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Hummers Confirmed Present in PA & WV
as of January 1, 2012

Hanover - York Co PA - LO 4/2/12 [SL pers comm]
Paoli - Chester Co PA - tent. thru 4/2/12 [BG pers. comm]
Walnutport - Northampton Co PA - LO 2/28/12 [DW pers comm]
Allentown - Lehigh Co PA - LO 1/15/12 [SB pers comm]
Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill) - Allegheny Co PA LO 1/11/12 [PK on PABIRDS]
Kearneysville - Jefferson Co WV - LO 1/10/12 [KB pers comm]
Carnegie - Allegheny Co PA - LO 1/9/12 [SK on PABIRDS]
Triadelphia - Ohio Co WV - LO 1/7/12 [JM pers comm]
Grantville - Lebanon Co PA - LO 1/4/12 [TB on PABIRDS 1/6/12]
Jacobsburg - Northampton Co PA - LO 1/3/12 [PH pers comm 1/9/12]

Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2011-2012
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped



Allegheny Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Carnegie
BANDED L-04432 11/5/11 by Bob M.
FO 11/1/11 ↔ LO 1/9/12


Scott Kinzey's 1st photo of his Selasphorus in his Flickr photostream.
Scott Kinzey's video of his Selasphorus in his Flickr photostream.
Scott Kinzey's NEW video of his Selasphorus posted April 2012.

Scott Kinzey reported on PABIRDS that a hummer appeared on his deck feeding at Pineapple Sage and a feeder starting at 11 AM when he got home on Tuesday Nov. 1st. The bird appears to be a Selasphorus hummer in his picture (see link above). The picture below confirms the ID as a Selaphorus hummer.

Bob Mulvihill trapped this hummer on Sat. Nov 5th and confirmed the identity as an AHY Rufous. And Scott Kinzey reported on PABIRDS that she returned and fed several times 80 min. after the procedure.

Scott reported on PABIRDS that the hummer was seen on Mon Jan 9th, but not on Tues Jan 10th.

Carnegie - Rufous feeding on Pineapple Sage - front - 11/03/11
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Rufous in Carnegie Nov. 3rd, feeding at Pineapple Sage - front view.
Picture by and courtesy of Scott Kinzey.

Allegheny Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
BANDED 11/10/11 by Bob M. and Annie C.
FO 11/9/11 ↔ LO 1/11/12
CBC BIRD


Peter Keyel's photo of his Selasphorus apparently showing a band which was not found on the bird.

Peter Keyel reported on PABIRDS on Wed Nov 9th that he has an already banded Selasphorus hummer coming to his feeder in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Peter Keyel reported on PABIRDS on Thur. Nov 10th that the hummer coming to the feeder on his second floor deck was trapped and banded by Bob Mulvihill and Annie Crary that morning. And despite the appearance of a band already being on the bird in one of his photos, no previous band was found on the bird, whose identity was confimed as an adult female Rufous.

Jack Solomon reported on PABIRDS on Sat Dec 31st that Sue Solomon saw the Squirrel Hill Rufous that morning, making this hummer the first RUHU on the Pittsburgh Christmas Bird Count!

Peter Keyel reported on PABIRDs that the hummer continues through Sun Jan 8th and subsequently was observed by his wife at 4:30 PM the evening of Wed Jan 11th. He also reported on Fri Jan 13th that the freezing temps and wind prevented him from keeping the feeder up any longer since the wind had knocked down his heat lamp for the feeder.

Peter Keyel's Photobucket pix of his Rufous hummer.
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Bucks Co. -- Imm. Male Selasphorus in Peace Valley Park
NOT BANDED
FO 11/8/11 ↔ LO 11/8/11


Harris Brown's Gallery/Slideshow of the Peace Valley Park Immature Male Selasphorus

August Mirabella reported on PABIRDS that Harris Brown took pictures of a Selasphorus hummer on the Lake Walk trail in Peace Valley Park on the morning of Tues. Nov. 8th. Review of the pix by experts has confirmed the identity as Selasphorus. The gallery pix allow identification of the hummer as an immature male Selasphorus (probably Rufous). (Trail name correction as per pers.comm. AM)

Many thanks to August Mirabella for helping me obtain permission to use the pix by Harris Brown.

