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Ruthie, the F RUHU in Delmont PA during the winters of 97-98 and 98-99
'Ruthie'
the Delmont Rufous who started the big craze!
Seen above during her banding recap 12/23/98


There are not many things in life you can be sure of --
except rain comes from the clouds
sun lights up the sky
and HUMMINGBIRDS do fly!!!
(Lyrics from Everything Must Change)


'Ruthie', a hatching-year female Rufous hummer, first arrived in Delmont, Westmoreland County, during October of 1997 and stayed in the same backyard until late March or early April 1998. She was banded by a Hummer/Bird Study Group crew in early December of 1997. She returned to the same backyard in October of 1998 (when I saw her myself on 10/15&16/98) and stayed until her death due to extreme cold weather in early January 1999. See the climate data for January 5&6, 1999 from Pittsburgh NWS. She was found and recovered by Powdermill Nature Reserve bander Bob Mulvihill, whose band she was wearing, and is now a specimen at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.

Until November 2007, 'Ruthie' was the only documented RETURN "winter" hummer in PA. In November 2007, the female Rufous who became the first "foreign recaptured" Selasphorus in Pennsylvania also became the second documented RETURN Rufous! (see 2007-2008 page)

And until March 2011, 'Ruthie' was the only "winter" hummer in PA known to have stayed into March. In March 2011, PA's first Anna's hummer, a female who overwintered in Berks Co. stayed until about March 16th. (see 2010-2011 page)

'Ruthie' was not the first documented Rufous hummer in PA, however. The first documented Rufous goes all the way back to 1975, a male Rufous in Chester Co. who eventually wound up in the Philadelphia Zoo! More than half a dozen other male Rufous have been documented prior to 1997 including one in Gibsonia, Allegheny Co., which was photographed on Nov. 10, 1991 by Jerry McWilliams -- one of the authors of the definitive work "The Birds of Pennsylvania" (by Gerald M. McWilliams and Daniel W. Brauning --Cornell University Press 2000), where under the Rufous Hummingbird species account on pages 247-8 you will find details on the others, as well as the county locations of many reports of Selasphorus spp. hummers which could not be conclusively IDed. Jerry's photo of the Gibsonia RUHU appears on page 248 of the book.

There were 2 other Rufous in PA that I know of in the fall of 1998, one visiting the Keim Orchard in the Boyertown - Berks Co. area from 9/15 to 12/31/98, and one reported in the Oakland/Shadyside neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County from 11/14/98 to 12/13/98.

Also see Scott Shalaway's Sunday Post-Gazette column of 12/11/05! This essay is also available on WindStar Wildlife Garden Weekly e-Magazine.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE YEAR DESIRED
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Selasphorus rufus



RUFOUS HUMMER ID INFO
As can be seen from the Selasphorus Rufus ID chart above, there should be no problem identifying male Rufous Hummingbirds. Both adult and young immature male Rufous hummers have tail feathers with NO green whatsoever. Older immature male Rufous can have rufous R1s (see photo below). The real problem in Rufous ID is with females. Both adult and immature females have green central rectrices (tail feathers) named the R1 feathers which when the tail is folded up cover the R2 - R5 feathers and make the tail appear green.


BucksCo AdFem RUHU with folded tail on feeder The picture to the left of a Bucks Co. Immature Female Rufous Hummer,
which was IDed by a spread tail image on video,demonstrates how the folded tail appears green.
But note how some rufous shows through on the rump of the hummer.

AdFem RUHU with spread tail on feeder The picture to the left of an Adult Female Rufous on a feeder shows
how the spread tail shows the rufous coloration on rectrices 2 through 5.
This is the view necessary to make a positive ID on a female Rufous Hummer.

AdFem RUHU with spread tail perched on a branch
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Here is another picture of an Adult Female Rufous with a spread tail perched on a branch.

AdFem RUHU with spread tail hovering near flowers
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Here is another picture of an Adult Female Rufous with a spread tail hovering near flowers.

AdFem RUHU with spread tail on feeder in Tabiona, Utah
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Here is a picture of an Adult Female Rufous with a spread tail on a feeder in Tabiona, Utah. (8/20/06)
Notice the dark R1s on the tail!
Picture by and courtesy of Marlene Foard.

ImmMale RUHU with spread tail on feeder in Tabiona, Utah
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Here is a picture of an Immature Male Rufous with a spread tail on a feeder in Tabiona, Utah. (8/28/06)
Notice the rufous-colored R1s on the tail!!!
Picture by and courtesy of Marlene Foard.


Here are 2 pictures of an Immature Male Rufous with a closed tail in a backyard in South Dakota. (8/31/06)
Photography by Doug Backlund
Also see Donna Dittman's R/A Hummer tail feather illustrations (Selasphorus Figure 3) in LOS Bird which is referenced in the genus Selasphorus identification article in LOS News No. 189 Feb.2000 pg 4.
Also see the Rufous ID page from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Also see the VIREO ID slide show from Academy of Natural Sciences
And DON'T MISS Powdermill's Rufous ID Comparison Page!!!

Table of Contents
PRE-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004
2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013

Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
PRE-2000
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped

Philadelphia Co. -- Unidentified Rufousoid in Philadelphia
(not banded) -- FO 11/10/59 ↔ LO ?/?/59

Chester Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Devon
(not banded) -- FO 11/16/75 ↔ ??


This adult male Rufous was eventually trapped and placed in the Philadelphia Zoo for 'overwintering'!

Allegheny Co. -- Unidentified Hummer at Unknown Location
(not banded) -- FO 12/2/82 ↔ LO 12/2/82


There is a report originally in the Audubon Society of Western PA Bulletin with "nothing more than a 'hummingbird' was reported [by an unknown observer] on that date, with no indication of the genus, much less the species" (Geoff Malosh on PABIRDS). Somehow this report morphed into a RTHU in American Birds (37:302), and subsequently The Birds of Pennsylvania by Williams and Brauning, but it's highly unlikely that this bird was a Ruby-throat!

Chester Co. -- Unidentified Rufousoid in Landenberg
(not banded) -- FO 8/25/90 ↔ LO ?/?/90

Westmoreland Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in Ligonier
BANDED by Bob M. and Bob L. 11/15/90 -- FO 10/17/90 ↔ LO 11/21/90


This immature male Rufous was visiting the adjacent homes of Don and Nancy Ferry and Pete and Ann Poichiol 1 mile north of Ligonier. It was trapped and banded by banders from Powdermill Nature Reserve. The right R5 which was plucked and photos taken of this bird during processing are in the collection of CMNH Pittsburgh.

Westmoreland Co. -- Imm female Rufous in Latrobe
(not banded) -- FO 10/?/91 ↔ LO 4/14/92


This hummer was trapped and was overwintered by a rehabber!

Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Gibsonia
(not banded) -- FO 11/10/91 ↔ LO ?/?/91


This adult male Rufous was found at a home near the Rt. 8/Rt. 910 intersection. It was photographed multiple times. One photo by Jerry McWilliams is on page 248 in his book Birds of Pennsylvania. A photo by James Dunn is on page 3 of Vol 17 No 1 of Pennsylvania Birds.

Erie Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Edinboro
(not banded) -- FO 9/27/92 ↔ LO 1/24/93


This adult male Rufous was found at a home in Edinboro. It was eventually lured into an enclosed basement entryway of the home for shelter during the winter. The bird escaped confinement in January and was not seen again. A photograph of this hummer by Jean Stull is on page 3 of Vol 17 No 1 of Pennsylvania Birds.

Monroe Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Cherry Valley
(not banded) -- FO 8/7/94 ↔ LO 8/9/94


This adult male Rufous in Cherry Valley was photographed.

Bucks Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Perkasie
(not banded) -- FO 8/7/94 ↔ LO 8/9/94


This adult male Rufous in Perkasie was observed by many. A photograph of this bird by Ken Kitson is on page 4 of Vol 17 No 1 of Pennsylvania Birds.

Chester Co. -- Unidentified Rufousoid in Avondale
(not banded) -- FO 10/15/94 ↔ LO ?/?/94

Lehigh Co. -- Probable Imm/Female Rufousoid in Allentown
(not banded) -- FO 8/14/95 ↔ LO 8/15/95


A photograph of this hummer by John Boyce is on page 2 of Vol 17 No 1 of Pennsylvania Birds.

Lehigh Co. -- Unidentified (not adult male) Rufousoid in Germanville
(not banded) -- FO 8/14/94 ↔ LO 12/31/94


This non-adult male Rufousoid in Germanville stayed for 4 months! A photograph of this hummer by Rick Wiltraut is on page 2 of Vol 17 No 1 of Pennsylvania Birds.

Chester Co. -- Unidentified Rufousoid in Landenberg
(not banded) -- FO 8/14/94 ↔ LO ?/?/94

Huntingdon Co. -- TWO unidentified Rufousoids in Blairs Mills
(not banded) -- FO 9/7/96 ↔ LO ?/?/96


Information on whether or not both birds were at the exact same location is not available.

Adams Co. -- Unidentified Rufousoid in Orrtanna
(not banded) -- FO 9/15/96 ↔ LO ?/?/96


A photograph of this hummer by Art Kennell is on page 3 of Vol 17 No 1 of Pennsylvania Birds.

Lehigh Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Trexlertown
(not banded) -- FO 9/28/96 ↔ LO 1/12/97

Somerset Co. -- Unidentified Rufousoid in Berlin
(not banded) -- FO 10/4/96 ↔ LO ?/?/96

Allegheny Co. -- Unidentified Rufousoid in Upper St. Clair
(not banded) -- FO 10/12/96 ↔ LO 10/15/96

Lehigh Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Trexlertown
(not banded) -- FO 9/28/96 ↔ LO 1/12/97

Westmoreland Co. -- Immature Female Rufous in Delmont
BANDED -- FO 10/11/97 ↔ LO ~4/11/98
Returned 9/?/98 ↔ Recaptured 12/23/98 ↔ Expired 1/6/99


This immature female Rufous appeared in the yard and deck garden of Joanne M. in Delmont in October of 1997. She was captured and banded by Donna and Duane Berger of Hummer/Bird Study Group and Bob Mulvihill of Powdermill Nature Reserve in early December 1997. She remained on site until the end of March or early April 1998 (the exact date is not known because the homeowner was not there). She returned to the same site for sporadic visits in September of 1998 and for residency in October of 1998. I personally saw this hummer on 10/15 & 16/98. She was recaptured and checked on 12/13/98 by HBSG banders. She did not survive the extreme cold of early January 1999 and was found expired by Bob Mulvihill of Powdermill and is now a specimen in the hummingbird collection at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. PHOTO of Delmont Hummer in hand 12/23/98.

York Co. -- Unidentified Rufousoid in Red Lion
(not banded) -- FO 11/10/97 ↔ LO 11/22/97

Berks Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Boyertown
(not banded) -- FO 9/15/98 ↔ LO 12/31/98


This adult male Rufous was present at the Keim Orchard near Boyertown for 3 months. A photograph of this hummer by Rick Wiltraut is on page 2 of Vol 17 No 1 of Pennsylvania Birds.

Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Pittsburgh
(not banded) -- FO 11/14/98 ↔ LO 12/13/98


This Adult Male Rufous hummer stayed for one month at the home of Jeff Cepull in the Oakland/Squirrel Hill section of the city of Pittsburgh. The positive ID of adult male Rufous was provided by Dr. Tony Bledsoe who saw the bird in '98 and described a bird with absolutely no green on the back. (pers. comm. TB 11/30/05)

Wyoming Co. -- Unidentified Hummingbird outside Wilkes-Barre
(not banded) -- OBS 12/16/99


An unidentified hummer was seen flying by the Susquehanna River about 2 miles upriver from the Reid home according to an account on pg 255 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 15 No 4.

Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2000-2001
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped

Carbon Co. -- Possible Black-chinned in Beltsville State Park
(not banded) -- OBS 5/7/00


A possible Black-chin was observed by Dave Hawk and another experienced birder in Beltsville SP. DH had previous experience with observing BCHUs in the western US, and he and his friend were both positive they saw purple/violet at the base of the hummer's gorget. A camera was retrieved and pix were taken, but they could not be sure they were photographing the same hummer. (PA Birds Vol 14 No 2 pg 116-7)

Tioga Co. -- Possible Adult Male Allen's in Jobs Corner
(not banded) -- FO 6/9/00 ↔ LO 6/12/00


A Selasphorus hummer was observed for 3 days in northern Tioga Co. which performed the display flight of an Allen's Hummingbird. (PA Birds Vol 14 No 3) The record was not accepted by the PORC (PA Birds Vol 15 No 3) because they felt that other Selasphorus species could not be ruled out.

McKean Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Bradford
(not banded) -- FO 6/23/00 ↔ LO 6/23/00

Tioga Co. -- Possible Black-chinned in Jobs Corner
(not banded) -- OBS 8/13/00


A possible Black-chin was videotaped by Larry Brown in Jobs Corner near the NY border (PA Birds Vol 14 No 3.)

Schuylkill Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Minersville
(not banded) -- FO 9/25/00 ↔ PH 9/26/00 ↔ LO 9/28/00


The photo below is also on the front cover of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 14 No 3.
Schuylkill Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Minersville
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Adult Male Rufous Photographed by Eric Hynes in Minersville Sep 26, 2000

Westmoreland Co. -- Unidentified R/A Hummer in Greensburg
(not banded) -- FO late-Oct. '00 ↔ LO mid-Nov. '00


An unidentified Selasphorus Hummingbird was reported visiting a feeder in Greensburg for several weeks in late October into November 2000 by Louise Carroll.

Monroe Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in McMichaels/Jackson Twnshp (Pocono Mtns area)
(not banded) -- FO 11/4/00 ↔ LO 12/3/00


A possible imm male Rufous Hummingbird was seen visiting a feeder at the home of Lorraine and Mark Anderson in the Pocono Mtns. area.
Comments from the host about visitors: "You mean there'd be people here visiting during the day when we're not home? Just to look at a hummingbird???!!! And this comment was accompanied by a look of utter disbelief and consternation.
One interesting observation was that this bird was seen feeding on suet by John Serrao on an unspecified date.
There is a photo of this bird on a feeder taken by Brian Hardiman on pg 231 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 14 No 4.

Northampton Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in Nazareth
(not banded) -- FO 11/12/00 ↔ LO 12/13/00


Immature male Rufous Hummingbird seen visiting Rick Wiltraut's feeder in Nazareth, Northampton County.

There is a photo of this bird by Rick on 11/14/00 on pg 231 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 14 No 4.
Northampton Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in Nazareth
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The 1st record for Northampton County.
Photos published in PA Birds 14:231 and 17:27.
Northampton Co. Imm Male RUHU Photo 1
Northampton Co. Imm Male RUHU Photo 2

Northampton Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in Nazareth
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Schuylkill Co. -- Imm/Female Rufousoid in Lake Wynonah
(not banded) -- FO 11/12/00 ↔ LO 12/13/00


There is a photo of this bird on a feeder taken by Eric Hynes on 11/12/00 on pg 231 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 14 No 4.

