|Winter Rufous Art by Julie Zickefoose||Winter Rufous Art by Julie Zickefoose|
Winter Hummer Article on CBSLocal Philly by Molly Daly - 12/1/12
Banding Summary thru Sun Jan 13th:
Newly Banded: 45+ RUHU, 2 CAHU, and 2 ALHU,
2012-2013 Hummers are listed in alphabetical order by county name.
|Adams Co. Imm Male Selasphorus in Biglerville
FO 10/9/12 ↔ LO 12/14/12
On Mon Jan 21st 2013, Scott Weidensaul received a report with a photo of a long-departed immature male Selasphorus in Biglerville. This hummer was present for a little over 2 months from Oct to Dec 2012.
|Allegheny Co. Adult Female Rufous in Leetsdale
BANDED # L-04439 10/28/12 by Bob M.
FO 10/27/12 ↔ LO 1/24/13
CBC BIRD (Imperial CBC 12/30/12)
Shawn Collins' Pix of the Leetsdale Rufous on his Flickr page
Jeff McDonald's Pix of the Leetsdale Rufous from Jan 2nd on his Flickr page
On Sat Oct 27th, Mark Vass posted on PABirds that he had observed and photographed a Selasphorus hummer at the home of Becky Smith in Leetsdale. Mark posted his pic on Facebook as well.
Becky has informed me that this hummer was FOed the same morning, but she had put her feeder back up because she had thought she had seen another hummer a week earlier! (pers comm BLS)
Bob Mulvihill posted on PABirds on Sun Oct 28th that he banded an adult female Rufous weighing 3.6 grams and undergoing early stage wing molt at Becky Smith's.
Becky has informed me that the hummer continues thru Tues Nov 6th. (pers comm BLS)
On Sat Nov 10th, Shawn Collins posted a beautiful photo of this hummer on PABirders Facebook page.
Mark Vass posted on PABirds on Tues Jan 1st and Jeff McDonald on Wed Jan 2nd, that this hummer is still present in Leetsdale. See Jeff McDonald's pix at the link above.
Mike Fialkovich has informed me that he visited Becky Smith and saw the Leetsdale Rufous on Sat Jan 19th. (pers comm MPF) And Jim Hausman of Jefferson Hills posted on PABirds that he saw the Rufous Mon afternoon Jan 21st. Becky Smith reported that the Rufous was last seen after tanking up between 7:15 and 7:30 AM on Jan 24th. (pers comm RSM)
|Allegheny Co. Possible Selasphorus in Pittsburgh (Crafton Heights)
FO 10/?/12 ↔ LO ?
On Sun Oct 28th, Rosalyn from Crafton Heights (which is a Pittsburgh city neighborhood adjacent to the suburb of Crafton) stated on Scott Shalaway's Birds and Nature radio program that until 2 days earlier she still had a "green" hummer coming to her feeders, but it could have still been there, because she was gone for 2 days. She had not seen the back or tail. (B & N 10/28/12)
|Allegheny Co. Imm Male Rufous on Mt Washington in Pittsburgh
BANDED 11/26/12 by Bob M.
FO 10/28/12 ↔ LO 1/24/13
CBC BIRD (Pittsburgh CBC 12/29/12)
On Mon Nov 26th, Bob Mulvihill posted on PAbirds that he had just banded "a beautiful hatching year male Rufous Hummingbird at the home of Kim Marasco on Mount Washington near downtown Pittsburgh." The bird had a heavy fat load and had completed wing molt. Pix are pending.
Kim has notified me that the hummer was first seen on Oct 28th, and was last seen around 5:30 PM on Jan 24th. (pers comms KM)
|Allegheny Co. Probable Adult Male Rufous in Elizabeth Township
FO 11/30/12 ↔ LO 11/30/12
On Sun Dec 2nd, Julia Ecklar posted on PABirds that friends of hers in Elizabeth Township have been seeing a hummer for the last couple of days. They have rehung a feeder and a positive ID is pending.
Further info passed on by Bob Mulvihill is that this humer was described as "orange" and only made one visit to an empty feeder, and never returned after the feeder was filled. (pers comm BM)
|Allegheny Co. Adult Female Rufous in Wexford
BANDED 11/6/12 by Bob M.
FO ? ↔ LO ?
Bob Mulvihill banded an adult female Rufous in Wexford on Nov 6, 2012. FO and LO dates are unknown at this time.
|Berks Co. Imm Male Rufous in Fleetwood
BANDED 11/16/12 by Scott W.
FO 11/7/12 ↔ LO 12/3/12
On Sat Nov 17th, Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds that he banded an innature male Rufous at a home in Fleetwood, where a second bird may also be present, on Fri Nov 16th. The second hummer was LOed Nov 14th. (SW Tally)
|Berks Co. Imm Female Rufous in Kutztown
BANDED 11/16/12 by Scott W.
FO 10/early/12 ↔ LO 11/21/12
On Sat Nov 17th, Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds that he banded an innature female Rufous at a home in Kutztown on Fri Nov 16th.
|Berks Co. -- Adult Male Selasphorus in the suburbs
FO 10/6/12 ↔ LO ?10/6/12
Carobuzz informed me by email that she had a brief visit to her flower patch by an adult male Selasphorus hummer on Sat Oct 6th. Unfortunately the hummer left before she could get a picture.
|Berks Co. -- Probable Imm Male Selasphorus in Oley
FO 10/14/12 ↔ LO 10/21/12
A probable Hatch-year male Selasphorus was photographed in Oley in October.
|Berks Co. Imm Male Selasphorus in East Reading
FO 10/?/12 ↔ LO 10/24/12
I received an email from Dorian Stuart in Reading, who is a Facebook friend of Bernice Ziniewicz of Luzerne Co with pix of a beautiful immature male Selasphorus, probably a Rufous. The FO date on this bird is uncertain and pending.
In a subsequent phone conversation, Scott Weidensaul told me that he thinks this is the same hummer being seen at another nearby location in Exeter. (pers comm SW)
This Selasphorus was last seen on Oct 24th. (pers comm DS)
|Bucks Co. -- Probable Adult Male Broad-tailed in Levittown
FO 8/13/12 ↔ LO 8/13/12
On Wed. Aug 15th, Al and Nancy Bilheimer posted on PABirds: "A few days ago we had a one-time (that we know of) visit from [a hummer] that seemed to be noticeably larger overall, and huskier. The bill was also very much longer in proportion and was very heavy - it almost looked front-heavy. It had a large, brilliant red/pink gorget that was easily seen at any angle."
This description sounded like an adult male BTLH to me. And Nancy Bilheimer has confirmed that their hummer looked just like the adult male BTLH picture on thayerbirds, but no pix of their bird were obtained. Unfortunately they did not see the tail, but the rest of the description indicates probable BTLH. (pers comm NAB)
Bucks Co. Black-chin in Morrisville
FO 11/10/12 ↔ LO 11/10/12
Rich Dulay's #1 BCHU photo on Nov 10th on August Mirabella's Flickr pages
Rich Dulay's #2 BCHU photo on Nov 10th on August Mirabella's Flickr pages
BCHU NemesisBird page with Rich Dulay's BCHU photos (4)
On Sat Nov 17th, Tom Johnson posted on PABirds that Rich Dulay of Morrisville photographed a hummer on Nov 10th and sent the photos to eBird at Cornell. Marshall Iliff has IDed the bird from the photographs as PA's 1st confirmed Black-chinned Hummer!!!