Bucks Co - Selasphorus perched on twig-front-by Harris Brown Photography-11/8/11
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Imm. Male Selasphorus in Peace Valley Park, Nov. 8th.
Picture by and courtesy of Harris Brown Photography.

Chester Co. -- Selasphorus in West Chester
NOT BANDED
FO 10/10/11 ↔ LO 10/10/11


Nick's Flickr Photostream with Pix of his Selasphorus

Nick Pulcinella reported on PABIRDS that there was a Selasphorus hummer in his yard on Monday, Oct. 10th. The "hummingbird (a probable Rufous) made infrequent visits to [his] yard that afternoon. [He] was not able to make a definitive identification, but did get a quick look at the spread tail feathers. The shape of R5 and the amount of white appeared too wide for other selasphorus species. The bird fed exclusively on plantings. It wasn't much interested in the feeders and especially [his] hummingbird banding trap. It made a final appearance around 6:15 that evening."

Chester Co. -- Immature Selasphorus perched in West Chester
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West Chester Selasphorus perched.
Picture by and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.

Chester Co. -- HY Male Rufous in Devon
NOT BANDED
FO 11/24/11 ↔ LO 11/24/11


Joe Flood has informed me that he first observed a Selaspohrus hummer around 11 AM Thanksgiving morning. From the pix, this bird is identifiable as a Hatch-year male Rufous, an opinion Scott Weidensaul agrees with. A banding attempt is pending for this bird. (pers. comm. JF, NP, SW)

Joe Flood posted on PABIRDS on Mon Nov 28th that this hummer was a one-day wonder, and thus no banding attempt happened.


Chester Co - Devon HY Male Rufous at Pineapple Sage-gorget
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Devon HY Male Rfuous feeding at Pineapple Sage - gorget view.
Picture by and courtesy of Joe Flood.


Chester Co - Devon HY Male Rufous at Pineapple Sage-left
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Devon HY Male Rufous feeding at Pineapple Sage - left view.
Picture by and courtesy of Joe Flood.

Chester Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Paoli
BANDED 3/4/12 by Sandy L.
FO 12/10/11 ↔ LO


On Sunday March 4th 2012, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABIRDS that she banded an immature female Rufous hummer in Paoli, Chester Co. that same day. The hummer was first observed in mid-December. Pix are pending.

The report of this hummer's presence in PA came through the Great Backyard Bird Count.

This hummer is now the SECOND confirmed Rufous continuing into March in PA hummer history!

Dauphin Co. -- HY Male Rufous in Middletown
BANDED 10/1/11 by Sandy L.
FO 10/1/11 ↔ LO 11/23/11 (updated)


Sandy Lockerman reported on PABIRDS that she banded an immature male Rufous south of Harrisburg on Saturday Oct 1, 2011. Sandy has subsequently informed me that this bird is in Middletown, and subsequently that the bird was last seen Oct 4th (at the original location), however that date has since been revised to Nov 23rd, and the reason is that the bird moved to a second location 3 blocks away. (pers comms SL).

Middletown - Rufous inhand- leftfront
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Middletown Rufous inhand during banding.
Picture by and courtesy of Sandy Lockerman.

Dauphin Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Hummelstown
BANDED 10/13/11 by Scott W.
FO 10/11/11 ↔ LO 10/16/11


Tom Johnson reported on PABIRDS that his mother Jan Getgood, has another (her 4th) Selasphorus bird at her nursery in Hummelstown. It was first seen the evening of Tues. Oct. 11th and seen again the morning of Oct. 12th. Pix were taken, and I hope to be able to display those at a later date.

Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that he banded an immature female Rufous here on Thursday Oct. 13th. The bird had eluded a banding attempt by Sandy Lockerman the day before.

Jan Getgood posted on PABIRDS that this immature female Rufous was last seen in a "brief glimpse by visiting birders early Sunday morning Oct. 16th."