Schuylkill Co. -- Unidentified Rufousoid in Schuylkill Haven
(not banded) -- FO 11/15/00 ↔ LO 12/11/00



Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2001-2002
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped

Lehigh Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Macungie
(not banded) -- FO 7/7/01 ↔ LO 7/7/01

Northampton Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Williams Township near Hellertown
BANDED by Scott W. 11/10/01 -- FO 11/9/01 ↔ LO 11/17/01


There are 3 photos of this bird on pg 235 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 15 No 4; 1 at a feeder on 11/9/01 by Dave DeReamus; 2 in-hand on 11/10/01 by Scott Weidensaul.


Northampton Co. -- AHY Female Rufous in Williams Twnshp - AK - on feeder
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AHY Female Rufous at Arlene Koch's on 11/09/01.
Picture by and courtesy of Dave DeReamus.


Northampton Co. -- AHY Female Rufous in Williams Twnshp - AK - perched
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AHY Female Rufous at Arlene Koch's on 11/09/01.
Picture by and courtesy of Dave DeReamus.



The 2nd record for Northampton County.
This adult female was seen visiting Arlene Koch's feeder for 8 days.
Read Arlene's own commentary on her Rufous visitor HERE

More Info here

Wyoming Co. -- Unidentified Hummingbird outside Wilkes-Barre
(not banded) -- OBS 12/24/01


According to the Local Notes section on pg 255 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 15 No 4, Bill Reid of Wilkes-Barre observed a hummingbird hawking insects from a snag in a hemlock tree in his yard near the Susquehanna River on Christmas Eve 2001. The bird was seen to foray out from a perch and return at least 6 times. The area where the hummer was seen was described as too shady to see colors on the bird; thus it remained unidentified as to species. A feeder was filled and hung, but the bird did not return.



Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2002-2003
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped

According to a PABIRDS post by Scott Weidensaul, during the winter of 02-03, [he] was aware of more than a dozen western hummers in eastern Pennsylvania, of which [he] was able to catch and band six, all rufous hummingbirds; the rest were apparently Selasphorus hummers (probably rufous, but possibly Allen's or broad-tailed), though there was one confirmed immature male calliope in suburban Philadelphia, a first state record. "

Schuylkill Co. -- Male Selasphorus near Auburn
(not banded) seen during 2nd week of August


An male SELASPHORUS hummingbird was seen in the Auburn area [that] week. It was seen at a feeder just during part of one day, and then apparently moved on.

Westmoreland Co. -- Imm Male Selasphorus in Ligonier
BANDED -- FO 8/24/02 ↔ LO 8/27/02


An imm male SELASPHORUS hummingbird was trapped and banded at the home of John and Evelyn Wilshons in the Ligonier area during the last week of August.

Berks Co. -- Selasphorus in Bernville
(not banded) -- FO 9/late/02 ↔ LO 11/early/02


An unidentified Selasphorus hummingbird was observed in Bernville for almost two months. This bird was not reported until after its departure (PA Birds Vol 16 No 3-4 pg 187).

Berks Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Robesonia
BANDED by Scott W. 11/4/02 -- FO 9/25/02 ↔ LO 11/4/02


An imm female Rufous hummingbird was trapped and banded at the home of Roxy Wenrich in the Robesonia area. There is an in-hand photo of this bird on pg 187 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 16 No 3-4 taken by Scott Weidensaul on 11/4/02.

Chester Co. Probable HYM Selasphorus in Unionville
(not banded) - F0 9/26/02 ↔ LO 12/14/02


One unidentified Selasphorus, a probable hatching-year male was observed in Unionville for more than 2 months. The bird eluded capture for banding. There is a videocapture of this bird on pg 187 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 16 No 3-4 taken by Devich Farbotnik on 9/29/02.

Monroe Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Bartonsville near Stroudsburg
BANDED by Scott W. 11/15/02 -- FO 10/1/02 ↔ LO 11/24/02


An adult female Rufous hummingbird, present for almost 2 months, was trapped and banded at the home of Caryle and Al Block in the Stroudsburg. There is 2 photos of this bird on pg 186 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 16 No 3-4; one by Brian Hardiman on 11/9/02, the second by Scott Weidensaul in-hand on 11/15/02.

Cumberland Co. -- Imm/Female Selasphorus in Carlisle
(not banded) -- FO 10/5/02 ↔ LO 11/2/02


An immature/female Selasphorus hummingbird was seen in Carlisle and was present for almost 1 month.

Berks Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Oley (Exeter Township)
BANDED by Scott W. -- FO 10/15/02 ↔ LO 12/3/02


An adult male Rufous hummingbird, present for almost 1 months, was trapped and banded at the home of Scott Schulz in the Oley area. There is a photo of this bird taken on 11/14/02 by Bill Uhrich on pg 186 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 16 No 3-4.

Berks Co. -- Imm/Female Selasphorus in Bernville
(not banded) -- FO 10/25/02 ↔ LO 11/7/02


An immature/female R/A hummingbird was seen in the Bernville area and was present for 2 weeks.

Berks Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Reading
BANDED -- FO 10/26/02 ↔ LO 11/30/02


An adult male Rufous hummingbird was trapped and banded in the Reading area and was present for 1 month.

Berks Co. -- Imm/Female Selasphorus in Leesport
(not banded) -- FO 10/30/02 ↔ LO 11/5/02


An immature/female R/A hummingbird was seen in the Leesport area and was present for 1 week.

Berks Co. Probable Adult Male Selasphorus in Reading
(not banded) - reported in early November.


A probable adult male Selasphorus was seen in Reading, but not reported until after its departure (PA Birds Vol 16 No 3-4 pg 187).

Bucks Co. -- Imm. Male Rufous in Plumsteadville
BANDED 11/12/02 -- FO 11/12/02 ↔ LO 11/21/02


There is a photo of this bird on pg 186 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 16 No 3-4 taken by Alan Brady on 11/15/02.

The bird was banded and released on Nov. 12 and stayed there until the 21st.


Bucks Co. RUHU -hover- 11/12/02
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Bucks Co. RUHU-down- 11/12/02
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Picture by and courtesy of Dave DeReamus.

Montgomery Co. -- Imm. Male Calliope in Merion Station
(not banded) FO 11/2/02 ↔ LO 11/28/02


There was a hummer identified as a immature male Calliope in Merion Station, about 1/2 mile from the Philadelphia city line, at the home of Sarah Boucas-Neto during late November 2002. The bird was not banded, but was photographed and videotaped on 11/26/02 by Devich Farbotnik and Jason Horn. This was the first state record for Calliope.


Lower Merion Imm Male CAHU 11/26/02
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Here is a bad b&w reproduction of a vidcap of the Merion Station CAHU taken by Devich Farbotnik.


Lower Merion Imm Male CAHU 11/26/02
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Here is a scope view of the Calliope by Sarah's daughter courtesy of Sarah.


Merion Station Calliope - vidcap collage Vidcap Collage of Calliope courtesy of Sarah Boucas-Neto.

Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Media
BANDED 12/8/02 -- FO 11/16/02 ↔ LO 12/14/02


This hatching-year female Rufous was first seen in November and banded by Scott W. at the home of Phyllis Fingerhood in Media PA on 12/8/02. There are 3 pix of this bird on page 35 of Vol 17 No 1 of Pennsylvania Birds.

Lancaster Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in East Petersburg
BANDED 11/24/02 -- FO 11/24/04 ↔ LO 11/28/04


An adult female Rufous was banded at the home of Jeanette Forte in East Petersburg on 11/24/02. There is an in-hand photo of this bird on pg 187 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 16 No 3-4 taken by Scott Weidensaul.


Lancaster Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in East Petersburg
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The 1st record for Lancaster County.
This photo was taken by Justin Bosler.

More Info Here and Here

Allegheny Co. -- Female Rufous in Plum Borough near Monroeville
(not banded) -- LO 12/3/02


There was a hummer identified as a female Rufous by the host very close to Boyce Park in Plum Boro of Allegheny Co. in early December 2002. The last observed date was 12/3/02, as far as I know. The bird was not banded and was not photographed to my knowledge.



Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2003-2004
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped

According to a PABIRDS post by Scott Weidensaul, during the winter of 03-04 there were "reports of almost a dozen and a half apparent Selasphorus hummingbirds in the state, of which [he] was able to band six, and Nick Pulcinella banded one. Most appeared in October and November, though one in York County was present through at least Jan. 23, 2004."

Erie Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Waterford
BANDED by Scott W. on 11/3/03 - FO late Sept. 03 ↔ LO 11/8/03


A hummer was banded by Scott Weidensual at the residence of Claire Terrill in Waterford PA. She was described as a beautiful adult female Rufous, as confirmed by body measurements and particularly the width of her outermost tail feathers.

Berks Co. -- Probable Calliope (not banded)
FO late Sept 03 ↔ LO shortly thereafter


I have reports that this bird was seen by birders and photos were taken - which are not yet available.

Lancaster Co. -- Imm. Rufousoid in Peach Bottom
(not banded) - present on 10/19/03


A "Rufous/Allen's-type Hummingbird [feeding] at Pinapple Sage this morning [10/19/03] at about 10:30 AM." The bird was not seen again that day - (nor later as far as I know)(Bob Schutsky on PABIRDS)

Dauphin Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Middletown
BANDED by Scott W. on 12/16/03 - FO early/mid fall ↔ LO 1/10/04


This hummer had apparently been present since earlier this fall, but because the homeowner is not a serious birder, word of it came out only during December. It was visiting the feeder at the home of Glenn Hicks Jr., on Woodland Avenue just off Vine Street in Middletown. The bird returned to the feeder 15 min. after banding and was seen to return again later that day.
There is a photo of this bird taken 1/1/04 by Tom Johnson on pg 34 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1.

Allegheny Co. -- 2 (TWO) Rufousoids in Sewickley Heights
(not banded) - FO fall? ↔ LO Dec?


Two Rufous/Allen's-type Hummingbird were observed in Sewickley Heights during the fall of 2003. (Local Notes - pg 45 Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1)

Cumberland Co. -- ? hummer - present through early 11/03

This bird was described as bigger than a rubythroat, with green sides and no rufous - (possible GRVE??? - RMP)

Lancaster Co. -- Rufousoid 3 miles west of Morgantown PA
(not banded) - present on 11/3/03


A "Rufous/Allen's-type Hummingbird was seen on Nov 3 2003 at a feeder near Morgantown PA.

Carbon Co. -- Imm. male Rufous in Ashfield
BANDED by Scott W. on 10/23/03 -- present through at least 11/16/03


This bird was seen at the home of Christina van Gelder. "The bird had a great deal of orange on the nape, tail and rump, and a few orange feathers on the back. The throat was heavily stippled with dark flecks, and there was a cluster of iridescent gorget feathers in the center." (Scott W. on PABIRDS)

Bucks Co. -- ? Rufous - present through 11/16/03

This bird was seen at a home whose owner did not want the bird banded.

Bucks Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Hilltown Twnshp.
FO 10/25/03 ↔ LO 1/10/04 ↔ Found Expired 1/11/04


This bird was observed feeding AFTER DARK at a feeder near a heat lamp during the night of 1/9/04. It was found expired on 1/11/04 and a post-mortem exam was performed by Nick P. There are 2 photos of this bird on pg 35 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1; one photo on Dec. 03 by Jim Glick; a second post-mortem photo with spread tail to demonstrate rectrix conformation by Nick Pulcinella on 1/17/04.

?? Co. SC PA -- ? Rufous - present through 11/16/03

This bird was seen at a home whose owner did not want the location shared. Scott W. went to attempt banding, but did not see the bird.

Fayette Co. -- Imm. Female Rufous near Belle Vernon
(not banded) - FO 11/10/03 ↔ LO 12/12/03


This hummer was present at the home of George and Christine Zerambo close to the Monongahela River near Belle Vernon. I saw this bird personally on Saturday 12/6/03 - with lots of snow on the ground! This big snowstorm unfortunately prohibited an attempt to band the bird that day! The same picture shown below by Geoff Malosh is also found on pg 298 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 17 No 4.

Belle Vernon PA Rufousoid Hummer
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This Rufoisoid hummer was seen visting a feeder over the back patio deck of a house near Belle Vernon.

4 Pix from 11/23/03 and More Info HERE on Geoff Malosh's page


Belle Vernon Hummer on Dec. 6 2003 Belle Vernon Hummer on Dec. 6, 2003
Photo by my good friend June Bernard

Fayette Co. Imm Male Rufousoid in South Connellsville
(not banded) - FO 10/21/03 ↔ LO 1/10/04 (JA)


"This bird, which reportedly appeared for the first time on October 21, 2003, looked to be a first winter male Rufous Hummingbird. The homeowner reported that when the bird first appeared, it had extensive green coloration, and had molted into the appearance in the January pix before her eyes over the past three months."

South Connellsville PA Rufousoid Hummer
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This Rufoisoid hummer was seen visting a feeder at the home of Joanna Adams in South Connellsville.
Picture by Geoff Malosh.

2 Pix from 1/10/04 and More Info HERE on Geoff Malosh's page

Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Williamsport
BANDED 10/20/03 by Scott W. -- FO 10/10/03 ↔ LO 1/14/04 (DF)


There are 2 pix of this bird on pg 298 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 17 No 4, one in-hand photo by Dave Ferry, and one on a feeder by Bob Tompkins. There is also a picture taken 12/6/03 by Dave Shollenberger in Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1.

Williamsport, Lycoming Co. Hummer on feeder
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Pix from October:  Pic1  Pic2  Pic3  Pic4  Pic5

Pictures from December 2003 at Dave Ferry's
Note band on right leg!
Williamsport Rufous in the Snow!

York Co. -- Imm. Male Rufous in New Freedom
BANDED mid-Dec. by Scott W. - FO 10/10/03 ↔ 1/23/04


This bird was banded at the location of it's primary feeder, but after banding was found to switch exclusively to the use of a second feeder half-a-block away which it had apparently been using also the entire length of its stay. There is a photo taken 12/6/03 by Rick Hurley on pg 35 of Pennsylvania Birds Vol 18 No 1.

New Freedom, York Co. Hummer on feeder
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New Freedom, York Co. Imm. Male Rufous
More pix and info HERE

Centre Co. -- Hatching Year Female Rufous in Port Matilda
BANDED 12/27/03 by Nick P. - FO ~12/15/03 ↔ LO 12/27/03


This bird was found to be malnourished and easily stressed at the time of banding.

