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Old Sunday 4th January 2004, 17:38   #1
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Wintering hummingbird

Is it true that hummingbirds only exist in the Americas? None in Europe? You are missing a special treat if you have never seen one in flight.

We have a little (Rufous?) wintering over here in Kentucky, which is very rare. The weather is expected to start getting well below freezing temperatures at night, so I hope for the best.

This picture was taken out our kitchen window today, 4 Jan 2004,with a Panasonic FZ1 camera (12x optical zoom).
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Old Sunday 4th January 2004, 17:48   #2
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They don't exist in the wild outside of the Americas.

I have seen Ruby throated in the wild - great!

There are some places where people can see hummers - heated butterfly houses for example. But they're like zoos :-(

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Old Sunday 4th January 2004, 17:53   #3
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I think satrow is right about hummers being endemic only to the Americas.

But I find it amazing that this little beauty has chosen to stick around this far north this late!! Amazing!

Are you providing any warmth at all around the feeder?

Glad he's not up here -- we're having sleet on top of snow, with more snow and ice predicted. Ick!
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Old Sunday 4th January 2004, 18:10   #4
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Weve got our own version - The Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Not a bird.......but most people think they`ve seen a hummingbird afterwards!!
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Old Sunday 4th January 2004, 18:17   #5
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Yes, Rufous Hummingbird, female.

Make sure you have some fresh sugar solution available for it at first light every morning through the freeze!

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Old Sunday 4th January 2004, 18:19   #6
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I have seen tiny hummingbird-like birds in the Middle East - but I can't remember what they were. Has anyone else seen them?
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Old Sunday 4th January 2004, 18:30   #7
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I have seen tiny hummingbird-like birds in the Middle East - but I can't remember what they were. Has anyone else seen them?
Palestine(Orange-tufted) Sunbird?

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Old Sunday 4th January 2004, 18:34   #8
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Sunbirds I should think Scampo

hummers are beautiful
from sea-level in the tropics to the snow-fields of the Andes - incredible little birds and damn hard to pick up in the forest - u just hear a large buzzing sound zipping thru the trees - then sometimes they'll just sit motionless.
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I saw several Ruby-throated Hummers in Canada. Mostly just fly-bys, but one perched obligingly on a branch and allowed itself to be 'scoped at leisure. Amazing how the throat changed from red to black and back as the bird turned its head. Even the wife enjoyed that one! What price one of those turning up on the Scilles one day?

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Old Sunday 4th January 2004, 18:38   #10
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Now I know my memory is failing... That's the one! A beauty - in the centre of Tel-Aviv, too.
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Old Tuesday 6th January 2004, 00:42   #11
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Nice picture. I have been hosting one for a couple of weeks now but I'm no good at photographing hummingbirds. She is a Rufous/Allen's but when the bander came by, the bird took off until she left with her trap, so the bird escaped without being fully identified. We do get Allen's so you aren't really sure what you have here unless they're banded and measured; I'm pretty sure up in Kentucky they are all going to be Rufous.
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Old Tuesday 6th January 2004, 15:21   #12
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Thanks to all for the comments. Consensus seems to be that she is a Rufous. Whatever she is, she is one tough little bird. The air temperature when I just took this picture was 14F/ -10C. We are feeding her the sugar water solution and in another feeder a product called Nektar Plus,which is designed for nectar feeding birds and moths.

Here is my photo album of her:

http://home.insightbb.com/~bstaib1/w...tos.html-.html
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Old Wednesday 7th January 2004, 18:27   #13
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There was an article in our local Wilmington, NC newspaper last year about a banded rufous hummingbird that has hung around this area for the past three years in the winter. The family who "hosted" the hummingbird called a lady who is an ornithologist and licensed bird bander who works as a research affilitate with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. After catching the hummingbird in a special cage trap, she was able to match the band number and know that this was the same hummingbird that she had banded three years before when it was just a juvenile. Not only is it a rarity to see a hummingbird here in the winter, but usually only the ruby-throated ones are this far east. However, it was noted that more and more rufous hummingbirds are making their way east. Good luck with your little hummer. Now that the weather is really cold here, he will need all the necter you can provide.
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Old Friday 9th January 2004, 21:52   #14
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Hi NCLady,

Pretty amazing isn't it !! We had about 3 inches/75mm of snow last night,but she was up early this morning-about 15 minutes before sunrise.
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Old Thursday 22nd January 2004, 18:55   #15
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She's still here;pretty amazing. This picture was from two days ago. Cheers,bob
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Old Thursday 22nd January 2004, 19:13   #16
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Good to hear Bob . . . has all that horrible white stiff gone though? I can't see it in the new pic

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Old Thursday 22nd January 2004, 22:40   #17
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Bob, I'm absolutely amazed that you still have a hummer hanging about!

The last ones known in Indiana departed within the last week or so. And to the best of my knowledge, all of them were rufous.

I'd been wondering about yours, so I'm glad to see you post. Take care of the little one!!
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Old Friday 23rd January 2004, 00:33   #18
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Hi Bobky

Great pics. Lucky for you that you've got the little bird to brighten up your winter. I'm just interested how/if Allens hummingbird has been ruled out?
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Hi Bobky

Great pics. Lucky for you that you've got the little bird to brighten up your winter. I'm just interested how/if Allens hummingbird has been ruled out?
Thanks Michael ,Beverly and Streatham,

That has not been ruled out;however, consensus opinion seems to be that any wintering hummingbird east of the Mississippi river is likely a Rufous.

The snow is all gone,but the temperature tonight is going to be 9F/-13 C; I'm worried.
This picture is from today.
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Old Friday 23rd January 2004, 15:36   #20
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Hi Bob,

People immediately seem to leap to the conclusion that any selasphorus hummer on the east coast in fall/winter must be an Rufous whereas perhaps Allen's are here more commonly (a very relative term) than they are given credit for. This page has a discussion of various recent vagrant hummers in NY including possible Allen's which people may find interesting http://users.rcn.com/pjeffrey/Hummingbirds.html#CPK02

Also bobky if it was an Allen's I think you would find yourself with the first Allen's hummingbird record for Kentucky - I would try and get some serious opinions on the bird if I were you.

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I am also attaching this site to report you winter hummer to http://www.trochilids.com/
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Also bobky if it was an Allen's I think you would find yourself with the first Allen's hummingbird record for Kentucky - I would try and get some serious opinions on the bird if I were you.
Of course if it does turn out to be KY's first Allen's, you'll have 500 KY birders knocking on your door to see it!

(That's the bad news - the good news is that you'll be instantly famous in the state's birding circles, and granted prime viewing at any other rare birds that turn up)

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Of course if it does turn out to be KY's first Allen's, you'll have 500 KY birders knocking on your door to see it!

(That's the bad news - the good news is that you'll be instantly famous in the state's birding circles, and granted prime viewing at any other rare birds that turn up)

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streatham and Micheal,

Thank you; I have been
in email contact with Stacey Petterson. My wife is happy thinking it is a Rufous and she is doing her utmost to keep the little bird alive. I'm doing my best to learn photograhy using this little bird as a subject. Our winter guest is still here after a night of -13C. Cheers,bob
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Delighted to hear the little beauty is still about.
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Good it see its hanging in there.
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