Lebanon Co. -- HY Male Rufous in Grantville
BANDED 11/12/11 by Sandy L.
FO 11/11/11 ↔ LO 1/4/12 (prov)


Pix of Grantville Rufous by Alex Lamoreaux and video by Andy McGann

Andy McGann's video on youtube

Tim Becker reported on PABIRDS on Sat. Nov 12th that Sandy and Gary Lockerman banded a hatch-year male Rufous hummer at his house that afternoon, which was first seen on Fri. Nov 11th. Tim is now a double Selasphorus host, having hosted another hummer last year. And I have now posted the info and one pic of Tim's beautiful immature male Selasphorus from last October (2010).

Tim Becker posted on PABIRDS on Sun Jan 1st 2012 that the bird was feeding as of 3 PM that afternoon, and on Fri Jan 6th that the hummer had not been seen the last 2 evenings.


Lebanon Co Grantville - HY Rufous perched on feeder
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Imm. Male Rufous in Grantville perched on feeder.
Picture by Dick and Pat Puffin and courtesy of Tim Becker.


Lebanon Co Grantville - HY Rufous perched on feeder
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Imm. Male Rufous in Grantville perched on feeder.
Picture by Barry Marts and Bev McDonald and courtesy of Tim Becker.

Lehigh Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Allentown
BANDED 11/17/11 by Sandy L.
FO 9/mid/11 ↔ LO 1/15/12


Video of HY Female RUHU feeding during the Oct 29th snowstorm by Scott Burnet

'Lehigh Valley Wild' blog report of Allentown Rufous banding

Arlene Koch reported on PABIRDS on Mon Nov 14th that there is a Selasphorus hummer visiting a home at 15 S. Muhlenberg St. south of Lake Muhlenberg in Allentown.

Arlene Koch repoted on PABIRDS on Thurs Nov 17th that Sandy Lockerman banded a hatch-year female Rufous at the home of Scott Burnet in Allentown that morning. Apparently the hummer has been present for several weeks. Scott Burnet informed me in late November that this bird has actually been present since mid-September! (pers comm SB)

Jeff Hopkins reported on PABIRDS that he spent a couple of hours watching for the Allentown Rufous on Sat Nov 19th, but did not see it; he did see it on the afternoon of Tues Nov 22nd.

Scott Burnet has informed me that the bird was last seen at 5:03 PM the evening of Sun Jan 15th, after extremely frequent feeding throughout the day. (pers comm SB)

Lehigh Co - Allentown HY Female Rufous in snowstorm
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Allentown Rufous during Oct 29th snowstorm.
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Lehigh Co - Allentown HY Female Rufous in snowstorm
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Allentown Rufous during Oct 29th snowstorm.
Picture by and courtesy of Scott Burnet.


Lehigh Co - Allentown HY Female Rufous in snowstorm - vidcap ID tail shot
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Allentown Rufous during Oct 29th snowstorm.
This is the diagnostic ID tail shot
Vidcap by Rob Protz from video by and courtesy of Scott Burnet.

Lycoming Co. -- Possible Selasphorus in Jersey Shore
NOT BANDED
FO 10/?/11 ↔ LO ?


Wayne Laubscher reported on PABIRDS on Friday Oct. 7 that he "also received a report of another possible Selasphorus hummer in the Jersey Shore area of Lycoming County. [He] hopes to follow up on that one this weekend."

Lycoming Co. -- IHY Female Selasphorus in Warrensville
NOT BANDED
FO 10/23/11 ↔ LO ?


Drew Weber's Gallery of the Warrensville Selasphorus (and the Unityville Selasphorus too).

Wayne Laubscher reported on PABIRDS that a 3rd Lycoming Co Selasphorus (this season) was first observed in Warrensville on Sunday Oct. 23rd. A first attempt at banding was not successful, because the hummer would not enter the trap. The bird continues through Tuesday Oct. 25th.

Warrensville - Selasphorus perched - front
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Selasphorus in Warrensville perched - front view.
Picture by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.