Schuylkill Co. Imm. Female Rufous in Tower City
BANDED by Mary G. -- Found expired 1/13/04


On Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004 one of the school maintenance workers at Williams Valley School District in Tower City, Schuylkill County, found a dead hummingbird underneath a large window at the school. This immature female rufous turned out to be the bird that Mary Gustafson had banded Dec. 4, 2003 in the Ripley Garden of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., where this bird is now in the specimen collection.



Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2004-2005
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped


Erie Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Waterford
(not banded) - FO 9/1/04 ↔ LO 9/4/04


A female Rufous was seen at the same feeder in the same yard (the Terrill residence) where Scott W. banded an adult female Rufous in 2003! This bird was not captured for banding or band check.

Westmoreland Co. -- Imm. Female Rufous near Ligonier
BANDED #N-43570 on Monday 9/20/04 by PNR crew -- LO 9/20/04


This hatch-year Female Rufous Hummer was banded by the crew from Powdermill Nature Reserve near Ligonier in Westermoreland Co. This bird left and was not seen again after banding.

Ligonier PA female Rufous banded 9/20/04 by PNR crew
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Ligonier Rufous with spread right wing during banding.
Picture courtesy of Powdermill Avian Research Center.

See
Powdermill Bird Banding - UPDATES for 9/21-26/04
for the story and more pix!

Westmoreland Co. -- Rufousoid near Rector
(not banded) - FO 10/4/04 ↔ LO 10/5/04


There was also another Rufoisoid hummer seen at Mike Lanzone's residence only 1/4 mile from Powdermill Nature Reserve during the week of 10/3/04. This bird was not trapped; FO 10/4/04 --LO 10/5/04.

Berks Co. -- Possible Selasphorus in Kutztown
- FO ~ 10/12/04


Sue Schmoyer of Berks County reported on PABIRDS that "A possible Selasphorus hummingbird was seen this morning at my residence in [Kutztown] Berks County. The bird visited a feeder on the deck twice before I went to work at 9:20, both times perching with its back to me so I could see the rufous patch at the base its short tail." No further sightings were reported.

Snyder Co. -- Possible Rufousoid in Middleburg
- FO ~ 10/15/04


Mick Brown reported on PABIRDS that as he "stepped out onto [his] front porch [he] was shocked to hear and then see a hummingbird at some flowers! It was small, somewhat chunky-looking, and had a definite rusty tinge, but not as much as an adult male rufous or Allen's." No further sightings were reported.

Erie Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in East Springfield
BANDED #N43573 on 11/15/04 by PNR crew
FO ~ 10/15/04 ↔ LO 12/14/04


This adult male Rufous, dubbed 'Rusty' by his hostess, was first described on PABirds as "stunning" and has been resident at the Parmerter residence in East Springfield PA since about 10/19/04. He was captured and banded on Monday 11/15/04 by Bob Mulvihill and Adrienne Leppold from Powdermill Nature Reserve, weighed in at 3.5g, and was seen returning to the feeder after banding!

I have an interesting verbal second-hand report that Arla also had a Rufousoid visitor at her feeder a couple of years ago! So this bird could possibly be a return, but we'll never know for sure. Hopefully more info on that will be forthcoming.

There is an interesting online article about 'Rusty' from the Erie Times-News dated 11/5/04 - HERE (requires free registration to read).

Erie Co. - 'Rusty' -- inhand closeup during banding by PARC
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Erie Co. PA Adult Male Rufous - 'Rusty' closeup on feeder by Ben Coulter
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This photo is by and courtesy of Ben Coulter!


Erie Co. PA Adult Male Rufous - 'Rusty' on feeder 11/11/04
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Picture of 'Rusty' taken on Thursday 11/11/04 by my good friend Marcy Cunkelman!

Montgomery Co. -- Imm. Male Rufous in Phoenixville
BANDED by Nick P. on 10/31/04
FO 10/28/04


Bander Nick Pulcinella banded this immature male Rufous Hummer at Matt Bahr's house in Phoenixville, Montgomery Co. on Oct. 31, 2004. His banding number is 5000-42310. The bird was FO a few days before banding.

Montgomery Co. PA Immature Male Rufous banded 10/31/04
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The bird is seen here at a feeder at dusk.
More pix and info HERE

Berks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near Hennigsville
BANDED by Scott W. on 11/7/04 -- FO 11/5/04


Scott Weidensaul and Wayne Laubscher banded this adult female Rufous hummingbird at Peter Saenger's house near Henningsville, Berks County on Sunday Nov. 7, 2004. This bird was first seen on Friday morning 11/5/04 at a feeder, and is still present as of the morning of 11/11/04.

Berks Co. Adult Female Rufous Banded 11/7/04
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The picture is courtesy of Peter Saenger himself.
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Bucks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Bristol
BANDED by Nick P. on 12/11/04
FO 11/early/04 ↔ LO 12/19/04


An Adult Female Rufous was first observed in early November at the home of Evelyn Schwartz in Bristol. The bird was banded by Nick Pulcinella on Dec. 11, and was last observed on Dec. 19, 2004. (Info from Trochilids.com)

Indiana Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Brush Valley
BANDED #N43574 by PNR crew on 11/16/04


The crew from Powdermill banded another Adult Female Rufous at the home of Gordy Hollingsworth of Brush Valley, Indiana CO on Tuesday 11/16/04. She weighed in at 3.8 g with a fat score of 1. This is the 1st county record for Indiana County.
Banding info and more pix on Powdermill Updates for Nov 9-21, 2004

Indiana Co. Adult Female Rufous Banded 11/16/04
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Fayette Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in South Connellsville
BANDED by PNR crew on 11/30/04 -- FO 11/28/04 ↔ LO 1/17/05 (JA)


The crew from Powdermill banded another Adult Female Rufous at the home of Joanna Adams of S. Connellsville on Tuesday 11/30/04. A Rufous (possibly the same one) was documented by photos at the same home last year.

South Connellsville Adult Female Rufous Banded 11/30/04
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Franklin Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near Waynesboro
BANDED by Scott W. on 12/2/04 * FO mid-October '04 ↔ LO 12/3/04


A "gorgeous" adult female rufous hummingbird was banded at the home of Kathy and Ed Warner, outside Waynesboro, Franklin County, where it's been seen since at least mid-October. "This hummer is one of the most richly colored female rufous [Scott] has seen, with very dark cinnamon on the flanks and undertail, and a central gorget of iridescent feathers that takes up more than half the throat -- quite a dazzling bird".

Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2005-2006
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped


Centre Co. -- Green Violet-ear in State College
(not banded) - FO 8/?/05 ↔ LO 8/?/05


"Somewhere in Centre County, in very early August, an unusual hummingbird was seen several times in a backyard. It was mostly green, substantially larger than the many Ruby-throats present, and one person is confident of seeing a decurved bill. Four people saw the bird, all with at least some birding experience, and agreed absolutely it was not a Ruby-throat." (Greg Grove on PABIRDS)

In June 2011, prompted by the report of a GRVE in Kansas, there was a renewed discussion of the Centre Co hummer on PABirds. Scott Weidensaul stated that the bird "was described to me as a magnificent, but with a curved bill - which strongly suggested green violet-ear, but there were no photos or other observations." Deb Grove stated that "several members of the State College bird club sat and sat, hoping to see it, [but] it never showed up again." (PABIRDS)

Northampton Co. -- Probable Selasphorus near Easton
(IDed as definitely NOT RTHU)
(not banded) - FO 9/4/05 ↔ LO 9/4/05


A Selasphorus Hummingbird which was observed to definitely have rufous at the base of the rectrices was seen in the morning by Arlene Koch and in the afternoon by Devich Farbotnik at Arlene's farm near Easton. The bird was positively not an adult male Rufousoid. This is Arlene's second Selasphorus hummer, the first was in November 2001.

Lycoming Co. -- Probable Adult Male Selasphorus in Williamsport
(not banded) - FO 9/4/05 ↔ LO 9/4/05


A Selasphorus Hummingbird was observed with "red/rufous [which] was very obvious on its flanks and belly and [which] was clearly a male bird" by Dave Ferry at his feeder in the afternoon. This is Dave's second Selasphorus hummer (first in 03-04).

Lebanon Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near Lebanon
banded by Scott W. 11/25/05 - FO ~9/15/05 ↔ LO 12/15/05*


An adult female Rufous was observed at the home of Liz Zehring near Lebanon during mid-September. The bird stayed late into November, and was banded by Scott Weidensaul on 11/25/05, the day after Thanksgiving. The bird was last seen (the first time) at approximately 1 PM on 11/27/05. After a hiatus of four days, a hummer which was banded reappeared and was last seen 12/15/05. (pers. comm. LZ) This interlude, of course, raises the intriguing possibility that a different bird took up residence for the first 2 weeks of December at this location although LZ feels it was the same bird!

Lebanon PA Adult Female Rufous 11/18/05
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Lebanon Rufous hovering near feeder.
Picture by Tom Johnson on 11/18/05
and courtesy of Liz Zehring.

Berks Co. -- 2 R/A Hummers near Hamburg
prob. Ad. Male R/A not banded
FO late Sept/05 ↔ LO same day
1 Ad. Fem. Rufous banded by Scott W. 11/23/05
FO late Sept/05 ↔ LO 11/25/05


An unidentified "all-reddish brown hummingbird" was seen along with another R/A hummer in late September in the yard of Randy Kauffman near Hamburg. The probable adult male Rufous was only seen for a single day, but the other R/A hummer stayed and was eventually trapped and banded by Scott Weidensaul on Wed. 11/23/05, the day before Thanksgiving. That hummer was last seen the day after Thanksgiving. (pers. comm. RK)

Franklin Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Shippensburg
(not banded) - FO 9/25/05 ↔ LO 9/27/05


An adult male Rufous was observed in Stillhouse Hollow, Shippensburg during the last week of September. The homeowner wished to remain anonymous.

Shippensburg PA Adult Male Rufous 9/25-7/05
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Shippensburg Rufous hovering near feeder.
Pictures courtesy of Bob Keener.

See
Hummer on feeder
Hummer near deck rail
for more pix!

Chester Co. -- Ad. Male Rufous near West Grove
banded by Scott W. 11/20/05
FO 10/12/05 ↔ LO 12/12/05


An adult male Rufous has been seen and photographed in M's yard near West Grove. It was banded by Scott Weidensaul on Nov. 20. The bird continues in the yard as of 12/04/05.

Pix of this bird by Howard B. Eskin in December!

West Grove Adult Male Rufous 10/19/05
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West Grove adult male Rufous on feeder.
Picture by Nick Pulcinella 10/19/05
and courtesy of M.

Beaver Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Independence Twp.
banded by Powdermill crew 11/27/05 - FO ~~10/15/05 ↔ LO 12/7/05


An adult female Rufous was observed at the home of Rich and Elizabeth Hoge in Hopewell Township near the Pittsburgh International Airport during mid-October. The bird stayed, and was banded by a Powdermill crew on 11/27/05, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The bird was last seen on Wednesday 12/7/05. (pers. comm. R/EH)

Independence Township Adult Female Rufous -- in-hand banding photo 11/27/05
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Independence Twp Rufous in-hand during banding 11/27/05.
Picture courtesy of Powdermill Avian Research Center.
More pix from banding day by PARC
including in-cage and release photos.

Independence Township Adult Female Rufous 11/30/05
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Independence Twp. Rufous on feeder
(note band on left leg).
Picture by Geoff Malosh on 11/30/05
and courtesy of Geoff Malosh.

Geoff's picture page of the Independence Twp. Rufous.

Independence Township Adult Female Rufous 12/3/05
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Independence Twp. Rufous on wire.
Picture by Geoff Malosh on 12/3/05
and courtesy of Geoff Malosh.

Geoff's picture page of the Independence Twp. Rufous.

Erie Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Albion
not banded - FO ~~10/15/05 ↔ LO 12/11/05


An adult female Selasphorus was first observed at the home of Mike and Wendy Lipinski in Albion during mid-October. The bird was not identified as non-Rubythroat until after it was last observed in December. The bird was last seen on 12/11/05. (pers. comm. M/W L -- 11/21/06)

Albion Adult Female Selasphorus hovering near feeder
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Albion Selasphorus hovering near feeder on 12/11/05.
Picture courtesy of Mike and Wendy Lipinski

Albion Adult Female Selasphorus on feeder back view
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Albion Selasphorus on feeder - long range backview on 12/10/05.
Photo courtesy of Mike and Wendy Lipinski

Albion Adult Female Selasphorus perched in shrub.
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Albion Selasphorus perched in shrub on 12/10/05.
Photo courtesy of Mike and Wendy Lipinski

Westmoreland Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Scottdale
not banded -- FO 10/18/05 ↔ LO 10/18/05


In early January, Powdermill ARC got a phone report of a "dark brown hummer" which was observed by Betty Zottola and Anita Fabian at a home on Orchard Ave. in Scottdale on Oct. 18 only. (pers. comm. AL from PARC)

Westmoreland Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Scottdale
not banded -- FO 10/18/05 ↔ LO 10/18/05


In early January, Powdermill ARC got a phone report of a "dark brown hummer" which was observed by Betty Zottola and Anita Fabian at a home on Orchard Ave. in Scottdale on Oct. 18 only. (pers. comm. AL from PARC)

Dauphin Co. -- Hatching-Year Female Rufous in South Hanover Twp.
Banded by Scott W. 10/20/05
FO 10/19/05 ↔ LO 12/14/05


A first-year female Rufous hummingbird appeared in the yard of Tom Johnson and Janet Getgood near Hummelstown on Wednesday Oct. 19. The bird was captured and banded by Scott Weidensaul on Oct. 20. The bird was reported last seen briefly the morning of 12/14/05, after not being seen for sevearl days previously.

Hummelstown HY-F Rufous Quicktime Video

Hummelstown PA HY Female Rufous 10/20/05
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Hummelstown Rufous perched on tree branch.
Picture courtesy of Tom Johnson.

More Hummelstown Rufous Photos by Tom Johnson


Hummelstown PA HY Female Rufous 11/05
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Hummelstown Rufous in the air in November.
Picture courtesy of Tom Johnson.

More Hummelstown Rufous Photos by Tom Johnson

Northampton Co. -- Immature Female R/A near Easton
not banded -- FO 10/28/05 ↔ LO ?/?/?
Adult Female R/A near Easton
not banded -- FO 11/3/05 ↔ LO 11/4/05


An immature female R/A type hummer was seen in a yard about 10 miles from Easton. Over the weekend a second R/A hummer was present and was engaging in territorial battles with the first hummer. Photos were obtained of both hummers for ID purposes. The exact location remains undisclosed.

Chester Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in West Chester
Banded by Nick P. 10/30/05
FO 10/29/05 ↔ LO 12/4/05


A first-year male Rufous hummingbird appeared in the yard of Nick Pulcinella in West Chester on Saturday Oct. 29. He banded the bird on Sunday Oct. 30 (pers. comm.).

