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On Saturday, Wayne Laubscher banded Lycoming County’s third Rufous Hummingbird of 2012. This is one of over 70 hummingbirds banded since the middle of October in the state of Pennsylvania. Nate has had the opportunity to observe the first two Rufous Hummingbirds that were banded this fall and winter (You can the see the first here and the second here).
Here’s what Wayne had to say about this hummer:
“This afternoon I banded Lycoming County’s 3rd 2012 Rufous Hummingbird in Pennsdale. The homeowner has had this bird consistently since around Sept. 15th and it visits the feeder every 5- 10 minutes, which is apparently doing it well as it’s of exceptionally goodweight and quite healthy. The homeowner will be putting a heat lamp on the feeder in case it decides to ride out a while longer the real winter weather we now have.”
As you can see from the eBird records for this Fall 2012, there have been quite a few Rufous Hummingbird sightings, specifically in yards where the birds were banded to confirm identification.