Northampton Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Delabole near Pen Argyl
BANDED 11/11/11 by Scott W.
FO 9/?/11 ↔ LO 12/23/11


Arlene Koch's column which mentions the Delabole Rufous

Arlene Koch reported on PABIRDS on Mon. Nov. 7th that she visited a location where a hummer has been visiting a feeder since the snowstorm on Saturday Oct. 29th, and stated that the bird was definitely a Selasphorus. Arlene has since informed me that the bird is near Wind Gap and Pen Argyl in the Easton area.. The rufous base of the rectrices is evident in the photo below (pers. comm. AK).

Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS on Friday Nov. 11th that he banded an adult female Rufous hummer at the home of Tom and Mona Swope in Delabole near Pen Argyl. He also stated that the bird has been on location since late September.

Tom Swope emailed Rick Wiltraut that he took pix of the hummer on Dec 23rd and that was the last time the bird was seen. (pers comm RW)

Delabole - Adult Female Rufous perched on feeder - left - 11/07/11 - Arlene Koch
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Rufous in Delabole, Nov. 7th, feeder - left view.
Picture by and courtesy of Arlene Koch.


Delabole - Rufous in-hand after banding
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Rufous in Delabole - inhand.
Picture by and courtesy of Rick Wiltraut.

Northampton Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Walnutport
BANDED 11/25/11 by Scott W.
FO 9/?/11 ↔ LO 2/28/12
Northampton Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Little Gap
NOT BANDED
FO 10/21/11 ↔ LO 10/29/11


Scott Weidensaul informed me on Thanksgiving Day that there is a female Selasphorus in Walnutport, Northampton Co. A banding attempt is pending. (pers.comm. SW)

Scott Weidensaul posted on PABIRDS that he banded an adult female Rufous at the home of Dave and Rhonda Wagner near Walnutport on Fri Nov 25th. He also stated that the bird has been present since September.

Dave Wagner confirmed to me in a phone conversation that the hummer has been present since sometime in September, (pers ph comm DW / pers comm RW) and then Rick Wiltraut reported on PABIRDS that he and Dan Altif view the hummer at the Wagners' feeder on Sun Dec 18th during the Wild Creek-Little Gap CBC, representing a new species for that CBC.

Dave Wagner notified me via text messages on Thurs March 1st and Friday March 2nd that the hummer was last observed Tuesday morning Feb 28th.

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Scott Weidensaul posted on PABIRDS on Mon Dec 12th:

"Rick Wiltraut gets the credit for this very neat discovery - he noted that the female Selasphorus reported Oct. 25 at Brad Silfies' house at Little Gap, which Rick photographed but which we weren't able to get banded, was less than two miles due north of the bird currently being seen at the Wagner home in Walnutport."
"I dug back through the photos Rick had sent me of the Little Gap bird, and sure enough, that one shows the same small, healed injury to the tip of the upper beak as the Wagners' hummingbird! What's more, the profile of the left side of the face shows an identical pattern of gorget feathers and dark speckles. Even though we didn't get Brad's bird banded, I think it's clear that these two hummers are one and the same, and that we can now document a short-distance movement between the two sites."


LittleGap/Walnutport - Comparison pic
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Little Gap / Walnutport Rufous Comparison - closeup showing broken maxilla tip from left.
Left half pic by and courtesy of Rick Wiltraut
and right half pic by and courtesy of Dave and Rhonda Wagner.
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Rick Wiltraut reported on PABIRDS that an adult female Selasphorus was seen Friday Oct. 21st in Brad Silfies' backyard garden in Little Gap. Rick reported that "the hummer appears to be "an AHY Rufous with a nice red central spot and rufous sides". The bird was not seen Saturday, but reappeared on Sunday Oct. 23rd for 40 minutes in the garden, but has not been seen again, until Saturday Oct 29th during the snowstorm! (pers comm RW).


Walnutport - Rufous on feeder - closeup -  pic #5
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Walnutport Rufous on feeder - closeup showing broken maxilla tip.
Picture by and courtesy of Dave and Rhonda Wagner.


Walnutport - Rufous on feeder pic#4
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Walnutport Rufous on feeder looking down.
Picture by and courtesy of Dave and Rhonda Wagner.