"This bird is not an adult male, so focusing on the gorget pattern isn't especially helpful for the identification. Identifying immature and female Archilochus hummingbirds is a challenging task, but this individual shows a long, noticeably decurved bill, dull head coloration, a relatively pale face pattern, and perhaps most importantly, blunt-tipped outer primaries that sweep back to form a hook shape (visible on the folded wing at rest). These characters combine to help separate this bird from a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, the typical Archilochus in eastern North America."
More comments from Marshall Iliff as quoted on August Mirabella's Flickr pages: "It looks to me like a classic Black-chinned. Not only is the bill really long, but the face pattern is quite pale with limited dark in the lores and the dark half-crescent that I have found to be typical of Black-chinned (still need to publish all that!). The back is pretty dull green and the underparts a bit dingy, but the outermost primary is also visible and much broader than would be seen on Ruby-throated. As far as I'm concerned, these photos make for an acceptable first state record."
Unfortunately this hummer was apparently a one-day wonder :(
Bucks Co. Imm Male Allen's in Pipersville
BANDED 11/21/12 by Scott W.
FO 11/12/12 ↔ LO 1/7/13
DaveDeReamus' Photos of the Pipersville Allen's on Nov 15th
Howard Eskin's Photo Study of banding day for the Pipersville Allen's on Nov 21st
ThermalBirding Video of the Pipersville Allen's on Nov 22rd by Tim Schreckengost
NemesisBird Photo and Video of the Pipersville Allen's on Nov 23rd by Alex Lamoreaux
Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Pipersville Allen's on Nov 26th, 28th, and Dec 3rd
Harold Davis' Photo Study of the Pipersville Allen's on Nov 26th
Harold Davis' Flickr Photostream of the Pipersville Allen's on Nov 26th
Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Pipersville Allen's on Dec 6th
Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Pipersville Allen's on Dec 13th
Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Pipersville Allen's on Dec 23rd
Alex Lamoreaux's Photo of the Pipersville Allen's on Dec 28th
Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Pipersville Allen's on Dec 30th
Howard Eskin's Photo of the Pipersville Allen's on Jan 5th 2013
On Tues Nov 13th, Dave DeReamus posted on PABirds that his friend Babe Webster first noticed a Selasphorus hummer in her garden on Mon Nov 12th. The hummer is described as Rufous-appearing with a central red gorget spot, indicating a probable adult female. However, the pix from August Mirabella appear to indicate an immature male, despite that central red gorget spot without further stippling.
Howard Eskin posted on PABirds on Wed Nov 21st that Scott Weidensaul banded the Pipersville hummer and IDed it as a Hatch-Year Male Allen's by R5 width and other characteristics.
Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Tues Jan 8th 2013 that Babe Webster last observed the ALHU feeding at around 7:30 on Mnday morning Jan 7th.
|Bucks Co. -- Selasphorus in Quakertown/Milford Square
FO 9/26/12 ↔ LO 11/23/12
Scott Weidensaul has informed me that a Selasphorus is present in Quakertown. This location has been updated to Milford Square. (pers. comm. SW + Tally)
August Mirabella has graciously informed me that the host (BL) told another party who shall remain unnamed who told him that this Selasphorus was last seen Nov 23rd. (pers comm AM)
|Bucks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Quakertown/Kintnersville
BANDED 12/31/12 by Sandy L.
FO ? ↔ LO 1/10/13
On Tues Jan 1st 2013, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she finished out 2012 by banding an adult female Rufous in active molt in Quakertown. There is additional info that this was in Kintnersville. (SW Tally)
|Chester Co. Adult Male Rufous in Chester Springs
BANDED 11/28/12 by Nick P.
FO ~10/6/12 ↔ LO 11/28/12
On Sun Nov 18th, Scott Shalaway reported on Birds and Nature on WMNY-AM in Pittsburgh that he had received an email the previous day from a woman in Chester Co stating that she had been seeing a hummer at her feeder for the past 6 weeks. As of Tues Nov 27th I have a copy of that email, and the hostess stated that she IDed the hummer because of an especially good photo of a Rufous in Birds and Blooms Extra!
I've been informed by the hummer hostess Naomi Nelson that Nick Pulcinella successfully banded her Adult Male Rufous on Wed Nov 28th. (pers comm NN)
Chester Co. Imm Male Calliope in Devon
BANDED 11/1/12 by Nick P and Wayne L
FO ~10/20/12 ↔ LO tent. 11/11/12
Nick Pulcinella's Calliope Pix on Nov 1st
Wayne Laubscher's Calliope Pix on Nov 1st from PABirders on Facebook
Jeff Wahl's Calliope Pix from Nov 3rd.
Calliope at feeder
Photo Page on the Devon PA Calliope by Harold Davis on 11/8/12
CAHU Page by NemesisBird on the Devon PA Calliope
On Sat Oct 27th, Joe Flood posted on PABirds about a bird which had been around for about a week that he tentatively IDed as an immature male Ruby-throat. Scott Weidensaul has opined based on Joe's pix that this bird is probably an immature male Calliope, based on shape, size, and especially the white lores, which are diagnostic for Calliope.
On Thurs Nov 1st, Nick Pulcinella posted on PABirds that he and Wayne Laubscher banded the immature male Calliope in Devon. This is PA's 2nd record and 1st banded CAHU.
Joe Flood posted on PABirds on Mon Nov 12th that the CAHU had not been seen for 24 hours.
|Chester Co. Female Selasphorus in West Grove
FO 10/2/12 ↔ LO 10/3/12
There was a female Selasphorus at the home of a previous Rufous host for 2 days in early October in West Grove, and there was a photo. (SW Tally)
|Chester Co. Adult Female Selasphorus in West Chester
FO 11/1/12 ↔ LO ?
Nick Pulcinella's Selasphorus Pix on Nov 1st
On Thurs Nov 1st, Nick Pulcinella posted on PABirds that after he returned home from the Calliope banding in nearby Devon, he observed a Selasphorus hummer in his own garden. Unfortunately, the hummie would not enter his trap, so he could not band it immediately.
|Chester Co. Imm Male Rufous in Chadd's Ford
BANDED 1/2/13 by Nick P.
FO ~11/1/12 ↔ LO ?
Tim Schreckengost's Flickr Set including the Chadd's Ford RUHU on Sat Jan 5th
On Wed Jan 2nd, Nick Pulcinella posted on PABirds that he banded an immature male Rufous that morning in Chadd's Ford. This was at Gale Brewer's home and the FO date was approximately the end of October or early November as best the hostess can recall. (pers comm GB by way of NP)
Holly Merker reposted on PABirds a posting on DEBirds by Kim Steininger on Sat Jan 26th that the Chadd's Ford Rufous is still onsite.
|Chester Co. Imm Female Rufous near Pottstown
BANDED 12/16/12 by Sandy L.
FO ? ↔ LO 2/15/13
On Sun Dec 16th, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she banded an immature female Rufous in Pottstown, but 3 mi SW of another RUHU in the area which was banded Nov 11th, which was apparently in Montgomery Co. No FO date for this Chester Co hummer was given. However, I have recieved in late February a LO date - Feb 15th. (pers comm SL thru SW)
Additionally, there was a second unknown Selasphorus at this location on Dec 29th. (SW Tally)
|Clarion Co. HY Female Rufous in Sligo
BANDED 10/16/12 by Bob M.
