Date: 3/4/17 4:23 pm From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Hummingbird in Northampton/ GONE !
Thanks to Tom Gagnon (with permission) for the following report.
* Hi Folks: Just got back from vacation earlier this week. Lots of messages on my telephone and only 1,001 emails mostly from Massbird. POOR BARBARA !!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the messages on the phone was about a hummingbird coming to a feeder in the Northampton area. The person reported the hummingbird is not a hard core birder like most of us and did not realize that a hummingbird this early COULD be something really RARE. The bird was first seen on FEBRUARY 17th rubbing it's bill on the SUET !!! The next day the other occupant of the house-hold saw it and put out a hummingbird feeder and it was seen going to the feeder. Both persons in the house work so it was not seen again until last weekend I believe, February 25 and 26th. It has NOT been seen since. I tried on Thursday, March 2 with no luck. As I was typing this email the person who first reported it called me. One of the people in the house had good looks at the bird and when shown the picture in the bird book confirmed that the bird was RUSTY colored !!!! So, I believe we can at least call it a "Selasphorus' for the records. Certainly does make one wonder how many of these rarities get past us. After the bittern cold and wind we have had today, I doubt that this bird is still alive. The other interesting thing about this report is that bird was seen going to the suet. I have never head of such behavior in hummingbirds. Tom Gagnon, Florence, Massachusetts