Little Gap - Selasphorus in Brad Silfies' backyard garden - tail/side
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Little Gap - Selasphorus in Brad Silfies' backyard garden - tail/side view.
Picture by and courtesy of Rick Wiltraut.


Little Gap - Selasphorus in Brad Silfies' backyard garden - front
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Little Gap - Selasphorus in Brad Silfies' backyard garden - front view.
Picture by and courtesy of Rick Wiltraut.

Northampton Co. -- Immature Female Rufous in Wind Gap (Bushkill Twnshp)
BANDED 12/22/11 by Scott W.
FO 9/?/11 ↔ LO ~12/30/11


On Tues Dec 20th Rick Wiltraut posted on PABIRDS:

"Yesterday afternoon I received a phone call from a woman up the road who said she still has a hummingbird coming to her feeder. This morning I visited the yard and it was another Selasphorus. Bird has pale rufous flanks and entirely green back and upper tail coverts. Bird also has an evenly spotted throat with a couple "flame" feathers centrally located, possibly an immature male. Unfortunately in the short time I was there I never got a look at the spread tail. Bird has been visiting feeder all fall."
"Site is about 1.5 miles north of Jacobsburg in Bushkill Township. Including the two at Jacobsburg, this would make the 3rd sighting for Bushkill Township and the fifth this fall for the county."

The hummer at the home of Tom and Sylvia Harrington in Wind Gap was captured by Scott Weidensaul and Rick Wiltraut and banded on Thurs Dec 22, and the initial ID reported on PABIRDS was adult female. That has since been revised to hatch-year female based on a combination of characteristics. (pers comm SW).

Jeff Hopkins posted on PABIRDS that he saw the newly banded HYF RUHU on Sat Dec 24th at the Harrington home.

Sylvia Harrington has informed me that their hummer left about 5 days after Christmas. (pers phone comm SH)

Northampton Co - Wind Gap HY Female Rufous inhand at banding
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Wind Gap HY Female Rufous inhand (RW's hand) at banding.
Picture by Scott Weidensaul with Rick Wiltraut's camera and courtesy of Rick Wiltraut.

Northampton Co. -- Imm/Female Selasphorus in Lower Saucon Twnshp
NOT BANDED
FO 9/late/11 ↔ LO 10/mid/11


Sandy Yerger reported to Rick Wiltraut late in 2011 that, after she and her husband saw one of the articles on Selaspohrus hummers in a newspaper, their "mystery" hummer seen at their home from late Sept to mid Oct was also a Selasphorus. Sandy described the hummer to me during a phone conversation in January 2012 and it sounds like an immature/female Selaspohrus. (email and pers phone comm SY)

Lycoming Co. -- HY Male Selasphorus near Unityville
NOT BANDED
FO 10/5/11 ↔ LO 10/6/11


Wayne Laubscher reported on PABIRDS on Friday Oct 7. that "a Selasphorus hummingbird visited a feeder at an eastern Lycoming Co. residence near Unityville. [He] attempted to catch, band, and ID this bird [Thurs. 10/6] but was unable to. Despite all [his] attempts at baiting, the hummer would not enter the trap during several visits. It appeared to likely be an adult female based on a few photos [he] was able to get."

Wayne also stated that this bird is at the exact same location that another Selasphorus visited in October of 2006 (see PaHummers 2006-2007).

Wayne has also informed me that Scott Weidensaul agrees with me that this bird is probably a HY male Selasphorus (pers. comm. WL).

Lycoming Co. -- Immature Male Selasphorus near Unityville - side view
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Unityville Selasphorus flying - side view.
Picture by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.


Lycoming Co. -- Immature Male Selasphorus near Unityville - tail view
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Unityville Selasphorus flying - tail view.
Picture by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.

Northampton Co. --HY Male Selasphorus in Jacobsburg
NOT BANDED
FO 11/4/11 ↔ LO 11/6/11


Rick Wiltraut reported on PABIRDS that a Selasphorus hummer appeared at the feeder at the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center where he works at 4:10 PM on Friday Nov. 4th. He waited until it returned and took pictures, one of which I have posted below. Rick reported that the bird continues on Sat. Nov. 5th as well. From the picture the bird can be identified as an immature male (probable Rufous) Selasphorus.

