A Winter Ruby-throated Hummingbird

December 19, 2015  •  2 Comments

I usually only post about birds and happenings here at Shady Oaks.  However, this morning, I received a call from a woman who lives in a neighboring community saying that she has had a young male Ruby-throated Hummingbird coming to her feeder.  We agreed, this was very late for a Ruby-throat!  I suggested that she send me her photos so I could pass them along to master hummingbird bander, Lanny Chambers.  I also asked if we both might come so I could photograph the bird and Lanny could check it out because it might be a vagrant species. The Missouri records are listed here:  




We arrived about 11 a.m. and within fifteen minutes of setting up the feeder inside the trap, the bird arrived. 

He perched barely long enough for me to get a fuzzy photo before going right inside the trap for a drink!  Lanny retrieved the bird and I quickly changed lenses and got some photos of the bird being weighed, measured and banded by Lanny.

Lanny took him back over to the feeder for a few good swigs.

And, he was documented as a healthy, plump young male. 

The bird was released by the homeowner and returned about an hour later to drink again at the feeder.  To see all 24 photos from today, go to this page:  



To see Lanny's posting on mobirds, go to this page:  https://po.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=MOBIRDS-L;db5b5228.1512c


It's always a pleasure to have an opportunity to work with Lanny.  We both love and respect these feisty little birds!  Lanny is truly a master in handling them so skillfully and carefully.



Brian Hall(non-registered)
This is both neat and a little disturbing. To my mind, this is yet another sign of the impacts of climate change.
Alan @ It's not work, it's gardening!(non-registered)
So will the bird survive? Will it continue its migration, or hang about? I didn't think it would be possible for a hummer this late in the year. Should I rehang my feeder?
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