Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rufous Hummingbird

Several local birders have spotted this late-arriving female Rufous hummingbird at the feeders at Musick’s Campground, Bristol, Tenn. Hummingbirds are hard enough to spot this time of year and even harder when it’s not a “native” species. The rufous summers basically on the California coast north from San Francisco and then winters along the Texas gulf shores. They end up here more often than a person might imagine but not all that much.

The folks at Musick’s had two feeders up and a warming lamp all to attract and keep the rufous long enough to band her. As of December 15, 2015, today, as I write this, she was reported missing and might be on her way south.

We wish her good luck!


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