Date: 10/7/17 2:07 am From: reeser <reeser...> Subject: Hummingbirds -- Cumberland County
I've been consistently seeing at least one hummingbird each day this week. The one I've been able to observe the most appears at the salvia (Wendy's Wish) each day, including Friday 10/6/17 at about 7:45 AM.
It seems to be a ruby throated hummingbird. Most likely a younger one. It has lines of dark spots on its white throat, white tips on the black tail feathers, appears a bit round probably has its feather fluffed out a bit. It's very dark (gray/black) on much of the breast, has a white collar and a black spot near its eye, the back is green but sort of a metallic yellowish green.
I keep looking for signs of rust color, he/she doesn't stay in one place long enough to get a perfect view, but I haven't noticed any the few times I've seen it fan its tail.
I did see another hummer on the pineapple salvia late in the day on Thursday, 10/5/17 but did not get a close look. Could be the same bird, although a few days ago we were seeing two at a time, both looked like ruby throated. Also, happened to see 2 monarch butterflies on Thursday, one on the butterfly bush.
We've been seeing a lot of Canada geese going over the house toward the Susquehanna river late in the afternoon this week. Several flocks of them, very loud and low. Also, saw Air Force One flying over on Thursday, practicing landings at HIA, also very low and loud, but I don't think that counts!