Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Still humming

The following note was just posted to the New York State birding list. It refers to the Rufous Hummingbird that I wrote about here..

"From: Norman Klein
Date: January 16, 2007 7:45:17 AM EST
To: NYSBirds
Subject: Northport hummingbird

The Northport selasphorus (aka rufous) hummingbird continues to feed at 21 Woodhull Place (red house fronted by three large norway spruces). She is working on her eighth week here, having arrived on November 26. Tomorrow's wintry blast will be a real trial for her; though she is a tough little survivor.

-Norm Klein

5 comments:

jnfr said...

When I lived up in the Colorado foothills, about 7500 ft. up, we would have a ton of broad-tailed hummers at the feeder from early spring through fall. And a couple of times a rufous hummingbird showed up in the mix. Both times, even though the rufous was somewhat smaller than any other bird in the whole herd of broad-tails, it drove everyone else away and kept reign over the feeder until it moved on. They are indeed tough little birds, and I hope this one makes it through the cold snap.

Pamela said...

I sure hope it survives!!!
My daughter in central Oregon has Annas hummers this winter.... and they have snow now. She has to take the frozen nectar down in the morning and put out fresh. The two hummers race in and start fighting as soon as she hangs it.

Dani said...

Thanks for posting this! :-)

Dani said...

Thanks for posting this! :-)

Eve Pranis said...

Norm,

I am the curriculum specialist for a free K-12th grade online science, technology, and geography program called Journey North (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/). Students in thousands of classrooms annually track animal migrations (including rufous and ruby-throated hummingbirds) on interactive real-time maps, upload their own local sightings, and make connections with scientists.

I would love to include a report of your sighting on our map -- along with one of Sean Sime's stunning photos.

I will then use the report to launch a lesson that challenges students to try to "make sense" of this winter sighting. May I add your sighting to the report? Do you have any more details to share that might intrigue students? (If Sean Sime is reading this, may I have permission to use one of your photos, with credit?) I appreciate your help!

Best,
Eve Pranis, Journey North
evep@gmavt.net

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