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Rufous Hummingbird - October 14, 2007

Rufous Hummingbird at McDonald, PA
 
For the second year in a row an adult female Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird has appeared in the backyard of Ray and Edyie Posel of McDonald, Washington County. Last year, the Posel's bird was trapped and found to have already been banded during the previous winter in Diamond Head, Mississippi, which you can read about here. The band number of last year's bird was N-71927.
 
It was immediately suspected that this was the sane bird, now returned for a a second consecutive year. After one unsuccessful attempt by Bob Mulvihill to recapture the bird this year, he and Adrienne Leppold were successful on 2-Nov, and were able to confirm that it was indeed N-71927! This year she stayed until 6-Dec. How many years might she continue to come to McDonald? Only time will tell.

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The Posels also hosted another interesting hummingbird this year, a very late-staying first-year male Ruby-throated Hummingbird. On rare occasion, Ruby-throats may linger into November in Pennsylvania (more often in the eastern side of the state than the west), but this one probably set Washington County's record by staying to at least 19-Oct. Below is my favorite image I made of of him, taken 13-Oct.

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