|Rufous Hummingbird (male) chillin' in the shade earlier this Spring in my backyard.|
About a week ago I posted about the Hummingbird Banding in Pearl, Idaho. One of the hummers captured was a recapture, a bird that had been previously banded! Recapturing is the whole point of banding, right? Scientists can learn a lot by recapturing banded birds...like changes in plumage, weight, fat stores, migration routes, etc.
Fred Bassett informs me that the recaptured hummer was an adult female Black-chinned Hummingbird that was originally banded in October 2009 in Slidell, Louisiana. I didn't even know they had BC's in the south, but Fred says he averages 30 or so BC Hummers in the Southern states during the winter and eBird reports confirm it.
If the hummer followed the most direct route on the highways, which they don't, that would have been over 2,200 miles. Now think about this...this little lady BC Hummer was probably migrating south from somewhere north of Idaho, so it had probably traveled much further. How cool is that!?
|Fred Bassett sharing his knowledge of hummingbirds with loads of curious adults and kids.|