West Chester HY Male Rufous 10/29/05
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West Chester HY male Rufous during banding.
Picture by and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.

Allegheny Co. -- Probable R/A Hummer in Penn Hills
not banded -- FO 11/3/05 ↔ LO 11/17/05


A caller to Scott Shalaway's radio show 'Birds and Nature' on Sat. 11/19 named "Bob from Penn Hills" reported that because his wife was ill, they failed to take down their hummer feeder at the end of October as usual. So, of course, they got a late hummer as a reward! The bird arrived on Thursday 11/3 and fed at the feeder all throughout the day until for an unknown reason the decision was made to remove the feeder on Thursday 11/17. After the feeder was removed, the hummer returned and was seen hovering at the feeder location. After the feeder was rehung, the bird fed and was not seen again. No good description was given of this bird, but I'm going to presume that it was NOT an RTHU!

Montgomery Co. -- Immature R/A in Elkins Park
not banded -- FO 11/05/05 ↔ LO 11/29/05


An immature R/A hummer has been seen and photographed in Paul Driver's yard in Elkins Park. The bird was last reported seen on 11/29/05. (pers. comm. PD)

Elkins Park Imm. Rufous 11/27/05
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Elkins Park Immature Rufous on feeder.
Picture 11/27/05 by and courtesy of Paul Driver.

Quicktime Video of Elkins Park R/A on feeder (1.8 Mb).

Monroe Co. -- R/A Hummer in Saylorsburg
not banded -- FO 11/6/05 ↔ LO 11/6/05


A Rufous/Allen's hummer appeared in Rick Wiltraut's yard in Saylorsburg and was seen feeding on Pineapple Sage and then a feeder for several minutes at 7:45 AM. After a camera was retrieved, the bird was not seen again.

Bucks Co. -- R/A hummer in Warrington Twp.
not banded - FO 11/6/05 ↔ LO 11/6/05


A Selasphorus hummer was seen visiting flowers by Ron French as his home on Nov. 6, 2005. [fide pers. comm. from AM]

Chester Co. -- 2 R/A type hummers near Elverson
both banded by Scott W.
#1 Adult Female Rufous banded 11/8/05 -- #2 Imm Female Rufous
not banded -- FO 11/7/05 ↔ LO ?/?/?


Scott Weidensaul reported that he attempted to band, but did not catch (on the first attempt) 2 different Rufous/Allen's type hummers at the Trego residence near Elverson, "one with an unmarked white throat that may be a female or immature male, and another, presumably an adult female, with a large central cluster of iridescent gorget feathers."
Scott returned to the Trego residence on Tuesday 11/8 and banded the adult female which was then IDed as a Rufous. The other R/A hummer was seen but not caught.

West Chester Imm Female Rufous 11/17/05
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Elverson Imm female Rufous on feeder.
Picture by and courtesy of the Trego family.

Fayette Co. -- Hatching-Year Male Rufous in South Connellsville
Banded by Powdermill Crew 11/9/05
FO 11/3/05 ↔ LO 11/18/05


A first-year male Rufous hummingbird appeared in the yard of Joanna Adams and Charles Sherwood in South Connellsville early in November. The bird was captured and banded by the Powdermill crew on Wednesday 11/9/05. This is the third straight winter season that this location has hosted an R/A type hummer! Congratulations to Joanna and Chuck! The bird was last observed on Friday 11/18/05.

S Connellsville HY Male Rufous 11/9/05
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In-hand banding photo.
Picture courtesy of Powdermill Avian Research Center.

More photos of S. Connellsville Rufous banding by Powdermill.

Carbon Co. -- 1 unIDed Hummer in Hazleton
not banded -- FO week of 11/13/05 ↔ LO ?/?/?


An unidentified hummer was reported about 11/13/05 visting salvia in a yard in Hazleton.

Westmoreland Co. -- UnIDed Hummer near Linn Run State Park
not banded -- FO 11/16/05 ↔ LO 11/21/05


An unidentified (as yet) hummer was visiting a feeder not far from Linn Run State Park not far from Powdermill. Stay tuned for updates on this bird!

Bucks Co. -- Imm. Female Rufous in Upper Southampton Twp.
not banded - FO 11/20/05 ↔ LO 12/7/05


An immature female Rufous hummer was visiting a feeder in Bucks Co. at the home of Erv Hiller and Nan Lawrence. The bird has been photographed and the ID as immature female rufous was made from clear pictures of the tail in a video done 12/4/05. [fide pers. comm. from AK and AM]

Howard Eskin Picture of Bucks Co. Hummer in Birdline Photo Gallery '05

Upper Southampton HY Female Rufous left profile view
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Bucks Co. hummer left profile on feeder.
Picture by Howard B. Eskin 12/4/05
and courtesy of August Mirabella.

Upper Southampton HY Female Rufous face-on view
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Bucks Co. hummer face-on on feeder.
Picture by Howard B. Eskin 12/4/05
and courtesy of August Mirabella.

Upper Southampton HY Female Rufous back-view
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Bucks Co. hummer back-view on feeder.
Picture by Howard B. Eskin 12/4/05
and courtesy of August Mirabella.

Montgomery Co. -- Imm. Female Rufous in Narbeth
banded by Nick P. 11/23/05 -- FO 11/21/05 ↔ LO ?/?/?


An immature female Rufous hummer was banded Thanksgiving week in Narbeth and this was noted on the 11/25/05 Philadelphia area RBA!

Butler Co. -- Probable Rufous in Butler
not banded - FO ?/?/05 ↔ LO 11/25/05


A probable Rufous in Butler was reported by email to the Powdermill Avian Research Center. The bird was last observed on 11/25/05. [fide AL from PARC]

Armstrong Co. -- Probable Rufous near Keystone Power Dam Lake
not banded - FO ?/?/05 ↔ LO ?/?/05


An probable Rufous was visting a feeder somewhere in the vicinity of Keystone Power Dam Lake in northeastern Armstrong Co. [fide pers. comm. from MC]

Indiana Co. -- Probable Rufous in Conemaugh Twp.
not banded - FO 12/7/05 ↔ LO 12/7/05


A possible Selasphorus was seen twice briefly at her home by my good friend Marcy Cunkelman on Wednesday 12/7/05. Marcy also described this sighting on Scott Shalaway's "Birds and Nature" radio show on Saturday 12/10/05. [fide pers. comm. from MC]

Luzerne Co. -- 2 Probable R/As near White Haven
not banded - FO ?/?/05 ↔ LO 12/13/05


There was definitely been a hummingbird somewhere in the Poconos during late November/early December. Scott Shalaway has mentioned twice on "Birds and Nature" that this hummingbird that was reported to him by email. He has also received photos, but the bird could not be definitively IDed from the pix, which were somewhat dark. It turns out there were two birds, at the home of Joe and Nancy Wehnert near the Lehigh River 1 mile north of White Haven, PA.

SPECIAL OHIO HUMMER NEWS -- Female Anna's near Cincinnati
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Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
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Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped


Erie Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Presque Isle State Park
(not banded) -- FO 6/02/06 ↔ LO 6/02/06


Jerry McWilliams reported on PABIRDS that he observed a hummer fly in off the lake at Gull Point which he observed in a split-second view to have a bright orange upperside when viewed against the dark vegetation in the park. He also noted a shiny red-orange gorget when the hummer flew in.

Northampton Co. -- Fem/Imm Selasphorus near Easton
(not banded) -- FO 9/08/06 ↔ LO 9/08/06


Arlene Koch reported on PABIRDS that she and Jason Horn observed a hummer in her lower fields which flew right up to them and hovered with a spread tail which showed obvious rufous on the rectrices. The bird was not seen again. This is Arlene's third Selasphorus at her farm.

Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Gibsonia
BANDED BY PARC 10/26/06 E49556 -- FO 9/19/06 ↔ LO 11/24/06


Adrienne Leppold reported on PABIRDS on 10/28 that Powdermill Avian Research Center staff had banded an adult male Rufous in Gibsonia PA on 10/26/06. A second report on 11/28 noted that this hummer was observed to feed heavily on Thanksgiving day and was last seen hale and healthy the morning of Friday 11/24/06 at the home of Christina and Eugene Fuselier.

Powdermill page with Gibsonia Rufous banding


Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous near Gibsonia
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Adult Male Rufous in Gibsonia in-hand.
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Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous near Gibsonia
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Adult Male Rufous in Gibsonia in-hand.
Picture by and courtesy of PARC.

Delaware Co. -- Imm Female Selasphorus in Middletown Township
BANDED by Nick P. 11/21/06 -- FO 10/12/06 ↔ LO 12/3/06


Dolly Mignogna reported on PABIRDS on 12/23/06 that she hosted an immature female Rufous hummer from Oct. 12th until Dec. 3rd. Nick Pulcinella banded the bird on Nov. 21. Dolly also stated that on 12/3 prior to the bird's departure there was a second hummer in her yard along with her bird which she had nicknamed 'Buffy'. Buffy was wont to do spirals and look in the window in the morning while her feeder was changed! (pers. comm. DM)


Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Middletown Twnshp
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HY Female Rufous in Middletown Twnshp on 11/21/06.
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Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Middletown Twnshp
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HY Female Rufous in Middletown Twnshp on 11/21/06.
Picture by Pasquale Mignogna and courtesy of Dolly Mignogna.

Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Unityville
(not banded) -- FO 10/14/06 ↔ LO 10/16/06


Steve Pinkerton reported on HUMNET that a hummer showed up at a home just outside of Williamsport, and that he was one of the few who saw and videotaped this hummer. Their preliminary ID was female Selasphorus. Bob Sargent believes this bird to be a very old female Selasphorus (probably Rufous) from his viewing of the video.

An attempt was made by Wayne Laubscher to capture the bird for identification and banding, but the bird would not enter the trap. (pers. comm. - SP)

Lycoming County Female Selasphorus Video


Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus near feeder in Unityville Adult Female Selasphorus near feeder in Unityville
Picture courtesy of Steve Pinkerton


Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus on feeder in Unityville Adult Female Selasphorus on feeder in Unityville
Picture courtesy of Steve Pinkerton


Lycoming Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus face on in Unityville Adult Female Selasphorus face on in Unityville
Picture courtesy of Steve Pinkerton

Centre Co. -- Imm Male Selasphorus in Port Matilda
(not banded) -- FO 10/15/06 ↔ LO 10/15/06


Ron Rovansek reported on PABIRDS that he observed a bird in his yard with "bright rufous sides, lots of Rufous on the rump, throat heavily stippled with dark spots, but with no orange or red color and [which] was about the size of a Rubythroat but with a thick-necked or stocky look. The hummingbird was feeding at the last few Anise Sage (Salvia guaranitica) plants that hadn't been frosted." He also reported hearing the typical sharp chip note of a Selasphorus bird. He then rehung some humfeeders, but the bird was not seen again.

Washington Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in McDonald
PREVIOUSLY BANDED N71927 -- FO ~10/20/06 ↔ LO 12/19/06

Unidentified Second Hummer in McDonald
(not banded) -- FO ~11/?/06 ↔ LO ?/?/?


An adult female Selasphorus has been visiting a feeder at the home of Ray and Edyie Posel and at their next-door neighbors in McDonald since mid to late October. Geoff Malosh photographed the bird on 11/21/06. The Posels also told Dave Wilton that a second hummer has been seen in their yard in November, a sighting which was confirmed by next-door neighbors. This bird was described as "smaller, less colorful, and more plump" than the Rufous.

The Selasphorus hummer was successfully captured by Powdermill Avian Research Center staff on Wednesday 11/22/06 and definitively IDed as adult female Rufous -- and the bird was already banded! She was originally banded as an After-Hatch Year bird in Diamondhead, MS on 25 Jan. 2006 by Mark Myers of the Hummer/Bird Study Group. This bird is, to the best of my knowledge, the first 'foreign recaptured' Rufous hummingbird in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Rufous has remained on site and was seen once during the afternoon of 11/27/06 by Ray Posel, and the next-door neighbor reported that she also saw the "second" hummer the same afternoon (pers. comm. - RP). Mrs. Posel told me the evening of 12/21/06, I was told that the feeders were not being observed closely, and that the bird was last seen at the Posel's feeder on the 18th and at the neighbors' feeder on the 19th (pers. comm. - EP). Mark Vass confirmed the LO date of 12/19 in a PABIRDS post 1/5/07.

Geoff Malosh's Pictures of the McDonald AHY Female Rufous.

Powdermill's page with McDonald Rufous banding


Washington Co. -- AHY Female Rufous in McDonald
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AHY Female Rufous in McDonald on 11/21/06.
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Washington Co. -- AHY Female Rufous in McDonald in-hand after capture
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AHY Female Rufous in McDonald in-hand on 11/22/06.
Note band on right leg!
Also note how inner primaries are already molted.
Picture by and courtesy of Geoff Malosh.

Chester Co. -- Selasphorus in Perkiomenville
(not banded) -- FO 10/25/06 ↔ LO 1/17/07


Ken Lebo informed me that after his appearance on the "Jack's Back Yard" radio show on Dec. 9, he received a phone call from Mike and Sue Slezak who informed him that they had a "female Rufous" (accompanied by a female RTHU as well - FO 11/7/06) visiting for 6 weeks. The "Rufous" is described as 3 to 4 in. and "tan" in color. The other bird is described as 3 in. and green in color (pers comm M&SS).

The Selasphorus and the other bird both continued sporadically at the feeder; the second bird was last seen on 1/16/07 and the Selasphorus was last seen 1/17/07. (pers comm M&SS).


Chester Co. -- Selasphorus in Perkiomenville
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Selasphorus in Perkiomenville
Picture by and courtesy of Mike and Sue Slezak.

Berks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous at Green Hills Lake
BANDED by Scott W. 11/5/06 -- FO 11/5/06 ↔ LO 12/8/06


Ken Lebo reported on PABIRDS that he observed a probable Selasphorus hummer at his feeder at 6:45 AM on Sunday November 5. "It had a small dark patch on the center of the throat and orange flanks. [His] impression was a female Rufous/Allen's." Scott Weidensaul banded the bird and identified it as adult female Rufous.

Ken noted on PABIRDS that the bird remains on location thru 11/18/06. "The adult female Rufous hummingbird continues at my feeder. I have only seen her nectar on the Pineapple Sage once."

The Rufous was last seen at a feeder at 3:50 PM on 12/8/06 after Ken's Pineapple Sage bit the dust on 12/6/06 (pers comm KL).


Berks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous at Green Hills Lake south of Reading
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Adult Female Rufous at Green Hills Lake
Picture by and courtesy of Ken Lebo.

