[TN-Bird] Fw: [HUMNET-L] late hummer in Nashville

TN-Birders:

This is an interesting message which I am forwarding to
this list from the Humnet hummingbird list.  
Enjoy.

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN
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-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Sloan <chris.sloan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: HUMNET-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <HUMNET-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Friday, November 01, 2002 7:38 AM
Subject: [HUMNET-L] late hummer in Nashville


I've been surprised to have a late hummingbird in my yard that last
three mornings (including today).  I finally got an opportunity to study
it this morning, and it would appear to be a Ruby-throat (based on the
width of the outermost primary and the lack of any tail-flipping during
feeding).  My first November hummer.

Unfortunately, my impression of the bird is that it may be in poor
health, based on its ratty-looking feathers and the fact that it seems
to be constantly "shivering."  This is consistent with other
observations of Ruby-throats that linger into the winter months.  Those
that are not sick or injured are typically birds that hatched
phenomenally late.  In all cases, winter Ruby-throats are extremely rare
- I know of only six records for Tennessee from November through
February.

I'll also take this opportunity to remind Tennesseeans that any hummers
that show up from this point forward should be scrutinized very closely,
because other species are much more likely than Ruby-throated this time
of year.

Chris Sloan
Nashville, TN

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