Rick has informed me that the hummer was last seen around 8 AM on Sunday Nov. 6th. His final comment was "Bummer!" (pers comm RW)

Jacobsburg - Selasphorus flying- right - 11/4/11
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Selasphorus in Jacobsburg Nov. 4th, flying - rightside view.
Picture by and courtesy of Rick Wiltraut.


Northampton Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Jacobsburg
ALREADY BANDED - in River Ridge LA by Nancy Newfield on Jan. 9, 2011
FO 11/11/11 ↔ LO 1/3/12



Dave DeReamus' pix of the Jacobsburg adult male Rufous on Saturday Nov 19th

Corey Husic's pic of the Jacobsburg adult male Rufous on Sunday Nov 20th

Howard Eskin's photo study of the Jacobsburg Rufous

Arlene Koch's column about the Jacobsburg recapture (and other hummers)

Rick Koval's article in the Pocono Record about 'Rufus'

Morning Call Article on Lehigh Valley Rufous Hummer and the banding of 'Rufus Jacobsburg'

Rick Wiltraut reported on PABIRDS that there is a beautiful adult male Rufous hummer visiting the feeder at the office at Jacobsburg State Park on Mon. Nov 14th. He said that this hummer is already banded.

Scott Weidensaul posted on PABIRDS on Mon. Nov 14th that he recaptured the hummer that day and confirmed the adult male Rufous in Jacobsburg was already banded. THIS IS NOW PENNSYLVANIA'S SECOND FOREIGN RECAPTURED RUFOUS!!! The hummer was originally banded as an immature in River Ridge LA by Nancy Newfield on Jan. 9, 2011.

Rick Wiltraut posted on PABIRDS on Tues. Nov 15th that this hummer was actually FOed by Pat Houck on Fri. Nov 11th. She reported the hummer to Arlene Koch who relayed that information to Rick. Rick first saw the Rufous himself on Mon. Nov 14th and then notified Scott Weidensaul. . . and the rest is now history - great history! Rick has named him 'Rufus'. (PABIRDS and pers.comm RW)

Arlene Koch posted on PABIRDS on Sat Nov 25th that the adult male RUHU has moved down the road to Pat Houck's residence, 677 Jacobsburg Road. "Ironically and coincidentally [Pat] was the first person to notice this bird at the Jacobsburg [SP] feeder." Arlene and Rick Wiltraut both observed the hummer at Pat's feeder and agree that the plumage and band on the left leg point to the ID as the same bird.

Rick Wiltraut posted on PABIRDS on Thurs Dec 15th that the hummer continues at Pat Houck's residence through 1 PM that afternoon, and then reported on PABIRDS that Bill Sweeney saw the adult male Rufous at the Jacobsburg office at 9:30 AM on Fri Dec 16th.

Jeff Hopkins posted on PABIRDS on Sat Dec 24th that he saw 'Rufus'" at Pat Houck's home that day, after Pat pointed him out sitting in a cedar tree.

Rick Wiltraut has informed me that Pat Houck reported that she saw 'Rufus' at her feeder on Tues Jan 3rd, and Pat Houck has subsequently informed me that she last saw 'Rufus' at 3:09 PM on Jan 3rd. (pers comm RW - PH)


Northampton Co - Jacobsburg Adult Male Rufous 'Rufus' perched on feeder with tongue out
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'Rufus' on feeder in Jacobsburg.
Note the band visible on the left leg.
Picture by and courtesy of Rick Wiltraut.


Northampton Co - Jacobsburg Adult Male Rufous 'Rufus' in Rick's Mom's hand
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'Rufus' held by Mrs. Wiltraut, Rick's Mom.
Picture by Scott Weidensaul and courtesy of Rick Wiltraut.

