John suspected for several days that a vagrant hummingbird was around his house near Dacusville SC because the level of sugar water in a solitary feeder had been dropping, but his first actual sighting was on 11 November.
Upon learning that John lives in Pickens County--not far west of the Furman University campus where he teaches psychology--we planned a hummingbird- trapping excursion for Sunday, 16 November. Since we happened to be in nearby Powdersville on Saturday night, our usual attempt to be on the scene before first light was a bit easier than having to drive from Hilton Pond Center in York.
Early Adult looking sex tonight Salamanca NewYork 14779 morning just beyond Dacusville, we turned onto an old dirt road and wound our way through the wooded plus acres of former farmland that John Batson now calls home.
Unlike many winter hummingbird sites that are open and easily seen from a distance, John's locale was well-obscured by a mix of good-sized hardwoods and pines. We also didn't see any of that late-blooming Pineapple Sage that has been growing at nearly all sites at which we've banded vagrant hummers this fall.
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Ten minutes later the hummer zipped into view, entered the trap without hesitation, and became a soon-to-be-recipient of our next available hummingbird band. Just as we got ready to begin the procedure, we were ed by two other Furman faculty whom Horny women in Patterson, GA had invited; we're pleased that Jim Edwards philosophy and Jane Chew German also got to witness their first hummingbird banding.
John mentioned in an e-mail to us that he thought he could see rusty color on the hummer's back as it fed from the feeder, and John was right. In the hand, there was no doubt this winter visitor was a young male Rufous Hummingbird, Selasphorus rufus, that had hatched sometime in likely in southern Alaska, western Canada, or the contiguous northwestern U.
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This time next year his bird will have a full metallic gorget and nearly all of its body will be covered by rust-colored feathers. Measurements made of the Dacusville bird's wing, bill, and tail were standard for a young male Rufous, but we were a bit surprised that the bill bore none of the tiny etchings corrugations that we'd expect in a first year fuurman. These marks smooth out over the bird's first months and eventually disappear, so their absence--in conjunction with the bird's already-rusty back--indicate he probably hatched out fairly early in the breeding Blonde fit and looking for discreet.
Thanks to John Batson bottom photo for inviting us to band his winter hummingbird, and to Jane Chew and Jim Edwards for sharing in the excitement of our encounter with another vagrant hummer. Vital Statistics for.