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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?
Mona Bearor
So Glens Falls, NY
 

 
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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
 
 
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Gregory W. Grove, Ph.D.
Genomics Core Facility
407 Chandlee Lab, Penn State
814 865 3332
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