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Anna's Hummingbird
« : December 03, 2010, 12:17:14 PM »


Immature Male Anna's Hummingbird

Directions: Southwest of Chillicothe.  From Illinois Rt.29, head west on Cedar Hills Drive (at South Rome); after a bit more than 2 miles turn north on Ivy Lake Road. Ivy Lake Road is rather winding.  Go north about 1 1/2 miles.  Bob & Ann Hayes home (and farm buildings) is offset on the west side of the road (just after crossing a small creek).  The address is 14917 N. Ivy Lake Road.  (phone = 309-579-2189).  Parking -- use the grassy area on the left side of the driveway.  Note: the feeder will be in front of the fence in front of the house -- and, the bird may be skittish.
« : December 03, 2010, 12:24:41 PM Craig Taylor »

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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #1 : December 03, 2010, 12:22:02 PM »
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #2 : December 03, 2010, 12:31:34 PM »
Do you know if the bird has been seen after being banded?
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #3 : December 03, 2010, 12:33:09 PM »
No,  Banded this AM.
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #4 : December 03, 2010, 12:49:41 PM »
I just spoke to Anne Hayes, and she will let me know if the bird is seen again today. I'll post that info as soon as I get it.
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #5 : December 03, 2010, 02:11:36 PM »
Any ideas of how long this bird has been there?
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #6 : December 03, 2010, 03:17:10 PM »
Just spoke with Bob Hayes, the bird was not seen this afternoon.
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #7 : December 03, 2010, 05:48:00 PM »
Did this bird need to be banded in order identify it to species?
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #8 : December 03, 2010, 06:52:12 PM »
Did this bird need to be banded in order identify it to species?
I wouldn't think so. I believe a male Anna's is the only North American hummingbird with red on the crown (assuming you could see that when the bird came to the feeder).
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #9 : December 03, 2010, 07:19:45 PM »
Yeah, I don't know what was visible in the field and what wasn't.

Just wondering why a first state record bird, already labeled as skittish, was banded before it was announced to the greater birding community.
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #10 : December 03, 2010, 07:28:16 PM »
Yeah, I don't know what was visible in the field and what wasn't.

Just wondering why a first state record bird, already labeled as skittish, was banded before it was announced to the greater birding community.

Because the bander was told about it first.
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #11 : December 03, 2010, 07:45:32 PM »
I'm gonna bite my lip now... >:(
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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #12 : December 03, 2010, 10:13:45 PM »
I'm gonna bite my lip now... >:(


I will be chasing this bird tomorrow with Greg (and the kids) missing my lower lip because I bit mine off.  

CAN NOT UNDERSTAND THIS!  Seems selfish to me, but what do I know?

Looking forward to reading the usual (mostly unbelievable to me) justifications as to why this was necessary for "science." 

 
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« #13 : December 03, 2010, 10:57:23 PM »
Don't bite those lips too hard.  Without the bander's help none of us would have the opportunity to chase these birds. He has worked hard to educate people about these rare (to Illinois) hummingbirds and is the person they call when one shows at their feeder. Otherwise we wouldn't even hear about the bird until it shows up in the Meadowlark.

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Re: Anna's Hummingbird
« #14 : December 03, 2010, 11:05:42 PM »
I have not been able to post again, until now.

Before some of you go and get your knickers in a twist...

Early last week, Vern Kleen heard about...

Vern:  "...what was considered a "late" Ruby-throated Hummingbird near Chillicothe and a possible Rufous at a nearby location.  I requested photos, but, what was available was not definitive."

Vern went last Saturday and set traps to band and try to make a positive ID of the birds.  He spent all day and not one hummer showed up.

Vern:  "Nary a hummingbird visited either site -- so we thought they might have departed."

Tuesday morning the owner reported that her bird was back -- she sent one photo to Vern Wednesday  (Anna's 1a Photo below)

Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, the owner sent Vern 3 photos (Anna's Photos 2a, 3a and 4a below).

Vern went back this morning (Friday) and documented the first Illinois record of Anna's Hummingbird (see other photos posted in previous posts).

Word was spread via IBET and IBF as soon as I heard.

I'm just thrilled for the new state record!  Sure, I would like to add this species to my Illinois list, as would a few hundred+ others.  But I'm not going to begrudge anyone who saw this bird, especially Vern Kleen.  When non-birders have questions about a hummingbird coming to their feeder, most people usually end up talking to Vern.  He is the Hummingbird Guru of Illinois.  

For the lip biters out there, I can cure you of biting your lips...

I will start an email alert for all the lip biters, grumblers and conspiracy theorists.  I will forward to you all the amazing unconfirmed birds reported to eBird.  My, what a list you won't compile.  But then again, you'll be happy you just drove 5 hours for an Eastern Bluebird (You mean that's not a Mountain Bluebird?  Sorry.)  I can start you with a Golden Eagle nest, where 5 - 6 Golden Eagles hang out all the time.  Oh, what fun you won't have.  But you'll be blazing trails like Vern does.  

All sarcasm aside, you can band hummingbirds all spring, summer and fall for forty years like Vern has done and YOU will be the ones getting all the calls...

Oops.  Sarcasm again.  My bad.

Illinois, we have (pending IORC approval) a new state record!  Be GLAD!

« : December 04, 2010, 12:37:24 AM Craig Taylor »

 

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