Delaware Co. -- Imm Female Selasphorus in Media
BANDED by Nick P. 11/26/06 -- FO 11/9/06 ↔ LO 12/2/06


Al Guarente reported on PABIRDS that he has observed an apparent female Rufous hummer "feeding on Pineapple Sage in [his] yard in Media, Pa. It appears to be a HY female and until [Sunday 11/12] the ID was up for grabs. But the bird finally showed off its spread tail while perched and the rufous on the tail was finally observed. Also the outermost tail feather could be seen well and it was as thick as the rest of the tail feathers, not thin like in an Allen's."

Al noted on PABIRDS that the Selasphorus hummer remains on location thru 11/18/06. "As as 7am this morning the female Rufous Hummingbird is still visiting my yard in Media Pa. Although I have several feeders up, the hummingbird has yet to visit them. She likes the Pineapple Sage and usually feeds on them every twenty minutes or so."

I've been told that since this bird did not use feeders, it was necessary to bait the capture trap with flowers in order to facilitate banding, and it worked fine! (pers. comm. DM)


Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Media-1
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HY Female Selasphorus in Media on 11/11/06
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Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Media-2
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HY Female Selasphorus in Media on 11/11/06
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Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Media-3
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HY Female Selasphorus in Media on 11/11/06
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Delaware Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Media-tongue
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HY Female Selasphorus in Media on 11/11/06
Picture by and courtesy of Al Guarente.

Montgomery Co. -- Imm Female Rufous in Merion Station
BANDED by Nick P. 12/10/06 -- FO 12/8/06 ↔ LO 12/18/06


Sarah Boucas-Neto reported on PABIRDS that she "just saw a hummingbird at [her] frozen window feeder!" Well, it turns out that the bird was IDed as Selasphorus and then subsequently captured and banded by Nick Pulcinella and confirmed as an immature female Rufous on Sunday Dec. 10. There are many photos of this bird taken by both Sarah's daughter and also by Howard Eskin. Sarah reported that the bird left on a warm, breezy Dec. 18th.

Another noteworthy point is that Sarah was also the hostess of PA's only documented Calliope hummer back in November of 2002.

Including RTHU, CAHU, and RUHU -- Sarah's yard is PA's first documented 3-hummer species yard!

Picture Gallery by Sarah's daughter Madeline on 12/8/06


Montgomery Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Merion Station -- spread-tail view by Howard Eskin
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HY Female Rufous in Merion Station on 12/8/06
Picture by Howard Eskin and courtesy of August Mirabella.

Howard Eskin's Gallery of Merion Station Rufous


Montgomery Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Merion Station -- on feeder
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HY Female Rufous in Merion Station on feeder
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Montgomery Co. -- HY Female Rufous in Merion Station -- perched
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HY Female Rufous in Merion Station perched.
Picture by Sarah's daughter Madeline and courtesy of Sarah Boucas-Neto.

SPECIAL NEWS
West Virginia's First Record Black-chinned Hummer in Bakerton near Harper's Ferry (FO 10/11/06 ↔ LO 1/30/07)
The BCHU was last seen on her favorite vine perch near Lynn Wiseman's back deck being pelted by snow at 3:15 PM on Jan. 30th (LW on WVBIRDS).

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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



IMPORTANT BIRD ALERT!!!

PENNSYLVANIA'S SECOND DOCUMENTED RETURN RUFOUS

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

Lancaster Co. -- Imm. Male Rufous in ??
BANDED 11/9/07 by Wayne L -- FO 11/1/07 ↔ LO 12/28/07

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


Wayne Laubscher reported on PABIRDS that he banded a "subadult male Rufous in northern Lancaster Co. at an undisclosed location on Friday 11/9/07. The bird "has extensive orange coloration and is coming into adult plumage."

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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



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



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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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

Tioga Co. -- Imm. Male Rufous in ?
BANDED 11/1/08 by Wayne L.
FO 10/19/08 ↔ LO 11/4/08


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


Tioga Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in ? - inhand
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Imm. Male Rufous in hand in Tioga Co.
Picture by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.


Tioga Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in ? - spreadtail
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Imm. Male Rufous spreadtail in Tioga Co.
Picture by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

Bob Moul's gallery of the Franklin Co. Rufous


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

Bert Filemyr's gallery of his Selasphorus.

Jeff & Amy's photostream on Flickr


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


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

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/?/09 ↔ LO ??


Geoff Malosh's pix of the Allen's in Lancaster Co.

Bob Moul's pix of the Allen's in Lancaster Co.

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 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.


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 ??


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.)

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


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.


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 ?/?/09 ↔ LO ??


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)


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 ??


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.


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 as 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.

Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana Pennsylvania Winter Hummers
2010-2011
Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped

Allegheny Co. -- Mystery Hummer near McKeesport
NOT BANDED
FO 8/~14/10 ↔ LO 8/14/10


On Sunday, August 15, a caller named Larry from McKeesport reported on Scott Shalaway's "Birds and Nature" show on WMNY-AM that he had observed a hummer at his feeder on Saturday August 14 which had a "brilliant red crown and nothing on the throat."

Through many emails, I have now (as of Wed. 8/18/10) ruled out the possibility that this bird is a color-marked RTHU from further north, especially Canada (fide Jacques Turgeon from Quebec and Cindy Cartwright from Ontario). So the question remains, could this bird possibly have been an Anna's with an unusual molt pattern. We may never know, unless this bird is sighted again, since apparently there were no pix taken in McKeesport.

Montgomery Co. -- Immature Female Rufous in Bryn Mawr
BANDED Dec 3, 2010 by Nick P.
FO ~10/13/10 ↔ LO ?


Nick Pulcinella reported on PABIRDS on Sat. Dec. 4th that he had banded an immature female Rufous hummer at Gale's home in Bryn Mawr on Friday Dec. 3rd.

Gale Rosenman has informed me that she thinks the hummer was first seen sometime around Oct. 13th, and was last observed on Dec. 9th at 4:30 PM. (pers. comm. GR)


Montgomery Co. -- Immature Female Rufous in hand in Bryn Mawr
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Immature Female Rufous in hand.
Picture by and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.


Montgomery Co. -- Immature Female Rufous on feeder in Bryn Mawr
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Immature Female Rufous on feeder - Nov 21, 2010.
Picture by and courtesy of Gale R.

Delaware Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Swarthmore
BANDED Oct. 20, 2010 by Nick P.
FO 10/14/10 ↔ LO 10/20/10


David Eberly's photo page of the Selasphorus in Swarthmore

Al Guarente reported observing a Selasphorus hummer in the yard of David Eberly in Swarthmore on Oct. 14th. David Eberly subsequently reported that the bird was not seen again until Sun. Oct. 17th and was again seen on the 18th. Nick Pulcinella could not entice the bird into a capture cage for banding as of 10/18. From the pix the bird can be identified as an immature male Rufous.

David Eberly reported on PABIRDS that Nick Pulcinella banded the bird after a 7 hr. capture effort on Wednesday Oct. 20. Nick stated in an email that the bird's ID was confirmed as immature male Rufous.

David Eberly reported on PABIRDS on Oct. 23 that the bird was last observed on Wed. Oct. 20. There was a second "green" hummer feeding on pineapple sage at his home at this time.


Delaware Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Swarthmore- flying back view
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Immature Male Rufous - flying back view.
Picture by Adrian Binns and courtesy of David Eberly.


Delaware Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Swarthmore - flying side view
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Immature Male Rufous - flying side view.
Picture by Adrian Binns and courtesy of David Eberly.


Delaware Co. -- Immature Male Rufous in Swarthmore - perched
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Immature Male Rufous - perched.
Picture by Adrian Binns and courtesy of David Eberly.

Montgomery Co. -- Immature Male Selasphorus in Green Lane
NOT BANDED
FO 10/21/10 ↔ LO 10/21/10


Paul Guris' Selasphorus pix page

Paul Guris reported on PABIRDS on Thursday Oct. 21 that there is a Selasphorus in his yard today. Some pix were obtained, with more hopefully on the way. Paul has told me that he is "pretty sure the bird is a sub-adult male Rufous/Allen's type" (pers.comm. PG).

From the pix it's possible to see that this is a different sub-adult Selasphorus bird than the Delaware Co. hummer above, despite the ~39 mile distance between the sites. (RMP)

Paul has informed me that this Selasphorus "was a one day wonder"! (pers.comm. PG)


Montgomery Co. -- Immature Male Selasphorus in Green Lane - perched on feeder
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Immature Male Selasphorus - perched on feeder.
Picture by and courtesy of Paul Guris.


Montgomery Co. -- Immature Male Selasphorus in Green Lane - tail view at feeder
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Immature Male Selasphorus - tail view at feeder.
Picture by and courtesy of Paul Guris.

Lancaster Co. -- Immature Male Allen's near Lititz
BANDED Nov. 7, 2010 by Sandy L. and Scott W.
FO ~10/27/10 ↔ LO 11/13/10 (tentative)


Howard Eskin's Picture Gallery of the Lititz Allen's Hummer

Aherns' Picture Gallery of the Lititz Allen's Hummer

Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS on Mon. Nov. 8th that he and Sandy Lockerman banded another Allen's hummer at the Landis Homes retirement community southeast of Lititz on Sunday Nov. 7th at the home of Mrs. Edith Bailey, a past member of Lancaster Bird Club.

Justin Bosler reported on PABIRDS on Sat. Nov. 13th that the Allen's hummer was last seen at ~9:00 AM that morning after tanking up for about half an hour at the feeder.


Lancaster Co. -- Immature Male Allen's near Lititz - tail view at feeder
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Immature Male Allen's - tail view at feeder.
Picture by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.


Lancaster Co. -- Immature Male Allen's near Lititz - gorget view perched
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Immature Male Allen's - gorget view perched.
Picture by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.

Bucks Co. -- Immature Female Rufous in Yardley
BANDED Dec 16, 2010 by Scott W.
FO ~10/?/10 ↔ LO 01/22/11 (tentative)


Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Yardley Rufous

Douf Filler's Photos of the Yardley Rufous

There are multiple reports on PABIRDS of an immature female Rufous banded in the yard of Barbara Sullivan in Yardley, Bucks Co. which was banded on Thursday Dec. 16 by Scott Weidensaul. The bird has been present since sometime in October.

Howard Eskin reported on PABIRDS that the Yardley Rufous continues through Friday, Jan 21st. Howard has also informed me that Barb Sullivan last saw the bird tanking up at 5:15 PM on Sat. Jan 22nd (HBE pers.comm.).


Bucks Co. -- Immature Female Rufous perched in Yardley
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Immature Female Rufous perched in Yardley.
Picture by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.

Berks Co. -- Adult Female Anna's near Shartlesville
BANDED Nov 21, 2010 by Scott W.
FO ~11/1/10 ↔ LO ~ 3/16/11


Geoff Malosh's picture of the Anna's Hummer

Howard Eskin's original photo study of the Anna's Hummer

Howard Eskin's Berks Co. photo study on Sat. Dec. 4th which includes pix of the Anna's Hummer

Howard Eskin's Berks Co. photo study on Thurs. Feb. 3rd, which includes pix of the Anna's Hummer

Howard Eskin's Berks Co. photo study on Sun. Feb. 20th, with comparisons of the new pix with old pix of the Anna's

Mountain Springs Camping Resort - soon to include pix of the Anna's Hummer

Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS on Sun. Nov 21st that he had just banded PA's first state record Anna's Hummingbird, an adult female, at the home of Renee Gery in the Mountain Springs Campground near Shartlesville. The bird has been coming to a feeder [and now various feeders in the trailer park] since around the end of October or the beginning of November.

Howard Eskin reported on PABIRDS that the Anna's is still visiting the trailer park near Shartlesville through Thurs. Feb. 3, 2011. He also made another photo study that day.

Art Schiavo reported on PABIRDS that he and Fritz Heilman saw the Anna's on Mon Feb 7th and Bob Schutsky reported on PABIRDS that the Anna's was seen between 11 AM and Noon on Tuesday Feb 8th. He also reported that the campground plans to include the hummer on their website in the near future (see link above). Multiple observers reported on PABIRDS that the Anna's was seen on the afternoon of Thurs. Feb 10th.

Howard Eskin reported on PABIRDS that the Anna's is still active at the Mountain Springs Campground and he has posted a new photo study (see link above) with comparisons between new pix from Sunday Feb 20th and older pix over the last several months.

Howard Eskin reported on PABIRDS that the Anna's is still active at the Mountain Springs Campground on Tuesday March 1st, 2011. To the best of my knowledge, she has become only the second documented overwintering hummingbird to stay into March in Pennsylvania!

John Fedak reported on PABIRDS that he and his son saw the Anna's on Sunday March 6th.

Howard Eskin reported on PABIRDS that the Anna's was seen on Sunday morning March 13th.

Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS that the Anna's departed sometime after March 13th. The best estimate is Wednesday March 16th (pers. comm. SW).


Berks Co. -- Adult Female Anna's in Shartlesville - profile view at feeder
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Adult Female Anna's at feeder on Nov. 24th. Note band on right leg.
Picture by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.


Berks Co. -- Adult Female Anna's in Shartlesville - perched on branch on Feb 3rd
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Adult Female Anna's perched on Feb. 3rd. Note band on right leg.
Picture by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.


Berks Co. -- Adult Female Anna's in Shartlesville - perched on branch on Feb 20th
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Adult Female Anna's perched on Feb. 20th near the treatment plant.
Note band on right leg.
Picture by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.

Lehigh Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Fountain Hill
NOT BANDED
FO ~11/10/10 ↔ LO 11/14/10


Howard Eskin's photo study of the Lehigh Co. Selasphorus

Ed Sinkler reported on PABIRDS on Wed. Nov 10th that a hummer was coming to his feeder. Arlene Koch subsequently reported that she observed the bird for a short time that same day and that it was probably a Selasphorus and that the bird had "a lot of markings in the middle of its gorget". Howard Eskin was also there to photograph the bird and we are awaiting those pix.

From Howard Eskin's pix (see above link) the bird can be IDed as an adult female Selasphorus. Scott Weidensaul reported on PABIRDS on Sat. Nov. 13th that he made a banding attempt on Friday Nov. 12th, but the bird could not be captured.

Ed Sinkler reported on PABIRDS on Sun. Nov 14th that the hummer was observed feeding "twice between 7:00 and 7:10 that morning." A second report noted that it "last fed at 8:27 and has not returned."


Lehigh Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Founain Hill - gorget view at feeder
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Adult Female Selasphorus - gorget view at feeder.
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Lehigh Co. -- Adult Female Selasphorus in Founain Hill - tail view at feeder
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Adult Female Selasphorus - tail view at feeder.
Picture by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.

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

Walnutport - Northampton Co PA - thru 1/20/12 [D&RW pers comm]
Hanover - York Co PA - thru 1/15/12 [SL pers comm]
Allentown - Lehigh Co PA - thru 1/13/12 [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]

Julie Zickefoose's Wintering Rufous - click to see full-size image
Pennsylvania
Winter Hummers
2011-2012
Julie Zickefoose's Wintering Rufous - click to see full-size image
Winter Rufous Art by Julie Zickefoose Winter Rufous Art by Julie Zickefoose



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


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 continues through Fri Jan 13th. (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.

