[wisb] Hindered hummer's annual return to La Crosse County
- From: Mary Strasser <mrstrass@xxxxxxx>
- To: Wisconsin Bird Network <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:00:48 -0500
In the summer of 2008, visiting one of our feeders was a female hummingbird with a large wad of fibrous material dangling from and entangling her right foot. The material was almost 2 inches long and about 1/2 inch at its widest point near the bottom. From July into Sept. we saw her with the encumbrance that wouldn't fall off. We worried about her limited ability to perch, and about the hindrance the debris would cause as she migrated. Well, that same little female hummingbird showed up at the same feeder yesterday! I am certain it is the same bird because the debris on her foot is of the same shape as last year. At first glance, it almost looks like there's a long abnormal growth dangling from the female's leg, but with close observation one can see the debris is tightly wound around her toes. I am amazed and heartened by this little female hummingbird's ability to deal with such a handicap. She is a strong little bird. I am going to try to get a photo of her since the feeder she prefers is just next to our kitchen window. This bird's return to our yard a year later illustrates that hummingbirds have site fidelity. They will evidently migrate to the same yard over the course of several years. How fascinating! Mary Strasser in Onalaska La Crosse County _________________________________________________________________ Windows Live? SkyDrive?: Store, access, and share your photos. See how. http://windowslive.com/Online/SkyDrive?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_WL_CS_SD_photos_072009 #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.
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