The message below may be of interest in light of the late Rufous Hummingbird
recently seen in Arlington, Vt.
Any recent sightings of this bird?
So Glens Falls, NY
From: Greg Grove <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Date: 1/5/2012 11:59:51 AM
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Subject: Fwd: Amazing hummingbird recapture
> Although this report regards an out of state bird, given the
>interest in (and sometimes concern for) fall/winter hummingbirds in
>the Northeast, I thought it was worth sharing, with the permission
>of bander Allen Chartier of Michigan.
> In October 2009, Allen banded an adult female rufous hummingbird
>in Ashland County, Ohio, where it was last seen in early November of
>that year. In December 2010, the same bird was recaptured in
>Pensacola, Florida, by bander Fred Bassett, showing that she's
>survived the intervening migrations.
> Allen just notified the hummingbird-banding community that he
>recaptured this little traveler yesterday in Richland County, Ohio,
>about 15 miles from where she was originally banded; the bird has
>been present since about Nov. 1. "This is only the second Rufous
>Hummingbird confirmed as a returnee to Ohio (none yet in Michigan or
>Indiana), and is the first 'triple play' I've ever been involved
>with," Allen said.
> "Since she was banded in 2009, she has likely flown at least
>15,000 miles, including two returns in summer back to her breeding
>area somewhere in the Pacific Northwest (from Oregon to southern
>Alaska)," Allen posted. "She is also at least 3 years 6 months old."
> I know there are still a few folks who are skeptical that these
>vagrant western hummingbirds actually survive their time here in the
>North, but as we get more and more banding data and a growing body
>of recoveries like this, it confirms what we've long suspected -
>that these are tough, hardy continental travelers.
> Scott Weidensaul
> Schuylkill Haven, PA
Gregory W. Grove, Ph.D.
Genomics Core Facility
407 Chandlee Lab, Penn State
814 865 3332
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