Date: 9/1/17 3:25 pm From: Mary Lynch <mary.libmcl...> Subject: [GABO-L] Update on Casper (white hummingbird)
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 > > You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. > Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: > http://www.gos.org/georgia-birders-online Please read the guidelines > before posting. > > Send regular postings to <gabo-l...> > > To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to > https://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=GABO-L > > To contact a listowner, send message to <GABO-L-request...> >