FO 10/14/12 ↔ LO 11/2/12
Mike Leahy's pix of Carole Winslow's Rufous
On Sunday Oct 14th, Carole Winslow posted on PABirds that she had observed a hummer at her place for the first time at about 5:15 PM that evening. Then on Monday Oct 15th, she posted that the hummer had been there since 7:40 AM. She subsequently got some pix of this hummer and has informed me that both Scott Weidensaul and Bob Mulvihill have IDed this hummer as a probable Selasphorus. And I agree with that assessment.
Bob Mulvihill posted on Facebook (along with a nice pic of a Red Fox) and Mike Leahy posted on PABirds that this hummer was banded on Tuesday Oct 16th and confirmed as a Hatch-Year Female Rufous.
Carole had posted on PABirds that the bird was seen on Sun Oct 21st, but posted again on Thurs Oct 25th that the bird had returned at 6 PM that evening, and had a long drink at 6:30 PM before retiring for the night. She again posted on PABirds on Thurs Nov 8th that the Rufous was last seen by Mark Moore on the afternoon of Fri Nov 2nd.
|Crawford Co. Adult Female Rufous in Saegertown
BANDED 11/24/12 by Bob M.
FO unknown - Reported 11/23/12 ↔ LO ?
Photos of the Saegertown Rufous Banding on Facebook
On Sat Nov 24th Bob Mulvihill posted on PABirds that he had banded an adult female Rufous at the home of Denise and Bill Adams in Saegertown. It was noted that the Rufous had already molted all but 2 outer primaries and 1 inner secondary on the wings. The hummer weighed over 4 grams.
Bob Mulvihill has informed me that the Adams had hummer straight thru without interruption, so the FO date on this bird could be very early, but will remain uncertain. (pers comm BM)
|Cumberland Co. Adult Female Rufous in Mechanicsburg
BANDED 11/16/12 by Sandy L.
FO ? ↔ LO 11/21/12
On Sat Nov 10th, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she attempted to band a Selasphorus in Mechanicsburg, but it would not enter the trap, but she was able to band it and ID this hummer as an adult female Rufous on Fri Nov 16th. (PABirds 11/17)
|Cumberland Co. Unknown Selasphorus in Lemoyne
FO ? ↔ LO ?
An unknown Selasphorus was reported in Lemoyne and the host declined to have it banded. No dates are available. (SW Tally)
|Cumberland Co. 2 Unknown Selasphorus in Mt. Holly Springs
FO ? ↔ LO 12/1/12
Two Selaspohrus were reported by Lanny Chambers in Mt. Holly Springs; I'm not sure how Lanny got his report/info.
|Dauphin Co. -- Selasphorus in Harrisburg
FO 9/19/12 ↔ LO 9/19/12
On Sunday Sept. 23th, Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds that a Selasphorus hummer made a "there and gone" appearance in Harrisburg on Sept 19th.
|Dauphin Co. Selasphorus near Hummelstown
FO 10/16/12 ↔ LO 10/18/12
Photo of Meadowood Nursery Selasphorus on Oct 16th
Video of Meadowood Nursery Selasphorus on Oct 17th by Andy McGann
On Tuesday Oct 16th, Tom Johnson posted on PABirds that Melissa Roach found a Selasphorus hummer at Meadowood Nursery run by the Getgoods. Jan Getgood (Tom's Mother) got a picture which Tom posted on flickr (see link above). This is the 5th Selasphorus at Meadowood Nursery.
On Wednesday Oct 17th, Andy McGann posted a video of this hummer on youtube which confirmed the ID as a probable Rufous. See link above.
|Dauphin Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Middletown
BANDED 10/19/12 by Sandy L.
FO ? ↔ LO ?
Sandy Lockerman banded an immature female Rufous in Middletown on Oct 19th. (SW Tally)
|Erie Co. Possible Selasphorus in Northeast
FO 10/8?/12 ↔ LO 10/24/12
I've been informed by Bob Mulvihill (although it seems I missed a PABirds post) that there was a possible Selasphorus at a feeder in Northeast in Erie Co for most of October. Apparently there were 2 hummers at this location on Oct 8th, only one starting Oct 14 or 15, and that hummer was LOed Oct 24th. (pers comm RM x2)
|Franklin Co. Adult Female Rufous near Roxbury
BANDED 10/21/12 by Bob M.
FO 10/14/12 ↔ LO 12/2/12
On Thursday Oct 18th, Dale L. Gearhart posted on PABirds that he had photographed a female Selasphorus hummer at the home of Kathy and Dick Lauver north of the Blue Mountain interchange along Route 997, near Roxbury (PAB and pers comm DLG).
Kathy Lauver subseaquently informed me that the hummer was first seen on Sun Oct 14th, but it's possible that it arrived earlier since they were gone the week before. (pers comm KL)
Dale Gearhart posted on PABirds that Bob Mulvihill successfully banded this Selaspohrus on Sun Oct 21st and confirmed the ID as an adult female Rufous (wing molt was half-finished at that time - PAB 12/5).
Bob Mulvihill posted on PABirds on Wed Dec 5th that Kathy Lauver reported last seeing the adult female Rufous about noon on Sun Dec 2nd.
|Juniata Co. Adult Female Rufous in East Waterford
BANDED 11/9/12 by Wayne L.
FO ~9/30/12 ↔ LO ?
Wayne Laubscher's Pix of Tina Swarner's Rufous on Facebook - Fall for Hummingbirds Contest
On Fri Nov 9th, Chad Kaufmann posted on PABirds that Wayne Laubscher banded an adult female Rufous in Juniata Co. Wayne Laubscher also confirmed this on PABirds later that evening. Combining this with info on the Fall for Hummingibirds Contest Facebook page, this bird has been present since sometime in October at the home of Tina Swarner in East Waterford. (also pers comm CK)
This Rufous was first observed at the "end of September" according to a Facebook FFHC comment posted by Tina on Nov 12th.
|Juniata Co. Selasphorus in Thompsontown
FO 10/7/12 ↔ LO 11/9/12
Pix of Thompsontown Selasphorus on Facebook - Fall for Hummingbirds Contest
On Fri Nov 9th, Chad Kaufmann posted on PABirds that there is a second Selasphorus in Juniata Co. Combining this with info on the Fall for Hummingibirds Contest Facebook page, this bird has been present since sometime in Thompsontown for a while.
Updated dates - both Wayne Laubscher who attempted to band this hummer, but could not, and Chad Kaufman have informed me that this hummer was last seen on Fri Nov 9th. Chad additionally posted on Fb FFHC that the FO date was Oct 7th, with no further obs until Oct 28, 29, and 31, and then daily until Nov 9th. (pers comm WL and Fb post CK)
|Juniata Co. Immature Female Rufous near Port Royal
BANDED 11/17/12 by Wayne L
FO ~10/1/12 ↔ LO 1/14/13
CBC BIRD (12/15/12)
Fall for Hummingbirds Contest Pix by Alan Berger
NemesisBird page on Port Royal Rufous posted Nov 21st, 2012
NemesisBird page on Port Royal Rufous from Jan 6, 2013
There is a post on the Facebook Fall for Hummingbirds Contest page by Betty Klase from Thurs Nov 8th that she has a hummer, which is probably a Selasphorus. Waiting for more info and a picture.
Betty has informed me that they noticed a hummer hanging around after all others had gone, but were gone on vacation, and when the hummer was still present on Nov 1st, they realized that it was not a Ruby-throat. (pers comm BK)
Pix by Alan Berger from Nov 14th were posted on Facebook. There is no tail shot, but they do indicate a definite Selasphorus.
Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds on Sun Nov 18th that he banded this immature female Rufous on Sat Nov 17th.
Chad Kaufmann posted on PABirds on Tues Dec 11th that Leroy Troyer and Alan Berger visited the continuing RUHU and they hope to have it on Sat Dec 15th for the CBC, and posted again on Thur Dec 13th, that the RUHU was there and feeding that morning with a temp of 17F. Chad posted on PABirds again on Fri Dec 21st that per email from Betty Klase, the Rufous was still a daily visitor.
Mike Dreibelbis posted on PABirds on Sun Jan 13th that the Port Royal Rufous continues. Then Chad Kauffman posted on Wed Jan 16th that he had received a report from the Klases that the hummer was last seen on Mon Jan 14th.
|Lancaster Co. Adult Male Rufous near Ephrata
BANDED 10/20/12 by Scott W.
FO ? ↔ LO 1/8/13
CBC BIRD (Lititz)
On Sat Oct 20th Scott Weidensaul reported on PABirds that he captured and banded an adult male Rufous at the Tshudy home in northeastern Lancaster Co, the same location where he and Wayne Laubscher had each banded Rufous hummers in 2009.
|Lancaster Co. Imm Male Rufous in Ephrata
BANDED 11/1/12 by Sandy L and ?
FO 10/20/12 ↔ LO 1/2/13
CBC BIRD (Lititz)
Lancaster Co. Adult Male Selasphorus in Ephrata
FO 9/29/12 ↔ LO 9/29/12
Meredith Lombard's closeup video of the Imm Male Rufous on a tube feeder on Dec 15th
Meredith Lombard's video of the Imm Male Rufous on a tube feeder on Dec 15th
Still pix from Dec 15th can be accessed in the Flickr photostream from the video links.
On Sun Oct 21st, Eric Witmer posted on PABirds that he and his wife have a Selaspohorus hummer frequenting their feeder since Sat Oct 20th. Pix taken then suggest an immature male Selasphorus.
Eric has also informed me that he had a 10-second look at an adult male Selasphorus on Sept 29th! (pers comm JEW)
On Thurs Nov 1st, Eric Witmer posted on PABirds that the HY Rufous was banded that afternoon by Sandy Lockerman and 2 friends from Alabama (Question).
Eric posted on PABirds on Thurs Dec 6th that the Rufous reappeared the afternoon of Wed Dec 5th after not having been seen since Fri. Nov 30th.
Meredith Lombard posted on PABirds on Sun Dec 16th her links to videos and still pix of the imm male RUHU on Sat Dec 15th.
Eric posted on PABirds on Wed Jan 9th that the Rufous was LOed on Wed Jan 2nd.
Lancaster Co. Immature Male Calliope in Lancaster
BANDED 12/1/12 by Sandy L.
FO 11/16/12 ↔ LO 12/11/12
Meredith Lombard's Flickr Photoset of the Lancaster CAHU on Dec 2nd which includes a Digiscoped Video
3 Photos by Hank Davis in Flickr Photostream of the Lancaster CAHU on Dec 4th
Meredith Lombard's Flickr Video of the Lancaster CAHU on Dec 4th
Meredith Lombard's Flickr Video of the Lancaster CAHU on Dec 5th
On Sat Dec 1st, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she had banded an immature male Calliope hummer at the home of Bob and Amy Weiss in Lancaster, and they have informed me that the Calliope was first seen sporadically starting on Nov 16th, and became regular on Nov 24th. This is PA's 3rd state record Calliope and 2nd of the season. (SL PABirds and pers comm BAW)
Bob Weiss posted on PABirds on Wed Dec 12th that the CAHU was last seen at 9 AM on Tues Dec 11th, and may have moved on. This was confirmed on PABirds and a private email from Bob to me.
|Lancaster Co. Adult Female Rufous in Lancaster
BANDED 12/8/12 by Scott W.
FO 12/7/12 ↔ LO 12/24-26/12
Meredith Lombard's Flickr Photoset of the Lancaster RUHU on Dec 11th which includes a Digiscoped Video
Meredith Lombard's Flickr Video of the Lancaster RUHU on Dec 11th
On Sat Dec 8th Scott Weidensaul reported on PABirds that he captured and banded an adult female Rufous at the home of Gladys Horst in Lancaster. Gladys first noticed the hummer on Fri Dec 7th, a late arrival.
Bill Clifton and Meredith Lombard both posted on PAbirds about visits to see this RUHU on Tues Dec 11th. Links to Meredith's pix and video are above.
|Lancaster Co. Imm Female Rufous near Honey Brook
BANDED 12/8/12 by Sandy L.
FO ? ↔ LO ?
On Sun Dec 9th Sandy Lockerman reported on PABirds that she banded an immature female Rufous near Honey Brook in Lancaster Co. No FO date was given.
|Lancaster Co. Female Selasphorus in Lititz
FO 10/7/12 ↔ LO 10/21/12
A female Selasphorus was IDed by photos in Lititz in October. (SW Tally)
|Lancaster Co. Female Selasphorus in Conestoga
FO ~10/10/12 ↔ LO ?
A female Selasphorus was IDed by photo in Conestoga around Oct 10th. (SW Tally)
|Lancaster Co. Female Selasphorus in Lancaster
FO ~10/10/12 ↔ LO ?
A female Selasphorus was IDed by photo in Lamcaster in October. (SW Tally)
|Lancaster Co. Adult Male Bahama Woodstar in Denver
BANDED 4/22/13 by SL
FO ? ↔ LO ?
Chris Bortz' Flickr pix of the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar
Meredith Lombard's Flickr pix and videos of the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar
This link takes you directly to an ID shot with the gorget and spreadtail with the Woodstar perched in a tree.
ABA Blog page on the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar
NemesisBird page on the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar
On Monday April 22, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she banded a possible hybrid hummer in Denver PA at the home of Delmas and Ruth Witmer. "There were some anomalies about the bird that has prevented [her] from deciding on a specific species. In particular, wing chord was too short, tail coloration was unusual, and gorget was a mixture of rose-red and purple."
The PSO posted on Wed April 24th that the ID was in and was Bahama Woodstar and Scott Weidensaul subsequently posted that Bob Mulvihill was the first to suggest Bahama Woodstar, and this ID is now the consensus of the experts, including Sheri Williamson, the author of "Hummingbirds of North America"! Scott's comments about the hummer included that the homeowners had originally thought that the hummer was an adult male Broadtail. Sandy Lockerman had told him that the bird "had some oddities - a shorter wing length than would be normal for a male broadtail, a purplish gorget, the absence of a highly modified outer primary characteristic of the species, and a long, deeply forked tail with lots of rufous". And concerning the ID: "it's a very clear match, including the tail shape and pattern, pinky-rose gorget tinted with purple, the green/rufous underparts with white collar, slightly decurved bill and small patch of rufous under the base of the wings."
Arlene Koch posted on PABirds on Wed April 24th that she arrived at 2:30 PM, but the Woodstar hadn't been seen since noon. All subsequent reports up thru 5:30 PM Thurs April 25th are negative.
The ABA Blog page on the Bahama Woodstar notes that this will be (if accepted) the first ABA record since 1981.
My own thoughts are that this Bahama Woodstar sighting may explain another mystery in PA hummers this season - the first report of late summer 2012.