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 ?
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 has informed me that the hummer continues through Jan 20th 2012.

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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)

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.

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.

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."

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.

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


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 cotinues to visit the feeder thru Sun Jan 15th.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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


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 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.

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.

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.

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


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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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

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.

Northampton Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Jacobsburg
ALREADY BANDED
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.

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.

Westmoreland Co. -- Probable Adult Male Rufous in Rector
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.

Julie Zickefoose's Wintering Rufous - click to see full-size image
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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.

Julie Zickefoose's Wintering Rufous - click to see full-size image
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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.

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




Adams Co. Imm Male Selasphorus in Biglerville
NOT BANDED
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 at the home of Ann Wright (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 - Leetsdale Selasphorus perched
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Leetsdale Selasphorus perched.
Photo by and courtesy of Mark Vass.


Allegheny Co - Leetsdale Selasphorus Spreadtail by Geoff M
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Leetsdale Selasphorus spreadtail by feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Geoff Malosh.

Allegheny Co. Possible Selasphorus in Pittsburgh (Crafton Heights)
NOT BANDED
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 - Mt Washington Rufous inhand by Kim M
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Pittsburgh-MtWashington Rufous inhand.
Photo by and courtesy of Kim Marasco.


Allegheny Co - Mt Washington Rufous flying near feeder by Doris Dumrauf
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Pittsburgh-MtWashington Rufous flying near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Doris Dumrauf.

Allegheny Co. Probable Adult Male Rufous in Elizabeth Township
NOT BANDED
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 at the home of John Parran (*). FO and LO dates are unknown.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 the home of Sharon Moyer (*) in Fleetwood, where a second bird may also be present, on Fri Nov 16th. The second hummer was LOed Nov 14th. (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 the home of Todd Underwood (*) in Kutztown on Fri Nov 16th.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Berks Co. -- Adult Male Selasphorus in the suburbs
NOT BANDED
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
NOT BANDED
FO 10/14/12 ↔ LO 10/21/12


A probable Hatch-year male Selasphorus was photographed at the home of Rick Schultz (*) in Oley in October.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Berks Co. Imm Male Selasphorus in East Reading
NOT BANDED
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)

Berks Co - Reading Imm Male Selasphorus flying near chain
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Reading Imm Male Selasphorus flying near chain.
Photo by and courtesy of Dorian Stuart.


Berks Co - Reading Imm Male Selasphorus flying near flower
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Reading Imm Male Selasphorus flying near flower.
Photo by and courtesy of Dorian Stuart.


Berks Co - Reading Imm Male Selasphorus on feeder
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Reading Imm Male Selasphorus on feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Dorian Stuart.

Bucks Co. -- Probable Adult Male Broad-tailed in Levittown
NOT BANDED
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)

After the banding of the Bahama Woodstar in April, it would seem probable that this sighting was more likely of that bird than a Broad-tail.


Bucks Co. Black-chin in Morrisville
NOT BANDED
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 - Morrisville BCHU on fdr with tongue out
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Morrisville Black-chin on the feeder with tongue out.
Photo by and courtesy of Rich Dulay.


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 - Pipersville Allen's in a shrub by August Mirabella
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Pipersville Allen's in a shrub.
Photo by and courtesy of August Mirabella.
Bucks Co - Pipersville Allen's in a shrub by Howard Eskin
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Pipersville Allen's in a shrub on Nov 15th.
Photo by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.
Bucks Co - Pipersville Allen's on Babe Webster's feeder Nov 28th by Howard Eskin
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Pipersville Allen's on Babe Webster's feeder Nov 28th.
Photo by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.
Bucks Co - Pipersville Allen's flying on Dec 6th by Howard Eskin
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Pipersville Allen's flying/turning on Dec 6th.
Note gorget development and irridescent green back.
Photo by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.

Bucks Co. -- Selasphorus in Quakertown/Milford Square
NOT BANDED
FO 9/26/12 ↔ LO 11/23/12


Scott Weidensaul has informed me that a Selasphorus was present in Quakertown. This location has been updated to Milford Square. (pers. comm. SW + Tally)

August Mirabella has graciously informed me that the host (Butch Lishman *) told another party who shall remain unnamed who told him that this Selasphorus was last seen Nov 23rd. (pers comm AM)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 at the home of Janet Mott (*) in Quakertown. There is additional info that this was in Kintnersville. (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 "Liz" Nelson that Nick Pulcinella successfully banded her Adult Male Rufous on Wed Nov 28th. (pers comm NN)

Chester Co - Ad Male Rufous inhand
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Adult Male Rufous inhand.
Photo by Nick Pulcinella and courtesy of Naomi Nelson.


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 perched
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 - Imm Male Calliope backshot
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Imm Male Calliope backview.
Photo by and courtesy of Joe Flood.


Chester Co - Imm Male Calliope - front
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Imm Male Calliope frontview.
Photo by and courtesy of Joe Flood.


Chester Co - Imm Male Calliope - tail
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Imm Male Calliope spreadtail.
Note the small amount of rufous coloration on the outer rectrices.
Photo by and courtesy of Thyra Sperry.

Chester Co. Female Selasphorus in West Grove
NOT BANDED
FO 10/2/12 ↔ LO 10/3/12


There was a female Selasphorus at the home of Molly Daly (*), a previous Rufous host in 2005, for 2 days in early October in West Grove, and there was a photo. (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Chester Co. Adult Female Selasphorus in West Chester
NOT BANDED
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 - GB's Rufous near feeder
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Chadds Ford - Imm Male Rufous near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Nick Pulcinella.

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. This was at the home of Jennifer Farishon (*). However, I have recieved in late February a LO date - Feb 15th. (pers comm SL thru SW)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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.

Clarion Co - Carole Winslow's probable Selasphorus on a feeder
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Sligo - Imm Female Rufous on feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Carole Winslow.


Clarion Co - Carole Winslow's Rufous hovering above feeder
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Winslows' Imm Female Rufous hovering near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Michael R. Leahy.

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) This was at the home of Susan Miller (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Cumberland Co. Unknown Selasphorus in Lemoyne
NOT BANDED
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
NOT BANDED
FO ? ↔ LO 12/1/12


Two Selasphorus were reported by Lanny Chambers in Mt. Holly Springs; I'm not sure how Lanny got his report/info.

Cumberland Co. Probable Selasphorus near Mechanicsburg
NOT BANDED
FO "early fall" ↔ LO 12/6/12


In Dec 2013, along with a PABirds post reporting a banded Rufous at a location near Williams Down Speedway near Mechanicsburg, Sandy Lockerman also stated that this location had a hummer at their feeder in 2012 until Dec 6th. Sandy Lockerman has also told me that this hummer was there "all fall" (pers comm SL).

Dauphin Co. -- Selasphorus in Harrisburg
NOT BANDED
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 at the home of Ed Bernot (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Dauphin Co. Selasphorus near Hummelstown
NOT BANDED
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 10/27/12


Sandy Lockerman banded an immature female Rufous at the home of Ann Toth (*) in Middletown on Oct 19th. (SW Tally)

Erie Co. Possible Selasphorus in Northeast
NOT BANDED
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.

Franklin Co - Lauver Selasphorus on feeder
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Roxbury Selasphorus on feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Dale L. Gearhart.

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 - East Waterford Rufous perched
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East Waterford Rufous perched.
Photo by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.

Juniata Co. Selasphorus in Thompsontown
NOT BANDED
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 October at the home of Suzan Sidney (*) in Thompsontown.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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.

Juniata Co - Port Royal Selasphorus perched in an evergreen
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Port Royal Selasphorus perched in an evergreen.
Photo by and courtesy of Betty Klase.

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 - Adult Male Rufous inhand face
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Tshudy Adult Male Rufous inhand - face.
Photo by and courtesy of J. Eric Witmer.


Lancaster Co - Lancaster Co - Adult Male Rufous inhand - top of head
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Tshudy Adult Male Rufous inhand - top of head.
Photo by and courtesy of J. Eric Witmer.


Lancaster Co - Lancaster Co - Adult Male Rufous sitting on feeder
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Tshudy Adult Male Rufous sitting on feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Jim Tshudy.

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
NOT BANDED
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 - Ephrata Imm Male Rufous near feeder
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Ephrata Imm Male Rufous near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of J. Eric Witmer.


Lancaster Co - Ephrata Imm Male Rufous near feeder by Meredith Lombard on Dec 15th - gorget
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Ephrata Imm Male Rufous near feeder showing gorget on Dec 15th.
Photo by and courtesy of Meredith Lombard.


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

Andy McGann's YouTube video of the Lancaster CAHU posted on Dec 2nd

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 - Lancaster Imm Male Calliope near feeder
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Lancaster Imm Male Calliope near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Bob and Amy Weiss.

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 - Lancaster Adult Female Rufous perched showing band
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Lancaster Rufous perched in Hemlock showing band.
Photo by and courtesy of Meredith Lombard.

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. This was at the home of Dennis Moore (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Lancaster Co. Female Selasphorus in Lititz
NOT BANDED
FO 10/7/12 ↔ LO 10/21/12


A female Selasphorus was IDed by photos at the home of Dave Kubinsky (*) in Lititz in October. (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Lancaster Co. Female Selasphorus in Conestoga
NOT BANDED
FO ~10/10/12 ↔ LO 10/10/12


A female Selasphorus was IDed by photo at the home of Sandi Lownsbery (*) in Conestoga around Oct 10th. (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Lancaster Co. Female Selasphorus in Lancaster
NOT BANDED
FO ~10/10/12 ↔ LO ?


A female Selasphorus was IDed by photo at the home of Sandi Bonenberger (*) in Lancaster in October. (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013


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.

Meredith Lombard's video of the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar perched in a tree (includes a tongue shot).

ABA Blog page on the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar

NemesisBird page on the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar

PennLive page on the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar with Video Interview

Lancaster Online page on the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar with Video by Meredith Lombard

YouTube Video of the Denver PA Bahama Woodstar with Video by Meredith Lombard

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.

Lanc Co - Denver PA Male Bahama Woodstar perched with spreadtail  - 04/23/13 - by Meredith Lombard
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Bahama Woodstar perched with tail spread.
Photo by and courtesy of Meredith Lombard.


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 - Upper Macungie HY Selasphorus at pink Ivy Geranium flowers
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'Bandy' feeding on Ivy Geranium on Sept 17th.
Photo by and courtesy of Alane L. Younger.


Lehigh Co - Upper Macungie HY female Rufous perched with tongue out
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'Bandy' with tongue out on Oct 9th.
Photo by and courtesy of Alane L. Younger.


Lehigh Co - Upper Macungie #2 hummie - HY male Selasphorus at flowers
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ALY's No 2 Selasphorus at flowers.
Photo by and courtesy of Alane L. Younger.


Lehigh Co - Upper Macungie #2 hummie - HY male Selasphorus spreadtail from front at flowers
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ALY's No 2 Selasphorus spreadtail.
Photo by and courtesy of Alane L. Younger.

Lehigh Co. Imm Male Selasphorus in Emmaus
NOT BANDED
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 - Karen Hoger (*) - 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)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 - Emmaus Imm Male Selasphorus near red flowers 1
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Emmaus Imm Male Selasphorus near red flowers.
Photo by and courtesy of RainbowCats18.


Lehigh Co - Emmaus Imm Male Selasphorus near red flowers 2
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Emmaus Imm Male Selasphorus near red flowers.
Photo by and courtesy of RainbowCats18.

Lehigh Co. -- Imm Female Selasphorus in Allentown
NOT BANDED
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 at the home of Mark Strohl (*), he did not see the bird.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

The ID on this hummer has been changed to HY female. (SW Tally)

Lehigh Co. -- Selasphorus in Coopersburg
NOT BANDED
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) This was at the home of Ilona Ziega (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Lehigh Co. -- Selasphorus in Zionsville
NOT BANDED
FO 10/19/12 ↔ LO ~10/27/12


A Selasphorus was reported in October at the home of Chris Stamper (*), 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 at the home of Debbie Kear (*) since October.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 - Ziniewicz Rufous near feeder
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Mountaintop - Luzerne Co Rufous near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Bernice Ziniewicz.


Luzerne Co - Ziniewicz Rufous near feeder - tailshot
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Mountaintop - Luzerne Co Rufous tailshot near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Bernice Ziniewicz.

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 at the home of Denise Gretton (*). No other details are available. (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 - Nate Fronk's #2 pic of the Tule Im Fem Rufous in Muncy
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Muncy Rufous flying near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Nate Fronk.

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
NOT BANDED
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)

Lycoming Co - Wayne L's pic of Ad Fem Rufous in Cogan Station perched
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Cogan Station Rufous perched.
Photo by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.

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 hummingbirds 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 home of Jeff Blaisedell (*), 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.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

McKean Co - Ad Fem RUHU perched on Jan 1st by John Fedak
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Bradford adult female Rufous perched on Jan 1st.
Photo by and courtesy of John Fedak.

Monroe Co. -- Selasphorus in Shawnee
NOT BANDED
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. This was at the home of Jim Wykoff (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Monroe Co. -- Selasphorus in Tannersville
NOT BANDED
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) This was at the home of Denise Roseti (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 - Paul Driver's Selasphorus flying near feeder - RTHU
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Elkins Park Selasphorus flying near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Paul Driver.


Montgomery Co - Paul Driver's Selasphorus perched tail shot
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Elkins Park hummer perched showing tail for positive ID as Selasphorus.
Photo by and courtesy of Paul Driver.

Montgomery Co. Adult Female Rufous in Meadowbrook section of Abington Twnshp
BANDED 12/21/12 by Scott W.
FO 10/16/12 ↔ LO ?
CBC BIRD


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 - Bert Filemyr's Selasphorus perched spreadtail shot
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Meadowbrook hummer perched showing spreadtail for positive ID as Selasphorus.
Photo by and courtesy of Bert Filemyr.

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 - Pennsville Rufous hover by Howard Eskin
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Pennsburg Rufous in midair.
Photo by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.

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
NOT BANDED
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 - Gilbertsville Rufous Spreadtail by Howard Eskin
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Gilbertsville Rufous spreadtail approaching feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.


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 - Lansdale Allen's on feeder with tongue out by Howard Eskin
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Lansdale Allen's on feeder with tongue out.
Photo by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.


Montgomery Co - Lansdale Allen's on feeder in early October by Lavoies
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Lansdale Allen's on feeder in early October.
Photo by and courtesy of the Lavoies.

