Date: 9/1/17 3:25 pm
From: Mary Lynch <mary.libmcl...>
Subject: [GABO-L] Update on Casper (white hummingbird)
Hi y'all,

Casper may have departed. We have not seen him since the morning of 8/29.
If he returns, I'll be sure to send an update. In the meantime, the other
hummingbirds are appreciating the additional feeder.

Mary Lynch
DeKalb County


8/23 update for Casper the white hummingbird:
>
> I'm pleased to say that Casper is still here. This past Sat. we saw him
> only briefly in the early morning, but he was back on Sunday and we've seen
> him frequently each day since.
>
> ---
>
> Previous update (8/6):
>
> Casper continues to feed and hang out in our front yard, but in the last
> few days, I think there have been longer periods when he's elsewhere, so
> sightings are more unpredictable. Other hummingbirds, on the other hand,
> have taken advantage of his less than constant watch of the front feeder!
> Also, I've looked for any changes in Casper's appearance, but haven't
> noticed anything. And, when I see him at a distance, in bright light,
> hovering next to dark green maple leaves or bright green pine needles, his
> whiteness is still startling!
>
> Previous update (7/31):
>
> We've seen Casper frequently each day. Mornings before 9 / 9:30 are
> especially good for sightings. The crape myrtle and dogwood tree in which
> the feeder hangs continue to be favorite places for him to hang out and
> keep watch. He also favors, especially in the morning, the 2 large "black
> and blue" salvia bushes in the garden area to the left of the feeder and
> towards the street and after feeding on their blossoms, will often perch on
> branch tips in the Japanese maple behind the salvia. Casper had several
> admirers this past week and a long video session on Sat., 7/29.
>
> ---
>
> PREVIOUS POSTS WITH FULL INFORMATION AND VIDEO (Videos 1, 2, and 3 are my
> favorites, if you can only watch 3!):
>
> Casper Continues - Tucker, Dekalb County - 7/22/2017
>
> Casper, as I've named the white, er leucistic, hummingbird that Mary Lynch
> and family of Tucker are currently hosting (or maybe it's Casperina, but
> probably a subadult male) continues as of today! Mary will keep me posted
> as to when the bird departs, or if the rare hummer's visiting pattern
> changes and I will let everyone know, so until then assume that Casper is
> still there! Mary advises that Casper has been seen daily so far since they
> first noticed the very unusual hummer at their feeder.
>
> Also, Julie Lindauer Jacobs wrote and provided the link to the WHITE
> HUMMINGBIRDS: ALBINO HUMMINGBIRDS & LEUCISTIC HUMMINGBIRDS page on the
> Operation Rubythroat site at:
>
> http://rubythroat.org/albinomain.html
>
> Pretty cool, thanks Julie!
>
> Previous post with eBird checklist, photos, exact location, and
> instructions:
>
> Stunning White Hummingbird - Tucker, Dekalb County - 7/21/2017
>
> Mary Lynch of Tucker wrote yesterday wanting help with the ID of a white
> hummingbird she has had coming to her front yard feeder since about 4
> July. I was able to go by and phonescope-video the bird this morning and
> put some frames up into an eBird report, along with the exact location:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38246952
>
> I haven't had time to completely analyze the footage but I believe this
> bird is a Ruby-throated. There are 3-5 regular Ruby-throateds around the
> property as well. If anyone has any comments regarding the bird please
> post.
>
> Mary and family welcome birders to come by and see the bird. The
> hummingbird is guarding a feeder under a tree in the center of the front
> yard and was pretty much constantly viewable for the time that I was
> there. This bird is very easy to photograph at close range (I kind of
> cheated and used a scope though). Please park on the street at the curb
> and observe from the street, the driveway, or in the front yard on the
> grass only. Please stay out of the flowers and beds! There is no need to
> call or contact Mary before coming over. The bird will also roost on the
> street side of the tree and the wires sometimes, and chases all of the
> other hummers a bunch.
>
> Thanks so much to Mary and family for sharing their gorgeous hummingbird,
> beautiful hummingbird front yard, and for being such gracious hosts!
>
> The address is:
> 3056 Rockaway Road
> Tucker, GA 30341
>
> ---
>
> Casper Videos - Tucker, Dekalb County - 7/21/2017
>
> Per previous posts concerning Casper I edited some of the video files and
> they are available for download from my Box site. I kind of ranked them
> 1-5, but they are all the best of the brief clips that I was able to get
> handholding the phone and trying to focus through the scope via the screen
> in the bright sunlight. I think that even this simple type of video
> capture can certainly reveal a lot about the birds we love!
>
> The videos of Casper can be found directly at:
>
> https://app.box.com/s/r8oq9pbzewcr3ll1pzu3bohnlyfkkuxl
>
> or in the
>
> 072117 Casper Tucker GA folder
>
> folder on my Box site at:
>
> https://app.box.com/shared/2yxtdkm3ta
>
> Available on Flickr at:
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/50282116@N04/
>
> A quick and easy view of some of the video still frames of Casper can be
> had via the eBird checklist as well:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38246952
>
> Handheld phonescoped video and still frames may be best viewed on a large
> screen at the biggest size possible.
>
> Information concerning how to use Apple MOV movie files can be read in my
> MOV Video File How-To.txt available at:
>
> http://www.box.com/s/ojj2lap6sayrj83n9zzx
>
> Some of the video files on the site can be a bit large and may take some
> minutes to download if you don't have high-speed internet access, but it
> may be best to download them to your desktop or somewhere on your computer
> before running them in QuickTime. That way they may run faster and you can
> keep them if you like them too. Being handheld and usually at a very high
> magnification they can sometimes get a little jittery, but they are still
> worth a look, especially since you can drag through frame by frame in
> QuickTime and pause the video on the best parts, playing at half speed in
> QuickTime can also be a good idea.
>
> ---
>
> Good Birding All!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
> www.neargareport.com
>
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