On Monday, Aug 13th a sighting of an unusual hummer was made in Bucks Co. On Wed. Aug 15th, Al and Nancy Bilheimer posted on PABirds: "A few days ago we had a one-time (that we know of) visit from [a hummer] that seemed to be noticeably larger overall, and huskier. The bill was also very much longer in proportion and was very heavy - it almost looked front-heavy. It had a large, brilliant red/pink gorget that was easily seen at any angle."
This sounded like a Broad-tailed to me, and that was the initial thought about the Bahama Woodstar as well, but now that we know about the Woodstar, the Bucks Co bird might have been the Woodstar as well. Unfortunately, there were no pix taken in Bucks Co, so we'll never know for sure.
Lawrence Co. Adult Female Rufous in New Wilmington
ALREADY BANDED (H-44578) 1/27/12 by Nancy Newfield near Donaldsonville LA
FO ~10/10/12 ↔ LO 12/13/12
Scott Shalaway's Dec 16th Pgh P-G column about the banding of the Lawrence Co Rufous
On Tues Dec 11th (which just happens to be his birthday) Bob Mulvihill posted on his Facebook page that early that morning, he had recaptured an already banded adult female Rufous (H-44578) at the home of Jack and Vonda Poole in New Wilimington. This hummer was originally banded near Donaldsonville Louisiana by Nancy Newfield on Jan 27, 2012. This is Bob's second Rufous "foreign recapture" in western PA! And as Nan would say. . . WOOHOO! Bob informed me that this hummer has been in New Wilmington since the second week of October. (pers comm BM)
Vonda Poole informed me that the hummer was not seen again on the day of banding, but did return the next morning, and then was LOed on Thurs Dec 13th. (pers comm VP)
|Lehigh Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Upper Macungie|
BANDED 10/20/12 by Scott W.
FO 9/8/12 ↔ LO 11/22/12
|Lehigh Co. -- 2nd Imm Female Rufous in Upper Macungie
BANDED 11/24/12 by Sandy L.
FO 10/8/12 ↔ LO 11/28/22
Links to Alane Younger's pix of 'Bandy', the banded HY female Rufous
'Bandy' on Sept 15th -- 'Bandy' on Sept 17th -- 'Bandy' on Oct 2nd #1
'Bandy' on Oct 2nd #2 -- 'Bandy' on Oct 6th #1 -- 'Bandy' on Oct 6th #2
'Bandy' on Oct 6th #3 -- 'Bandy' on Oct 14th #1 -- 'Bandy' on Oct 14th #2 - fountain
'Bandy' on Oct 14th #3 - fountain -- 'Bandy' on Oct 20th
'Bandy' on Oct 20th - inhand for release
'Bandy' on Oct 31st -- 'Bandy' on Nov 18th
Links to Alane Younger's pix of 'Sandy', the as yet unbanded HY Selasphorus
'Sandy' on Nov 16th
On Thursday Sept. 13th, Scott Weidensaul reported on PABirds that he had observed and failed to trap an immature female Selasphorus hummingbird at an undisclosed location in Upper Macungie Twnshp, Lehigh Co. The bird had appeared earlier that week, and was feeding on a lushly planted property full of hummer flowers, and thus did not approach his trap.
On Tuesday Sept. 18th, Alane Younger posted on PABirds that it was now 10 days since she had first seen the 'Rufous' (still only Selasphorus sp. pending better ID); thus the updated FO date above. She also posted links to 2 pictures which are above.
On Tuesday Sept. 25th, Alane Younger posed on PABirds that her Selasphorus bird was still around, and that she comes in "almost close enough to touch".
Alane then subsequently posted on PABirds in the second week of October that she saw a second Selasphorus which was chasing and fighting with her regular hummer, and she could differentiate the two by behavior, because the second hummer was skittish and evasive.
In a conversation with Alane on Oct 10th I was informed that the second Selasphorus is possibly still around. (pers comm ALY)
On Sat Oct 20th, Scott Weidensaul finally captured and banded this hummer and confirmed the ID as an immature female Rufous. (SW PABirds)
On Wed Oct 24th, Alane reported on PABirds that 'Bandy' (the banded imm fem RUHU) had returned after a brief hiatus and was interacting with the second hummer which definitely has different markings. Pix of the second hummer are now in, and my impression is of an immature male Selasphorus due to extensive gorget stippling.
Alane posted on PABirds that she had dubbed the second Selasphorus 'Sandy' in honor of the upcoming storm.
Alane posted on PABirds on Sat Nov 24th that Sandy Lockerman banded "Sandy" and confirmed the ID as immature female Rufous. And Alane once again speculated that she might possibly have a third Selsaphorus, but after Sandy was caught 3 times, the process was stopped.
Alane posted on Facebook - Winter Hummingbirds group that "Sandy" was last seen the day after the snow, Nov 28th.
|Lehigh Co. Imm Male Selasphorus in Emmaus
FO ~10/15/12 ↔ LO ~11/10/12
On Tues Oct 23rd, I received two beautiful pix of an obvious immature male Selasphorus in Emmaus, PA. My initial reaction (before seeing the pix) when learning of another sighting near Allentown was that this was probably the same bird hosted by Alane Yougner in Upper Macungie. But the pix say otherwise. RainbowCats18 said that this hummer was first seen in mid-October and was seen again on Tues Oct 23rd. And this guy is obviously enjoying his pollinator job because he has a real painting of yellow pollen on his forehead! (pers comm RC18-K)
There is speculation that this might be the same bird reported earlier on Morris St in Allentown due to the proximity of the two locations.
|Lehigh Co. -- Imm Female Selasphorus in Allentown
FO 9/24/12 ↔ LO 10/early/12
Scott Weidensaul has informed me that a Hatch-Year male Selasphorus is present on Morris St. in Allentown. (pers. comm. SW)
In a subsequent PABirds post, Scott stated that this bird had been photographed as well, but when he visited, he did not see the bird.
The ID on this hummer has been changed to HY female. (SW Tally)
|Lehigh Co. -- Selasphorus in Coopersburg
FO 9/?/12 ↔ LO 12/7/12
Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds on Sun Dec 9th that after banding a hummer in Honey Brook - Lancaster Co, she attemtped to catch a hummer in Coopersburg - Lehigh Co, but the hummer was a no-show. Sandy Lockerman has assured me that this is not the same hummer as listed in Emmaus which is closeby, and that the FO date was sometime in September, but it's not known precisely. (pers comms SL)
|Lehigh Co. -- 2 Selasphorus in Upper Macungie Twnshp
1 NOT BANDED, 1 ALREADY BANDED (photo)
FO ? ↔ LO
Scott Weidensaul attempted to trap a female Selasphorus at a location 1 mile north of Alane Younger's on Dec 14th, but the hummer would not enter the trap. (SW Tally)
|Lehigh Co. -- Selasphorus in Zionsville
FO 10/19/12 ↔ LO ~10/27/12
A Selasphorus was reported in October at the home of a previous Rufous host in Zionsville. There were no photos. (SW Tally)
|Lehigh Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Allentown
BANDED 01/12/13 by Sandy L.
FO 10/?/12 ↔ LO ?
Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Tues Jan 8th that he had just been informed of a female Selasphorus in Allentown by way of Project Feederwatch thru Bill Hilton in South Carolina. This hummer has been present since early October.
Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds on Sun Jan 13th that she banded an adult female Rufous in the southern part of Allentown on Sat Jan 12th (date inferred from post). This hummer was newly reported although it had been onsite since October.
|Luzerne Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Mountaintop
BANDED 10/10/12 by Ember J
FO 10/7/12 ↔ LO 10/17/12 - tentative
Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Friday Oct 12th that Ember Jandebeur had banded an adult female Rufous at the home of Bernice Ziniewicz on Wed Oct 10th. I have since been informed by Bernice that the hummer was FO'd on Sunday Oct 7th. (pers comm BZ)
Bernice has informed me that she has nicknamed her Rufous "Poca" - short for Pocahontas because the tail reminds her of a headdress! (pers comm BZ)
|Luzerne Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Shavertown
BANDED 10/20/12 by Ember J
FO ? ↔ LO ?
Ember Jandebeur banded an adult female Rufous in Shavertown on Oct 20th. No other details are available. (SW Tally)
|Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Pennsdale
BANDED 12/29/12 by Wayne L.
FO 9/15/12 ↔ LO ?
Steve Pinkerton's Dec 29th Pix of Pennsdale PA Rufous at Karen Hall's
Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds on Saturday Dec 29nd that he had banded an adult female Rufous in Pennsdale on that very day in a full-on-snowstorm. The hummer has been on-site since mid-Sept. The hummer was described as "of exceptionally good weight and quite healthy".
Wayne also gave "thanks and credit goes to Wilkes- Barre's WNEP TV's Pennsylvania Outdoor Life program for this one. POL ran a story the previous Sunday about another Rufous Hummer banded several weeks earlier in Luzerne County. The story alerted the homeowner as to the nature of her late lingering bird and to contact Lycoming Audubon".
Steve Pinkerton posted pix in the Winter Hummingbirds group on Facebook of a Selasphorus at the home of Karen Hall in "Muncy" on Sat Dec 29th. However, I have been informed that this was a GPS error and this is the Pennsdale Rufous. (pers comm WL)
|Lycoming Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Muncy
BANDED 10/14/12 by Wayne L.
FO 10/9/12 ↔ LO 10/15/12
Muncy Rufous by Nate Fronk Pic #1
Muncy Rufous by Nate Fronk Pic #2
Muncy Rufous by Nate Fronk Pic #3
Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds on Sunday Oct 14th that he had banded an immature female Rufous at the home of Robert and Teri Tule that afternoon. "The bird had been coming to the feeder & flowers there for about 2 weeks." Nate Fronk had earlier posted that he had some pix of this hummer that afternoon on thermalbirding.com
Wayne informed me in early November that this RUHU was LOed on Oct 15th. (pers comm WL)
| Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Cogan Station
BANDED 12/21/12 by Wayne L.
FO 12/20/12 ↔ LO 12/28/12
Lycoming Co. -- Unidentified Selasphorus in Cogan Station
FO ? ↔ LO ?
Cogan Station Rufous on Facebook Winter Hummers
Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds on Saturday Dec 22nd that he had banded an adult female Rufous of "good weight" at the home of Bernard and Diane Dincher in Cogan Station on Fri Dec 21st. The hummer was first seen on Thurs Dec 20th.
Wayne has informed me that the banded Rufous was last seen on Dec 28th and that additionally there was a second unidentified Selasphorus at this location. (pers comm WL)
|McKean Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Bradford
BANDED 1/2/13 by Wayne L.
FO ~11/23/12 ↔ LO ?
On Wed Jan 2nd 2013, John Fedak posted several times on PABirds about newly reported hummingbirtds in Bradford. He posted pix (which he claims are bad) of a female Selasphorus to the PSO, PA Birders, and Allegheny Highlands Facebook pages. There is also a reported adult male, which he did not see or photograph, at the same location. In a subsequent communication, John informed me that the FO date is a little fuzzy, but is probably around Thanksgiving. (pers comm JF)
On Wed Jan 2nd 2013, Wayne Laubscher posted on PAbirds that he banded an adult female Rufous in Bradford at the location reported by John Fedak earlier. "It was of average weight and was very healthy and quite active." Wayne believes this is a first confirmed McKean CO record. The second possible Selasphorus may be illusionary because Wayne was shown a picture of a RTHU taken earlier.
|Monroe Co. -- Selasphorus in Shawnee
FO ~9/15/12 ↔ LO 9/22/12
On Sunday Sept. 23th, Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds that a Selasphorus hummer made a "brief appearance" in Shawnee during the previous week, but was not seen on Sun 9/23.
|Monroe Co. -- Selasphorus in Tannersville
FO 10/24/12 ↔ LO ?
There were 2 hummers reported in Tannersville, and one was confimed as a Selasphorus by DS on Nov 8th. (SW Tally)
|Montgomery Co. -- ImmFemale Rufous in Elkins Park
BANDED 11/21/12 by Scott W.
FO 10/10/12 ↔ LO ?
Hear Paul Driver's recording of his Selasphorus' vocalizations (mp3 file)
Paul Driver posted on PABirds on Thursday Oct 12th that he has had a Selapshorus for a couple of days. Paul also had a Selasphorus in 2005.
However, first pix of this bird show did not positively ID the hummer as a Selasphorus. Paul has noted that the hummer has a few red gorget feathers. (pers comm PD)
Paul "worked hard" in his own words on Sat Oct 13th and got a beautiful tail shot that does confirm the hummer as a Selasphorus, a female Selasphorus, probably Rufous. See that tail shot below! (pers comm PD)
Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds that he banded an immature female Rufous at the Driver home on Wed Nov 21st.
Paul Driver posted on PABirds that his Rufous continues thru Fri Feb 1st.
|Montgomery Co. Adult Female Rufous in Meadowbrook section of Abington Twnshp
BANDED 12/21/12 by Scott W.
FO 10/16/12 ↔ LO ?
Photos of Filemyrs' Rufous on Oct 16th thru 19th
Photos of Filemyrs' Rufous Banding on Dec 21st
Photos of Filemyrs' Rufous Tail and Wing Molt thru April 12th
On Wednesday Oct 17th, Bert Filemyr posted on PABirds that there was a Selasphorus hummer at his residence for the past couple of days. Picture link is above. The pix show what appears to be an immature male Selasphorus.
Bert Filemyr posted on PABirds on Sat Dec 15th that the Selasphorus continues at his home and will be included on Wyncote CBC.
Bert Filemyr posted on PABirds on Fri Dec 21st that Scott Weidensaul came and banded the hummer and it was identified as an adult female Rufous. Banding pix are at the link above.
Bert posted on PABirds that his Rufous continues thru Sat March 16th, marking a 5-month stay for this Rufous.
Bert posted on PABirds on April 11th that the Rufous had not been seen since early morning of Monday April 8th. However, he posted again on Saturday April 13th, that the Rufous had returned on Friday April 12th.
|Montgomery Co. Imm Male Rufous in Pennsburg
BANDED 11/10/12 by Wayne L
FO 10/30/12 ↔ LO 11/13/12
Howard Eskins's Photo Study of the Pennsburg Selasporus Nov 6 and 7 2012
Howard Eskins's Photo Study of the banding of the Pennsburg Rufous Nov 10 2012
On Wed Nov 7th, Howard Eskin posted on PABirds that Gary Freed first spotted a Selasphorus hummer on Tues Oct 28th during Superstorm Sandy. The bird continues through Nov 7th and Howard has photogarphed the bird on Nov 6 and 7. A banding attempt is pending. Photos clearly ID the bird as a HY male.
On Sat Nov 10th, both Howard Eskin and Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds about the banding of this HY male Rufous.