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 at the home of Abby Mason (*),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.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Montgomery Co. Imm Male Selasphorus in Ardmore
NOT BANDED
FO 10/18/12 ↔ LO 1/18/13


An immature male Selasphorus spent 3 months in Ardmore where the humhost - Suzanne Kinmball (*) - would not permit banding. The hummer left in mid-January. (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Montgomery Co. Female Selasphorus in Hatfield
NOT BANDED
FO 10/late/12 ↔ LO ~11/21/12


A female Selasphorus, only reported after departure from the home of Ed Bonsell (*) in Hatfield, was IDed by photos and video. (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Montgomery Co. Female Selasphorus in Horsham
NOT BANDED
FO 11/7/12 ↔ LO ?


A female Selasphorus in Horsham was IDed by photos at the home of Don Loose (*). (SW Tally)

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 1 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 - Walnutport Ad Female Rufous on feeder by Dave Wagner
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Walnutport Adult Female Rufous on feeder Jan 23rd.
Note broken maxillary tip which confirms this ID as a return hummer!
Photo by and courtesy of Dave Wagner.


Northampton Co. -- Selasphorus near Jacobsburg State Park in Nazareth
NOT BANDED
FO 10/?/12 ↔ LO 11/10/12
Northampton Co. -- Adult Male Selasphorus near Jacobsburg State Park
NOT BANDED
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. This was at the home of Terry and Don Strockoz (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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
NOT BANDED
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 - [Dee Brothers (*)] - 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."

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Northampton Co. -- Selasphorus near Walnutport
NOT BANDED
FO 10/16/12 ↔ LO ?


On Oct 16th, Rick Wiltraut reported a Selasphorus at a location near Walnutport where Selasphorus have been reported in previous years. This was at the home of Brad Silfie (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Perry Co. -- Imm Male Selasphorus in Marysville
NOT BANDED
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.

Perry Co - Marysville Ad Male Rufous near feeder by Wayne Laubscher
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Marysville Adult Male Rufous near feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.

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 - Berlin Rufous inhand on Dec 19th by Bob Mulvihill
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Berlin Rufous inhand on Dec 19th.
Photo by and courtesy of Bob Mulvihill.

Somserset Co. -- Selasphorus in Somerset
NOT BANDED
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
NOT BANDED
FO ? ↔ LO ?


On Oct 31st, a hummer was reported in the yard of Debra Flower (*) in Lymanville which is bisected by the Susquehanna/Wyoming Co border. ID from a photo was female Selasphorus.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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. This was at the home of Candy Messinger (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

Many thanks to Deb Kline for providing the FO and LO dates and a picture for this Rufous. (pers comm DK)

York Co - Hanover Rufous perched on Nov 19th by Deb Kline
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Hanover Rufous perched on Nov 19th.
Photo by and courtesy of Deb Kline.

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. This was at the home of Dan Heathcote (*).

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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 at the home of Karen Gunnet (*) right after Hurricane Sandy.

* - Name added after publication in "Western Hummingbirds in Pennsylvania - the Invasion of 2012" by Scott Weidensaul in Pennsylvania Birds V26 No4 Issued April 2013

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.




Allegheny Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Carnegie
BANDED 11/1/13 by Bob M.
FO 10/31/13 ↔ LO 1/3/14


Scott Kinzey's Flickr photos of the Carnegie Rufous

Shannon Thompson's Flickr photos of the Carnegie Rufous on Sun Nov 10th

Scott Kinzey posted on PABirds on Thurs Oct 31st that he first observed a male Rufous hummingbird coming to his deck at 7:43 AM that morning. This is Scott's second Rufous; he previously hosted a female Rufous in 2011.

Scott Kinzey again posted on PABirds on Fri Nov 1st that the adult male Rufous was banded that day after having first arrived at 7:35 AM that morning. It "had a greener back than average but well within range". It was last seen for the day at 2:11 PM.

Shannon Thompson posted on PABirds on Mon Nov 11th, that she had photographed the adult male Rufous at Scott Kinzey's on Sunday Nov 10th. Link is above.

Scott Kinzey posted on PABirds on Tues Nov 26th and again on Thurs Dec 12th, that the adult male Rufous is still present at his feeders and is still spending time in his neighbor's crabapple tree.

Scott Kinzey posted on PABirds on Fri Dec 27th that his Rufous was still present, and again on Sat Jan 4th that the Rufous was last seen the afternoon of Fri Jan 3rd.


Carnegie Rufous perched in crabapple tree- photo by Shannon Thompson
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Carnegie Rufous perched in crabapple tree.
Photo by and courtesy of Shannon Thompson.

Berks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Shillington
BANDED 11/3/13 by Scott W.
FO ~10/20/13 ↔ LO 1/8/14


Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Sun Nov 3rd that he banded an adult female rufous hummingbird today at the home of Jim and Joanne Smoker in Shillington.

Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Fri Nov 8th that the Smokers' RUHU was last seen Thurs morning Nov 7th. However, Scott subsequently posted on Sun Nov 17th that the hummer returned and has been present since Nov 12th.

On Fri Jan 3rd I got a forwarded email from J Smoker that the Rufous nicknamed 'Lady Sarah' was still present. (pers comm SW) And Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Mon Jan 6th that she was still present on Sun Jan 5th, but stated in a major update on PABirds on Thur Jan 9th that the hummer left the afternoon of Wed Jan 8th.

Berks Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Stony Creek Mills outside Reading
BANDED 11/9/13 by Scott W.
FO ? ↔ LO 1/4/14


Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Sat Nov 9th that he banded an adult female rufous hummingbird today at the home of Marie and Bill Hartranft in Reading. There is also a second hummer at this location which was not seen that day and which remains unidentified. These hummers were referred by Jack Holcomb, whose WEEU show "Jack's Backyard" has now produced three Berks County hummers in just the past few weeks.

Scott posted on PABirds on Sun Nov 17th that this Rufous continues thru Sat Nov 16th. He spent time that Saturday trying to get a look at the mystery second hummer, without success.

Scott Weidensaul let me know on Fri Jan 3rd that this hummer in Reading was still present, but posted on PABirds on Mon Jan 6th that it left on Sat morning Jan 4th after feeding hard for several hours. (pers comm SW)

Centre Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Lemont near State College
BANDED 11/9/13 by Wayne L.
FO 10/27/13 ↔ LO 1/7/14


Alex Lamoreaux' photos of the Centre Co Rufous on NemesisBird

Alex Lamoreaux posted on PABirds on Sat Nov 9th that Wayne Laubscher banded an adult female Rufous at Mary Ziegler's home in Lemont near State College. The hummer has been visiting since October 27th but was just reported to local birders that morning.

Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds on Sat Dec 7th that the Lemont Rufous is still on site.

Alex Lamoreaux posted on PABirds on Sun Dec 15th that he and Anna Fasoli saw the Lemont Rufous during the afternoon of Sat Dec 14th.

Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds on Wed Dec 18th that the Lemont Rufous was still on site as of Tues Dec 17th.

Mary Ziegler posted on PABirds on Sun Dec 22nd that her Rufous was seen on Friday, but not Saturday, but returned to the feeders again on that Sun morning.

Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds on Thur Dec 26th that the Lemont Rufous was still present.

Mary Ziegler informed me on Fri Jan 3rd that she last saw her Rufous that morning at 7:20 AM, and then posted that on PABirds on Sat Jan 4th. (pers comm MZ) However she reposted on Sun Jan 5th that her Rufous had returned that afternoon. However, Scott Weidensaul included in his major update on PABirds on Thur Jan 9th that this hummer was last seen on Tues Jan 7th.


Centre Co - Lemont Rufous perched back view- photo by Wayne Laubscher
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Lemont Rufous perched - back view.
Photo by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.


Cumberland Co. -- Return Adult Female Rufous in Mechanicsburg
PREVIOUOSLY BANDED 11/16/12
FO 11/12/13 ↔ LO ?



Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds on Thurs Nov 14th, that after banding the adult male BCHU in Franklin Co the morning of Wed Nov 13th, she proceeded to Mechanicsburg, where a returning adult female RUHU which she had banded last Nov 16th was captured and confirmed to be PA's second same-site returnee of the season.

Alex Lamoreaux posted on PABirds on Sat Nov 30th that the Rufous along Lisburn Rd (south of Mechanicsburg) was still present that afternoon.

Cumberland Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near Mechanicsburg
BANDED 12/10/13
FO ? ↔ LO ?


Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds on Tues Dec 10th, that she banded an adult female Rufous in the Mechanicsburg area, near Williams Grove Speedway. An "Interesting note is that the homeowners had a hummingbird at their feeder last year until Dec 6th".

Erie Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Edinboro
BANDED 10/24/13 by Bob M.
FO ~10/7/13 ↔ LO 12/16/13


Jerry McWilliams posted on PABirds on Tues Oct 22nd that Jamie Hill checked out a late hummer present for several weeks in Edinboro on Mon Oct 21st, and saw orange on the base of the rectrices. Photos were pending on Tues Oct 22nd.

Bob Mulvihill posted on Facebook on Thurs Oct 24th that along with June Bernard he banded an adult female Rufous at this Edinboro location that morning.

According to an Erie Co. bird sightings reports Sun Dec 8th and again Sun Dec 15th on PABirds by Jerry McWilliams, the Edinboro Rufous is still on site.

However, I have received a report from the humhostess that this Rufous - nicknamed "Rufina" - was LOed at 10 AM on Mon Dec 16th. (pers comm SW)


Erie Co - Edinboro Rufous inhand frontal view- photo by June Bernard
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Edinboro Rufous inhand during banding.
Photo by and courtesy of June Bernard.

Erie Co. -- Unconfirmed Selasphorus in Guys Mills
NOT BANDED
FO 10/?/13 ↔ LO ?


Bob Mulvihill posted on Facebook on Thurs Oct 24th that he investigated a second possible Erie Co Selasphorus which had been reported in Guys Mills, but the bird was a no-show, because of the "snow-show"!

Fayette Co -- Probable Adult Female Selasphorus in Champion
NOT BANDED
FO ? ↔ LO 1/4/14


On Fri Jan 3rd, I was informed that Scott Weidensaul has been in touch with people south of Seven Springs in Fayette Co who have a female hummer which they describe as having a gorget. They have pix, but have not sent them yet. ID for now is probable Selasphorus and the FO date is unknown at this time. (pers comm SW)

Scott Weidensaul included in his major update on Thur Jan 9th that this hummer was last seen on Sat Jan 4th.

Franklin Co. -- Juvenile Female Rufous in Newburg
BANDED 11/3/13 by Bob M.
FO 11/2/13 ↔ LO 1/3/14


Bill Oyler posted on PABirds on Sun Nov 3rd that Bob Mulvihilll banded a juvenile female rufous hummingbird today at the home of Dick and Kathy Lauver in Newburg. The Lauvers also hosted a Rufous last season. Congrats to the repeat RUHU-hosts.

Bob Mulvihill posted on Facebook that he banded this Rufous at the Lauvers after visiting the Allegheny Front Hawkwatch that Sunday.

Dale Gearhart posted on PABirds on Thur Dec 26th and Sun Dec 29th that the Lauvers' Rufous is still coming to their feeder. Dale once again posted on Sun Jan 5th stating that the Rufous was last seen at 4:53 PM on Fri Jan 3rd.


Franklin Co - Newburg Rufous inhand frontal view- photo by Bob Mulvihill
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Newburg Rufous inhand during banding.
Photo by and courtesy of Bob Mulvihill.


Franklin Co. -- Adult Male Black-chinned in Shady Grove (Greencastle)
BANDED 11/13/13 by Sandy L.
FO ~11/1/13 ↔ LO 11/25/13



NemesisBird page with a photo and video by Alex Lamoreaux

Tumblr page with video on Nov 15th by Dr. Andy Wilson (Flash Player Required)

Meredith Lombard's Flickr set with photos and video of the BCHU from 11/16/13

Hank Davis' photos of the BCHU from 11/19/13

Dale Gearhart posted on PABirds on Wed Nov 13th that Sandy Lockerman had banded an adult male Black-chinned Hummer at his home that morning. The bird had been first seen around the beginning of November. This is PA's second record BCHU, the first being IDed by photo last year.

Dale Gearhart posted on PABirds on Sat Nov 16th that the BCHU had been seen several times that morning and was seen again Sunday morning. Meredith Lombard posted on PABirds on Sunday Nov 17th, that "along with about half of the Lancaster Co Bird Club" she saw the BCHU on Sat Nov 16th. Link to photos and video is above.

Hank Davis posted on PABirds on Tues Nov 19th that he spent 1 hrs that day watching the BCHU feed at least a dozen times. A link to his photos is above.

After daily posts noting the early morning presence of the BCHU, Dale Gearhart posted on PABirds on Tues Nov 26th that the BCHU did not show up at his feeders that morning.


Franklin Co - BCHU -frontal view- vidcap from Nov 15th video by Andy Wilson
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Black-chin near feeder - vidcap from Nov 15th video by Andy Wilson.
Vidcap by Rob Protz and courtesy of Andy Wilson.

Franklin Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Greencastle
BANDED 11/19/13 by Sandy L.
FO 10/late/13 ↔ LO 11/24/13


Sandy Lockerman has informed me that there was an adult female Rufous banded in Greencastle, near the Black-chin, and a few days after the BCHU, which was LOed on Nov 24th. According to the host, the hummer first arrived sometime in late October. (pers comm SL x3)

Lancaster Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Reinholds
BANDED 10/29/13 by Scott W.
FO ~9/?/13 ↔ LO ?


On Tuesday Oct 29th Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds that he banded an adult male Rufous that afternoon at the home of Robert and Doris Kopp in Reinholds, Lancaster County. The bird has been present since sometime in September.

Lancaster Co. -- LATE Imm Male Ruby-throat in Peach Bottom
NOT BANDED
FO 11/1/13 ↔ LO 11/2/13


On Saturday Nov 2nd, Bob Schutsky posted on PABirds about an unusual hummer seen at his location on Fri 11/1 and Sat 11/2. Bob saw is for 5 sec. Friday, and Bob and Tom Amico both saw it ~10 times on Saturday between 9 and 11 AM. Distribution of pix has elicited opinions leaning toward young male Broad-tailed Hummingbird, or an unidentified hybrid. Further ID is pending.

Bob Schutsky informed me that the ID is still under debate as of Sun Nov 3rd (pers comm BS), and then posted on PABirds that Scott Weidensaul and Arlene Koch are thinking RTHU. I have a personal ID comment from Sheri Williamson, author of the Field Guide to the Hummingbirds, who also identifies this hummer as a late RTHU (pers comm SW).

Bob also confirmed the previous report of this late RTHU being LOed around 11 AM on Sat Nov 2nd. (pers comm BS and PABirds)


Lancaster Co - Peach Bottom RTHU gorget - photo by Tom Amico
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Late RTHU in Peach Bottom showing gorget.
Photo by Tom Amico and courtesy of Tom Amico and Bob Schutsky.


