My first western hummingbird twitch of Fall 2012 came on October 9th. An apparent adult male Rufous Hummingbird was visiting a yard near Camden-Wyoming, Delaware that was first found on October 7th.
|Rufous Hummingbird in Camden-Wyoming, Delaware on 9 October 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.|
|Rufous Hummingbird in Camden-Wyoming, Delaware on 26 October 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.|
Another species, an Allen's Hummingbird, Pennsylvania's third record, was visiting a feeder in Pipersville. I observed the bird twice now, once on November 22nd and again on January 5th, 2013. The bird was banded as an immature male by Scott Weidensaul and has finally moved on to a more southerly location, hopefully. A video from my first visit can be seen here.
|Allen's Hummingbird in Pipersville, Pennsylvania on 5 January 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.|
Finally, I picked up my state Rufous Hummingbird on January 5th, 2013, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The bird was banded on January 2nd, 2013, by Nick Pulcinella. I'm not sure why it took me so long to see a Rufous Hummingbird in Pennsylvania because the majority of the western hummingbirds banded in the state turn out to be of the rufous variety.
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