Wayne has informed me that Gary Freed told him that the HY male Rufous was last seen on Nov 13th. (pers comm WL)
|Montgomery Co. Adult Female Rufous in Douglass Twnshp - Gilbertsville
BANDED 11/10/12 by Wayne L
FO 11/6/12 ↔ LO ?
Montgomery Co. Unconfirmed Calliope in Douglass Twnshp - Gilbertsville
FO ~10/30/12 ↔ LO ~11/5/12
Howard Eskins's Photo Study of the banding of the Gilbertsville Rufous Nov 10 2012
On Sat Nov 10th, both Howard Eskin and Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds about the banding of this adult female Rufous at the home of Mary Ache.
Thanks to Howard Eskin for the FO date for Mary's Rufous of Nov 6th, and the report that she hosted an unconfirmed Calliope the week prior to FO of the Rufous. (pers comm HBE) An updated description of the unconfirmed Calliope from Mary Ache is as follows: "just a sort of striped pattern on her throat, no red; buffy belly; noticeable shorter tail and beak but long wings in proportion to its body as compared to other hummers; and how tiny it was." (pers comm AM)
Montgomery Co. Imm Male Allen's in Lansdale
BANDED 11/30/12 by Scott W.
FO 10/7/12 ↔ LO 12/3/12
Howard Eskin's Photos of the Lansdale Allen's on Sat Dec 1st
Video of the Banding of the Lansdale Allen's on Fri Nov 30th - Audubon at Home
On Fri Nov 30th Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds that he banded another immature male Allen's hummer at the home of Cathy and Alvin Lavoie in Lansdale. And Cathy Lavoie has informed me that this hummer was first seen on Oct 7th. (pers comm CL)
In the Audubon video of the banding of this ALHU, the bird's weight at banding was 4.43 g.!
On Wed Dec 5th, Cathy Lavoie informed me that the Allen's was last seen about 9 AM by a visitor on Mon Dec 3rd. (pers comm CL)
|Montgomery Co. Imm Male Rufous in Pottstown / Gilbertsville
BANDED 11/24/12 by Sandy L.
FO ? ↔ LO ?
On Sun Dec 16th, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she had that day banded a Rufous in Chester Co near Pottstown which was 3 mi SW of another Rufous she had banded on Nov 11th in that area on the other side of the Schuylkill River. But this Rufous was actually banded near Gilbertsville close to Pottstown on Nov 24th. This same hummer was also reported at a second location .2 mile distant. The second location also reported a second "smaller and browner" hummer which feeds only in the morning. (SW Tally) The banded Rufous is still being seen at both locations as of late January 2013.
|Montgomery Co. Imm Male Selasphorus in Ardmore
FO 10/18/12 ↔ LO 1/18/13
An immature male Selasphorus spent 3 months in Ardmore where the humhost would not permit banding. The hummer left in mid-January. (SW Tally)
|Montgomery Co. Female Selasphorus in Hatfield
FO 10/late/12 ↔ LO ~11/21/12
A female Selasphorus, only reported after departure from Hatfield, was IDed by photos and video. (SW Tally)
|Montgomery Co. Female Selasphorus in Horsham
FO 11/7/12 ↔ LO ?
A female Selasphorus in Horsham was IDed by photos. (SW Tally)
|Montgomery Co.Adult Female Rufous in Harleysville
BANDED 3/1/13 by Scott W
FO 10/late/12 ↔ LO ???
Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Fri Feb 22nd that he spoke with a woman who thinks she has beeen hosting a female Rufous since late October. At the moment, she is declining a banding attempt, but that may change. ID for now is probable Selasphorus. Scott has also informed me that he has received one poor photo of the hummer. (pers comm SW)
Scott posted again on PABirds on Fri March 1st that he banded an adult female Rufous at this location.
|Northampton Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Walnutport
ALREADY BANDED - RETURN HUMMER
FO ~9/13/12 ↔ LO 1/25/13
On Sunday Sept. 23th, Dave Wagner informed me by text message that a banded female "Rufous" hummer has been present at his home for 1½ weeks. He thinks it's the same bird which spent 4+ months there last season (Oct → Feb). Scott Weidensaul has informed me that no attempt to recapture this bird has been made as of yet, but recapture for ID confirmation is pending. (DW and SW pers comms.)
Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Sat Oct 20th that he once again saw but could not recapture this hummer, but once again confirmed her ID because the hummer was already banded and has the same broken maxillary tip as last year.
Dave Wagner has informed me that the Rufous continues thru Wed Jan 23th when pix were made, and the Rufous was last seen about 6 Pm on Fri Jan 25th. (pers comms DW)
|Northampton Co. -- Selasphorus near Jacobsburg State Park in Nazareth
FO 10/?/12 ↔ LO 11/10/12
|Northampton Co. -- Adult Male Selasphorus near Jacobsburg State Park
FO 10/?/12 ↔ LO ?
Rick Wiltraut posted on PABirds during the week of Oct 7th that a former AA at Jacobsburg State Park has a Selasphorus at her place about a mile from the park.
Rick posted again on PABirds on Thursday Oct 18th that there was a second Selasphorus hummer at the same location, this time a "colorful adult male". "Unfortunately [he] never got good photos of the male which had an interesting gorget, well developed on one side and not the other." (PABirds RW 11/14/12)
|Northampton Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Riegelsville
BANDED 11/28/12 by Scott W.
FO ? ↔ LO 11/29/12
|Northampton Co. -- 2nd Probable Selasphorus in southern Northampton Co
FO ? ↔ LO ~11/25/12
Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Wed Nov 28th:
"Earlier today I rescued a "rescued" hummingbird in extreme southern Northampton County - an adult female rufous hummer, which had been lured into a heated barn loft yesterday by a well-meaning homeowner concerned it would die in the snow. By today the woman realized she'd made a mistake, tracked me down via Arlene Koch's website, and within three hours I had the hummer banded and released, none the worse for wear. (She'd hung feeders for the hummingbird inside, so it had plenty to eat.)"
"Interestingly, the homeowner told me that until a few days ago she'd had a second hummingbird coming to her feeders - just two more of the continuing flood of western hummers we've been seeing this fall."
|Northampton Co. -- Selasphorus near Walnutport
FO ? ↔ LO ?
On Oct 16th, Rick Wiltraut reported a Selasphorus at a location near Walnutport where Selasphorus have been reported in previous years. No other details are available.
|Perry Co. -- Imm Male Selasphorus in Marysville
FO 9/12/12 ↔ LO 9/13/12
Perry Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Marysville
BANDED 11/16/12 by Sandy L.
FO 10/8/12 ↔ LO ?
Scott Weidensaul has informed me that he has received a belated report of a 2-day visit by a male Selasphorus hummer in Marysville, Perry Co., in mid-September. The chest and throat of this bird were not seen. (SW pers. comm.) And in October, I was informed by Daniel Bogar that this bird was at his feeder; it had "an orange tail with a dark terminal band and a green back and head". (pers comm DB)
Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Friday Oct 12th that Sandy Lockerman missed an attempted capture of an adult male Rufous in Perry Co early during the week of Oct 7th. And in late October, Daniel Bogar informed me that this capture attempt was at his feeder. (pers comm DB)
On Mon Oct 22nd Daniel Bogar reported on PABirds that an adult male Rufous was present at his feeder the previous weekend. The hummer was first observed on Mon Oct 8th, but was not consistently present, and remains elusive, possibly due to feeders at a neighbor's place, and this is undoubtedly the same bird which Sandy Lockerman missed on Oct 8th.
