO 11/05/09


Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that he attempted to band an immature male Rufous on Tuesday Nov. 3 at Kathy M's home in Pottstown. Scott said that when he "first arrived that we could clearly see that it was an immature male Rufous hummingbird, just getting the first rusty feathers in its back that would eliminate Allen's."

Kathy has told me that the hummer never used the feeder, but enjoyed all her flowers very much, as well as being a good bugcatcher. He was very vocal and interactive, and even buzzed her and was observed to chase a goldfinch out of the garden. (pers. comm. KM)


Montgomery Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in Pottstown perched on bean vines
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Immature male Rufous perched on bean vines.
Picture by and courtesy of Kathy M.


Montgomery Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in Pottstown flying
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Immature male Rufous flying near flowers.
Picture by and courtesy of Kathy M.

Lehigh Co. -- Immature Female Rufous near Zionsville
BANDED 11/16/09 by Scott W.
FO 11/?/09 ↔ LO 12/10or11/09


Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that he banded an immature female Rufous on Monday Nov. 16 at a home near Zionsville.

In a Selasphorus hummer update on PABIRDS on 12/8, Scott reported that this hummer is still on site at Chris Stamper's residence. In a subsequent post on 12/13, Scott indicated that this bird left on the previous Thursday or Friday, the 10th or 11th.

Erie Co. -- Selasphorus in Harborcreek
NOT BANDED
FO ~11/15/09 ↔ LO 12/10/09


Jerry McWilliams reported on PABIRDS on 12/6 that "a Selasphorus hummingbird (most likely a Rufous) has been coming to a feeder in Harborcreek since Nov. 15 and has been seen daily ever since. The fuzzy photograph [he] received [the night before] shows the bird it is not an adult male."

The picture I received from Jerry McWilliams appears to be an adult female Selasphorus to my eyes.

Sharon has told me that the bird was last seen on Thursday 12/10 at dusk. (pers. comm. SB)


Erie Co. -- Ad Female Selasphorus in Erie Co on feeder
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Adult female Selasphorus on feeder on 12/5/09.
Picture by Sharon Brandt and courtesy of Jerry McWilliams.


Erie Co. -- Ad Female Selasphorus in Erie Co on feeder closeup
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Adult female Selasphorus on feeder closeup.
Picture by and courtesy of Sharon Brandt.



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