#DErare–Calliope Hummingbird in Wilmington


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This bird was first photographed by Hank Davis on November 9th, but was not positively identified until last night or this morning as a Calliope Hummingbird. The bird was visiting a yard in Wilmington along with a Rufous Hummingbird. If accepted, this will be the first state record for Delaware.

Calliope Hummingbird in Wilmington, Delaware on 11 November 12, Photo by Hank Davis

The bird was supposedly observed by the homeowner this morning, but not seen during a four hour sit by a few birders this afternoon. The last time the bird was confidently observed was November 11, where Hank Davis took these photos: http://harolddavisphotography.smugmug.com/Birds/11-11-12-Calliope-Hummingbird/26516778_vtTW4R#!i=2215008194&k=qGvTZws

Calliope Hummingbird in Wilmington, Delaware on 11 November 2012, Photo by Hank Davis

Post from Andy Urquhart on DE Birds this evening:

“Although the homeowner reports that the Calliope Hummingbird was seen this morning, it was not seen during a 4-hour vigil this afternoon, despite repeated feeder visits by a Rufous Hummingbird also present on the property. A significant difficulty is that the backyard where the bird has been seen is not visible or accessible from the street. The only viewing is from inside the house. The homeowner is willing to try to arrange access for birders, but first we need to determine if the bird is still around. If it is, some directions will be issued for birders to try to get to see the bird.”

More details will be posted to DE Birds when available or if the bird returns.

Link to #ABArare post on the ABA Blog.