Lancaster Co - Peach Bottom RTHU wing - photo by Tom Amico
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Late RTHU in Peach Bottom showing wing.
Photo by Tom Amico and courtesy of Tom Amico and Bob Schutsky.

Lehigh Co. -- Selasphorus in Emmaus
NOT BANDED
FO 9/21/13 ↔ LO ?


Dan Dugan's Flickr Photostream with a Photo of his Selasphorus

Dan Dugan posted on PABirds on Sun Sept 22nd that he observed and photographed a Selasphorus hummer at his feeder on Saturday Sept 21st. His photo linked above confirmed the ID as Selasphorus, but since the back is not visible, it's difficult to ascertain whether it's male or female.


Lehigh Co - Emmaus Selasphorus in midair - photo by Dan Dugan
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Emmaus Selasphorus hovering in midair.
Photo by and courtesy of Dan Dugan.

Lehigh Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Allentown
BANDED 11/10/13 by Scott W.
FO 11/7/13 ↔ LO 1/3/14
CBC Bird


Chris Bortz' Video of the Allentown Rufous - perched in a tree 11/30/13

Chris Bortz' Pix of the Allentown Rufous

Johnathan Mularczyk's Gallery of the Allentown Rufous on Nov 16th

Barbara Malt's Blogspot page with 2 videos of her 'Ruhu' feeding in the snow on Sun Dec 8th



Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Sun Nov 10th that he banded an adult female Rufous in Allentown at an undisclosed location.

Scott again posted on PABirds on Tues Nov 19th, that this hummer is at the home of Lehigh Valley Audubon member Barbara Malt.

Barbara Malt posted on PABirds on Fri Nov 29th that her Rufous is still there.

Chris Bortz posted on PABirds on Sat Nov 30th that he got pix and video of the Allentown Rufous. See links above.

Barbara Malt posted on PABirds on Thurs Dec 5th and again on Thurs Dec 12th, that her Rufous was still on site.

Barbara Malt posted on PABirds on Thurs Dec 5th and again on Thurs Dec 12th, and again on Thurs Dec 26th that her Rufous was still present and had been counted on the Lehigh Valley CBC on Dec 14th. However she posted on PABirds on Sat Jan 4th that the Rufous was last seen at 4:45 PM the afternoon of Fri Jan 3rd.


Lehigh Co - Allentown Rufous in midair showing gorget - photo by Chris Bortz
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Allentown Rufous in midair showing gorget.
Photo by and courtesy of Chris Bortz.

Lehigh Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Macungie
BANDED 11/23/13 by Scott W.
FO ? ↔ LO ?


Chris Bortz' 1st Video of the Macungie Rufous - at the feeder 11/30/13

Chris Bortz' 2nd Video of the Macungie Rufous - perched in a bush 11/30/13

Chris Bortz' 3rd Video of the Macungie Rufous - perched in a bush 11/30/13

Chris Bortz' Pix of the Macungie Rufous



Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Sun Nov 24th that he banded an adult female Rufous the previous day at the home of Wendi and Bill Wetzel in Macungie.

Chris Bortz posted on PABirds on Sat Nov 30th that he got pix and video of the Macungie Rufous. See links above.


Lehigh Co - Macungie Rufous spreadtailed in midair - photo by Chris Bortz
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Macungie Rufous spreadtailed in midair.
Photo by and courtesy of Chris Bortz.

Lycoming Co. -- Hatch-Year Female Rufous near Muncy
BANDED 10/15/13 by Wayne L.
FO ~10/8/13 ↔ LO 11//24/13


On Tuesday Oct 15th Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds that he banded a hatch-year female Rufous hummer near Muncy that morning. This location is near the locations of 2 other Rufous which he banded last season. Visitation is not permitted for this hummer.

On Sat Oct 26th, Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds that the Muncy Rufous was seen on Fri Oct 25th. I subsequently received the LO date of Nov 24th from Wayne by email.


Lycoming Co - Muncy Rufous on feeder - photo by Wayne Laubscher
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Muncy Rufous on feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.


Lycoming Co. -- After Hatch-Year Female Rufous in Unityville
ALREADY BANDED 11/3/12 (foreign recap)
FO ~10/29/13 ↔ LO 11/25/13



On Wednesday Nov 13th Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds that he captured an already banded after hatch-year female Rufous hummer in Unityville on Tuesday Nov 12th. The information from the federal Bird Banding Lab was that it had been banded on 11/3/12 as a hatch year bird at Prince Frederick, Maryland which is about 30 miles SE of Washington DC. This is Pennsylvania's 4th live "foreign recaptured" Rufous!


Lycoming Co - Unityville Rufous on feeder - photo by Wayne Laubscher
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Unityville Rufous on feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.

Mercer Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Jackson Twnshp
BANDED 10/27/13 by Bob M.
FO 10/26/13 ↔ LO ?


Steve Sanford posted on PABirds on Sun Oct 27th that he and Suzanne Butcher observed an adult male Rufous at the feeder at Neil Troyers' house on Sat Oct 26th. There is also a report of a Selasphorus hummer at a neighbor's house, but that could, of course, be the same hummer.

Bob Mulvihill posted on Facebook and I got an email from Steve Sanford about the banding of this beautiful adult male Rufous on Sun Oct 27th. There are pix by Geoff Malosh on Facebook posted by Bob.

Shannon Thompson posted on PABirds on Tues Oct 29th that she visited the Troyer residence that afternoon, but the RUHU was a no-show, and had not been seen since the previous afternoon.

This Rufous continues thru Nov 30th as reported to Bob Mulvihill as posted on PABirds in the Dec 19th Western PA RBA by Amy Taracido.


Montgomery Co. -- Return Adult Female Rufous in Harleysville
PREVIOUSLY BANDED [L04770] 3/1/13 (same-site recap)
FO 10/?/13 ↔ LO 12/9/13



Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Harleysville RUHU March 5, Nov 5th, and Nov 9th, 2013

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Harleysville RUHU Nov 11th, 2013

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Harleysville RUHU Nov 13th, 2013

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Harleysville RUHU Nov 15th, 2013

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Harleysville RUHU Nov 18th, 2013

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Harleysville RUHU Nov 21st, 2013

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Harleysville RUHU Nov 25th, 2013

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Harleysville RUHU Dec 2nd, 2013

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the Harleysville RUHU Dec 4th, 2013

Howard Eskin posted on PABirds on Sat Nov 9th, that Scott Weidensaul successfully recaptured a previously banded adult female Rufous at the same location where it was banded on March 1st in Harleysville that same day. The hummer hosts here remain confidential. Scott Weidensaul followed up with a PABirds post of his own about this hummer and one other banded Nov 9th.

Howard Eskin has continued to do photo studies of this hummer since he lives nearby. See links above. The LO date of Dec 9th is fide HBE as well.


Montgomery Co - Harleysville RUHU midair- photo by Howard Eskin
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Harleysville Rufous in midair on Nov 9th.
Photo by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.

Montgomery Co. -- Imm Male Rufous in Jenkintown
BANDED 11/25/13 by Scott W.
FO 11/9/13 ↔ LO ?


Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Mon Nov 26th that he banded a handsome immature male rufous hummer at the home of Ann Sheedy in Jenkintown, Montgomery County that afternoon.

Montgomery Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Hatfield
BANDED 12/12/13 by Scott W.
FO 9/28/13 ↔ LO 12/14/13


Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the MontCo Hatfield Selasphorus Dec 4th, 2013

Howard Eskin's Photo Study of the MontCo Hatfield Rufous Dec 12th, 2013

Howard Eskin posted on PABirds on Wed Dec 4th that he had photographed both the return Rufous in Harleysville and another Selasphorus bird which may be banded on Friday Dec 6th. His photo study gives the location of that bird as Hatfield in Montgomery Co.

Howard Eskin posted on PABirds on Thurs Dec 12th that Scott Weidensaul banded the Hatfield hummer and confirmed the ID as adult female Rufous (which had been quite obvious from Howards prior pix). A link to his photo study with pix from the week prior to banding, pix of the banding, and post-banding pix is above. The LO date of Dec 14th is fide HBE as well.


Montgomery Co - Hatfield RUHU midair- photo by Howard Eskin
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Hatfield Rufous in midair on Dec 4th.
Photo by and courtesy of Howard Eskin.

Northampton Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near Nazareth
BANDED 11/30/13 by Sandy L.
FO ? ↔ LO 1/4/14


Sandy Lockerman posted on PABirds on Sat Nov 30th that she banded an adult female rufous hummer in the Nazareth area.

Scott Weidensaul let me know on Fri Jan 3rd that this hummer in Nazareth was still present. (pers comm SW) However, Scott included in his major update on Thur Jan 9th on PABirds that this hummer departed on Sat Jan 4th.

Northumberland Co. -- Adult Male Rufous in Watsontown
BANDED 8/30/13 by Wayne L.
FO ~8/15/13 ↔ LO 1/2/14


Kate Hastings Flickr Photostream with Pix of "Ru"

Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds on Mon Aug 26th that there is a probable adult male Rufous in the Watsontown area of Northumberland Co. He does have pix of the bird and a banding attempt is pending. A second post on Tues Aug 27th confirmed the ID as adult male Rufous, identified the hostess as Kate Hastings, and reported that a banding attempt that day was not successful. Visitors are welcome to see this hummer.

After Wayne had informed me of an unsuccessful banding attempt on Wed Aug 28th, he posted on PABirds on Fri Aug 30th that he successfully caught and banded this previously unbanded Rufous that morning.

On Thursday Sept 19th, Kate Hastings posted on PABirds that 'Ru', her adult male Rufous was still on site and was now less skittish of visitors. He had now been there for 5 weeks.

On Tuesday Sept 24th, Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds that the Rufous in Watsontown continues, and is defending all the yard feeders.

On Wedneday Oct 9th, Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds that the Rufous in Watsontown was seen on Tues Oct 8th in the morning and late afternoon, and again on Tuesday Oct 15th that 'Ru' was seen that morning.

On Tues Dec 3rd, Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds that 'Ru' continues in Watsontown and has now been onsite for 3 months, followed by another post on Sat Dec 7th noting the same. Another post by Wayne on Wed Dec 18th reported this hummer now on site for over 4 months and continuing thru Tues Dec 17th.

Wayne Laubscher posted on PABirds on Thurs Dec 26th that the Watsontown Rufous was present thru Wed. Dec 25th, then again on Tues Dec 31st that 'Ru' was present thru Mon Dec 30th. I subsequently received the LO date of Jan 2nd from Wayne by email.


Northumberland Co - Watsontown RUHU on feeder- photo by Kate Hastings
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Watsontown Rufous ("Ru") on feeder Aug 25th.
Photo by and courtesy of Kate Hastings.


Northumberland Co - Watsontown RUHU perched on branch 8/27/13 - photo by Wayne Laubscher
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Watsontown Rufous ("Ru") perched on a branch Aug 27th.
Photo by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.


Northumberland Co - Watsontown RUHU perched on branch 9/24/13 - photo by Wayne Laubscher
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Watsontown Rufous ("Ru") perched on a branch Sept 24th.
Photo by and courtesy of Wayne Laubscher.

Schuylkill Co. -- Adult Female Rufous in Pine Grove
BANDED 11/30/13 by Scott W.
FO ? ↔ LO ?
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Scott Weidensaul posted on PABirds on Fri Nov 29th that there is a Selasphorus hummer at the home of Sherrie and Donny Ney in Pine Grove which he has seen but has been unable to catch as of yet. He then posted on Sat Nov 30th that he caught and banded an adult female Rufous at the Ney residence.

There are multiple posts on PABirds from the first week of December reporting this Rufous was seen at the Ney residence.

Dave Kruel posted on PABirds on Sat Dec 21st that the Pine Grove Rufous was seen and counted on the Western Schuylkill CBC that day.

Somerset Co. -- Adult Female Rufous near Berlin
BANDED 9/28/13 by Bob M.
FO 9/20/13 ↔ LO ?


Michael David posted on PABirds on Sun Sept 22nd that Jeff Payne observed a Selasphorus hummer near Berlin in Somerset Co on Friday Sept 20th, and that he observed this hummer on Sunday morning Sept 22nd and agrees with the ID as Selasphorus. No pix are available yet.

On Sun Sept 29th, Bob Mulvihill posted on PABirds that he had banded an adult female Rufous in the yard of Jeff Payne in Somerset Co on Sat afternoon, Sept 28th. The hummer was in heavy wing and body molt.


Somerset Co - Berlin RUHU inhand by Bob M - gorget - photo by Bob Mulvihill
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Berlin Rufous inhand during banding.
Photo by and courtesy of Bob Mulvihill.

Susquehanna/Wyoming Cos. -- Adult Female Rufous in Lymanville
BANDED 11/29/13 by Scott W.
FO ? ↔ LO ?


On Fri Nov 29th Scott Weidensaul posted on PAbirds that he banded an adult female Rufous in the same yard which is bisected by the Susquehanna/Wyoming Co border where a Selasphorus was reported last year, but wasn't banded. This is a probable return bird, but this can't be confirmed because last year's bird was not banded.



Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana West Virginia Winter Hummers
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Marlene Foard's Summer 09 Rufous from Star Meadows Montana flipped

Brooke Co. WV -- Adult Male Rufous in Wellsburg WV
BANDED 11/?/13 by Bob M.
FO 10/4/13 ↔ LO 11/29/13


Joey Herron's Pix of the Wellsburg adult male RUHU

There are multiple posts on WVBirds by Joe Hildreth describing the beautiful adult male Rufous at the home of Bill and Jan Beatty in Wellsburg, Brooke Co., West Virginia. Joe also posted a photo on PABirders Facebook page.

Joey Herron posted on WVBirds on Mon Oct 21st that he observed the Wellsburg adult male Rufous several times and commented "what a beautiful bird"! See his photos at the link above.

Joe Hildreth posted on WVBirds on Sun Oct 27th that the RUHU is still at the Beatty residence.

Joe Hildreth posted on WVBirds on Wed Nov 13th that Bob Mulvihill banded the Beattys' Rufous and it was still present through that day.

Joe Hildreth informed me on Dec 28th that the Rufous fed heavily on Nov 29th and then disappeared. (pers comm JH)


Brooke Co WV - Wellsburg Rufous on feeder - photo by Bill and Jan Beatty
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Wellsburg WV Rufous on feeder.
Photo by and courtesy of Bill and Jan Beatty with help from Joe Hildreth.

Mineral Co. WV -- Adult Female Rufous in Ft. Ashby WV
BANDED ~11/25/13 by Bob M.
FO ~10/25/13 ↔ LO ?


Bob Mulvihill posted on PABirds on Thurs Dec 26th that Steve and Cynthia Kerfoot reported that the adult female Rufous he had banded a month earlier was still present thru Dec 25th.

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