Somerset Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Somerset
NOT BANDED
FO 12/23 or 24/11 ↔ LO 12/23 or 24/11


On Fri Jan 13th, Mike Lanzone reported on PABIRDS that he had just been told that his catsitter had observed a "dusky brownish hummingbird" visit his feeder 1 or 2 days before Christmas. Mike returned on Jan 2nd and has not observed the hummer. This description not only indicates a Selasphorus, but a high probability of an adult male Rufous.

Venango Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Rockland Twnshp near Nickelville
BANDED 11/6/11 by Bob M.
FO 10/19/11 ↔ LO 11/8/11


Mike Leahy's images of the Venango Co Selasphorus

Mike Leahy reported on PABIRDS that he got word of a possible Selasphorus hummer at a location in Venango Co. near his home in Rockland Township near Nickelville. He obtained permission to visit and took images. He was also told that the bird(s) have been on location since mid-October. A banding attempt is pending on Sun. Oct. 6th.

Bob Mulvihill has informed me that this hummer was sucessfully trapped and banded on Sun. Nov 6th, and it was confirmed as a Rufous (pers. comm. BM).

Mike Leahy posted on PABIRDS on Mon. Nov 21st about this location and the late RTHU in Clarion Co. He said that "the Jordans are certain that this bird was not alone and in fact there were 3 hummingbirds coming to the feeder in late October and there were 2 hummers coming to the feeder just a day or 2 before we made the capture on Sunday. Although I didn't see the birds at the feeder at the same time, I personally believe I saw 2 different Rufous hummers coming to the feeder when I first visited on Friday Nov. 4th. We could only confirm the single bird. They last saw the bird on Tuesday Nov. 8th."

Venango Co - Rufous perched on feeder - front - 11/03/11
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Rufous in Venango Co., Nov. 3rd, feeder - front view.
Picture by and courtesy of Mike Leahy.

York Co. -- HY Male Rufous near Hanover
BANDED 12/15/11 by Sandy L.
FO 10/~10/11 ↔ LO 4/2/12


Sandy Lockerman reported on PABIRDS on Fri Dec 16th that she banded an immature male Rufous south of Hanover on Thursday Dec 15, 2011. The hummer has been present since the second week of October. New primary flight feather molt was noted.

Sandy Lockerman has informed me that the hummer was last observed on April 2, 2012. He was reported to be gaining orange feathering on the body as well in his gorget during the last week he spent in Hanover. THIS IS NOW THE FIRST CONFIRMED RUFOUS PRESENT IN PA IN THE MONTH OF APRIL.

York Co. -- Immature Male Rufous inhand during banding in Hanover
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Hanover Rufous inhand during banding.
Picture by and courtesy of Sandy Lockerman.
York Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Hanover on feeder Dec 30th 2011 by Deb Kline
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Hanover Rufous on feeder Dec 30th.
Picture by and courtesy of Deb Kline.

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Cecil County MD. -- Green Violetear in Elkton MD
NOT BANDED
FO 10/10/11 ↔ LO 10/12/11


Howard County MD. -- Green Violetear in Clarskville MD
NOT BANDED
FO 10/24/11 ↔ LO 10/26/11


A big shout of THANKS to Nancy Newfield for her assistance with this great bird!

Bob Schutsky first reported on PABIRDS that a Green Violetear had been seen in Elkton Maryland, which is almost in Pennsylvania (as well as almost in Delaware and almost in New Jersey!). I have been fortunate to obtain an image of this GRVE/GVIO to use because I want to let everyone in southeast PA know that they should be on the lookout for this bird. You never know where it will turn up next!

I have gathered from a post by Maryanne Dolan on MD/Osprey that the bird was first observed on Monday Oct 10th, and last seen the evening of Wednesday Oct 12th.

And many thanks to Phil Davis of the Maryland/DC Bird Records Committee and to Bill Hubick of Bill Hubick Photography (www.billhubick.com) for the use of his image.

And many thanks to Les Eastman for passing along this link to Mark Hoffman's gallery of the Elkton MD GRVE/GVIO.

On Thursday, Oct. 27th, Joe Hanfman reported on MDOsprey that a GRVE/GVIO was seen for 2 days in Clarksville in Howard Co. MD. Pix of the Clarksville MD GRVE/GVIO are here! Thanks to Joe Hanfman for sending me the URL!

