[texbirds] Allen's Hummingbird

  • From: Kelly Bryan <kelly.b.bryan@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:33:42 -0500


Yesterday while filling my feeders at my cabin in the Davis Mountains I got
an excellent look at an adult male Allen's Hummingbird.  This is our
earliest record for this species, I believe by 13 days.  Although Rufous
Hummingbirds have been in the mountains for over a week now and there is
one sighting of Calliope Hummingbird, this year may prove to be a down year
for diversity and abundance.  My experience over the past 21 years in Fort
Davis has been that at least once out of every 5 to 6 years late summer
migration can be very poor.  I assume that these western migrants shift to
the west of the Texas mountains on their southbound journey.  Just exactly
why is unknown to my knowledge.  This is a post drought year; however,
despite recent rains it is still dry enough that birds should be abundant
at feeders.  They are not.  Any thoughts out there?  KBB

Kelly B Bryan
Fort Davis, Texas

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