Sandy Lockerman did catch and band the adult male Rufous in Marysville on Fri Nov 16th.
|Somserset Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Berlin
BANDED L-04495 12/19/12 by Bob M.
FO 10/~15/12 ↔ LO ?
On Wed Dec 19th, Bob Mulvihill posted on PABirds that he banded an adult female Rufous at the home of Jack and Gibby Vogel in Berlin where it has been resident since mid-October. (also pers comm BM)
|Somserset Co. -- Selasphorus in Somerset
FO 11/17/12 ↔ LO 11/17/12
On Nov 17th Mike Lanzone got a picture of a Selasphorus which stayed only for a few hours.
|Susquehanna/Wyoming Cos. -- Selasphorus in Lymanville
FO ? ↔ LO ?
On Oct 31st, a hummer was reported in a yard in Lymanville which is bisected by the Susquehanna/Wyoming Co border. ID from a photo was female Selasphorus.
|York Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Hanover
BANDED 11/10/12 by Sandy L
FO 10/25/12 ↔ LO 11/29/12
On Sat Nov 10th, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she banded a HY female Rufous in Hanover about 2000 ft from the location of a Rufous she banded in Hanover in Dec 2011.
Many thanks to Deb Kline for providing the FO and LO dates and a picture for this Rufous. (pers comm DK)
|York Co. -- Rufous in East York
BANDED 11/17/12 by Sandy L
FO ? ↔ LO 12/16/12
On Wed Jan 9th, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she had banded a Rufous in East York on Nov 17th which was LOed in mid-November. This had been updated to LOed Dec 16th.
|York Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in East York
BANDED 1/8/13 by Sandy L
FO ~11/1/12 ↔ LO 1/8/13
On Wed Jan 9th, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she had banded an adult female Rufous in East York on Tues Jan 8th, which was surprisngly not the same hummer banded in the same neighborhood on Nov 17th. The bird was said to have first appeared right after Hurricane Sandy.
|York Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Felton
BANDED 1/13/13 by Sandy L
FO 10/?/12 ↔ LO ?
On Sun Jan 13th, Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds that she had banded an adult female Rufous in Felton, SE of York, that same day. The bird was newly reported and said to have been onsite since October. This is now the fifth Rufous banded this January in PA!
Additionally, I learned from the video piece by Jack Hubley on WGAL-TV in Lancaster, that this hummer is at the home of Ron Flinchbaugh.
|Delaware Special Winter Hummers
|New Castle Co. Imm Male Anna's in Newark
BANDED 11/15/12 by Bruce Peterjohn and Dave Holmes
FO 10/27/12 ↔ LO 4/7/13
ABA Info and Video Page on the Newark DE Annas on Nov 14th with text by Nate Swick and Video by Kyle Horton.
Thermal Birding Info and Video Page on the Newark DE Annas with ID quotes by Sheri Williamson.
Photo Page on the Newark DE Annas by Hank Davis on 11/8/12
Photo Page on the Newark DE Annas by Hank Davis on 11/15/12
Banding Photos of the Newark DE Annas by Denise Bittle on 11/15/12
Hank Davis Photo of the Newark DE Annas on 1/3/13
This is Delaware's first state record Anna's and is visiting the home of Diane and Steve Freebery in Newark! This hummer was banded on Nov 15th and IDed as a HY female Anna's, according to a comment posted by Tim Schreckengost of Thermal Birding on the ABA Blog page. This was also posted by Diane Freebery on the Delaware Birding Listserv. The Anna's weighed in at 3.75 grams.
ID notes by Sheri L. Williamson, author of "Hummingbirds of North America", posted on DE Birds by Michael Moore and by Tim Schrekengost on Thermal Birding. . . "You've got yourself a state record! Its molt is running well behind most of the juvenile Anna's we see, but that could indicate a more northerly point of origin. There seems to be too much white in the outer rectrices for a juvenile male, but the gorget pattern suggests that it's going to be very colorful if it's a female."
Diane Freebery posted on DEBirds on Wed Nov 21st that the Anna's continues at her home, and she updated and corrected the FO date to Sat Oct 27th.
Hank Davis photographed the Anna's on Jan 3rd 2013.
Diane Freebery posted on DEBirds on Thur Jan 24th that the Anna's continues at her home, after surviving the cold snap.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE: From an email by Diane Freebery on March 27th. . . "It is really with delight that I am able to report that after some great photos yesterday by Hank Davis, and some back and forth emailing with Bruce Peterjohn (who banded our Anna's in November, 2012), we are changing things up a bit... and reporting that Ms. Anna Hummer is really MR. Anna Hummer."
"This past Monday when I looked at "her" with my binoculars, I noticed some very definite feather changes in her (his) gorget that really looked looked suspicious for a female."
"Steve took some pictures on Monday, and then Hank Davis came on Tuesday and took some additional, more telling pictures, including being able to see that this was a banded bird... so it is the same individual."
"Today Bruce has confirmed that this bird is a male!!!!!!!!! Bruce said that the timing of this molt is truly exceptional. He went on further to say that according to published sources, the young males begin their molt during fall (Sept.-Nov.) and should be completed by February. His molt schedule is delayed by at least 4 months."
HOLD THE PHONE!!!!: As of early April there is a debate, but Sheri Williamson is now identifying this hummer as an Anna's x Calliope hybird. There are lots of new photos showing massive gorget development and crown development which indicates that this hummer is definitely an immature male. But based on overall tail shape and rectrix shape, primary shapes, and a white smudge on R5s, Sheri says it's a hybird. Bruce Peterjohn is not convinced. There is a mention on Winter Hummingbirds on Facebook that the Batchelders say that the gorget shape is not right for pure Anna's either.See the discussion on Nemesis Bird by Alex Lamoreaux. There are links there to pix by Hank Davis, Tom Johnson, and Howard Eskin. However, Bruce Peterjohn sent a long email dated April 4th which was posted to Delaware Birds by Anthony Gonzon stating his position and reasoning that the hummer is only an immature male Anna's.
Howard Eskin's pix of the DE ANHU on April 1st
Hank Davis' pix of the DE ANHU on April 3rd
Diane Freebery posted on DEBirds on Wed April 10th that the Anna's was last seen at 12:50 PM on Sun April 7th by Howard Eskin.
|New Castle Co. Imm Calliope in Wilmington
FO 11/5/12 ↔ LO ?11/11/12
ABA Info and Picture Page on the Wilmington DE Calliope on Nov 15th with text by Nate Swick and photo by Hank Davis
Photo Page on the Wilmington DE Calliope by Harold Davis on 11/9/12
Photo Page on the Wilmington DE Calliope by Harold Davis on 11/11/12
This is Delaware's first state record Calliope! And by photos, it's clear that this is not the same Calliope that was not far away in Devon, PA!
According to the Nature of Delaware Blog describing Hank Davis' 4-hummer day in early January, the Calliope continues sporadically through Jan 3rd.
|Maryland Special Winter Hummers
|Talbot Co. Calliope in Tilghman
FO 11/15/12 ↔ LO ?
Maryland Biodiversity Calliope Page with 2 pix of the Tilghman MD Calliope by Bill Hubick on 11/17/12
There is a report on Maryland and DC Birds that there is a Calliope at the home of Vince and Francine deSanctis in Tilghman MD. The hummer was studied by Jim Stasz and a colleague on Fri Nov 16th and was IDed as a CAHU by them.
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