Elkton MD. -- Green Violetear perched on fence
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Elkton Maryland GRVE/GVIO perched on fence.
Picture by and courtesy of Bill Hubick Photography.

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Jefferson Co. WV -- Female Rufous in Kearneysville
BANDED 11/18/11 by Bruce Peterjohn
FO ~10/24/11 ↔ LO 1/10/12


Matt Orsie reported on WVBIRDS on Mon Jan 2nd that he had seen a Rufous hummer in Jefferson Co WV on his "quest for the "January 100", an attempt to see 100 species in WV during the month [of January]." Subsequent emails have informed me that this bird in is Kearneysville at the home of Kristin Bowers. (MO,BD JB pers comms - KB pers phone comm).

And I have now learned that the hummer first arrived at Kristin's about a week before Halloween and that Bruce Peterjohn banded her on Nov 18th. (pers phone/email comm KB)

'Birdmom' informed me that she observed the hummer at Kristin's on Mon Jan 9th (pers comm JB), and Kristin informed me that the hummer was last observed on Tues Jan 10th (pers comm KB).

Jefferson Co WV - Kearneysville HY Female Rufous perched by Matt Orsie
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Kearneysville HY Female Rufous perched.
Picture by Matt Orsie and courtesy of Kristin Bowers.

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Ohio Co WV -- Adult Female Rufous in Triadelphia WV
BANDED 12/23/11 by Bob M.
FO 11/late/11 ↔ LO 1/7/12

ANOTHER "ALMOST IN PA" HUMMER!!!


Bob Mulvihill informed me by email that on Friday Dec 23rd, he banded a AHY Female Rufous hummer at the home of Jim and Mary Morris in Triadelphia West Virginia. The age of the hummer was another problematic estimation, but final opinion is that the bird is still an after-hatch-year bird.

Mr. Morris has informed me that this hummer was first seen in late November at their feeder in Triadelphia. (pers phone comm JM)

The Rufous was last observed on Sat Jan 7th. (pers comm JM)

Ohio Co WV - Triadelphia AHY Female Rufous flying near feeder in  snow on 12/17/11
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Triadelphia WV AHY Female Rufous near feeder in snow on Dec 17th.
Picture by and courtesy of Jim Morris.


Ohio Co WV - Triadelphia HY Female Rufous inhand at banding
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Triadelphia WV HY Female Rufous inhand at banding.
Picture by and courtesy of Bob Mulvihill.

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OHIO-FLORIDA-OHIO TRIPLEPLAY RECAP -- Adult Female Rufous
BANDED H61079 10/20/09 by Allen Chartier
Recaptured 12/18/10 by Fred Bassett and Recaptured again by Allen C 1/4/12

Excerpted from an Allen Chartier post on HUMNET and a Scott Weidensaul post on PABIRDS


Subject: H61079 recap
From: Allen Chartier
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012

"Humbanders,

Before anyone gets too excited, I know who the bander is. It's ME. Yipee!

On October 20, 2009 I banded an adult female Rufous Hummingbird near Loudonville, Ashland County, Ohio where she was First Observed on October 24 and Last Observed on November 9, 2009.

On December 18, 2010, Fred Bassett recaptured her in Pensacola, Florida (I don't have FO and LO dates).

Today (January 4, 2012), I caught her again, this time in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio. She has been on site there since about November 1. This is about 15 miles NW of where she was originally banded in 2009 (and less than 2 miles from where another Rufous was banded in 2007).

This is only the second Rufous Hummingbird confimed as a returnee to Ohio (none yet in Michigan or Indiana), and is the first "triple play" I've ever been involved with."

Allen T. Chartier on HUMNET

"Since she was banded in 2009, she has likely flown at least 15,000 miles, including two returns in summer back to her breeding area somewhere in the Pacific Northwest (from Oregon to southern Alaska)," Allen posted. "She is also at least 3 years 6 months old."

Scott Weidensaul quoting Allen Chartier on PABIRDS



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