Date: 6/19/18 11:10 am From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Blue-throated Hummingbird at Junction
Thanks, Rhandy. I stopped by yesterday at 3:15 PM on my way home from BBSing and work. Not surprisingly, I did not see it at the camp host's feeders in my allotted 30 minutes.
There are now 2 ABA records of Amethyst-throated Hummingbird; one late July 2016 in Quebec, Canada and Kelly Bryan's bird at Davis Mountains Resort in Jeff Davis County in mid-October 2016.
My point is, any out-of-range Blue-throated Hummingbird should be closely scrutinized and not taken so lightly. Well-documenting a vagrant Blue-throated Hummingbird during the breeding season is equally as important, in order to document a bird likely fleeing a drought-stressed breeding area.
Good birding! Justin Bosler Austin, TX
On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 12:48 PM, Rhandy Helton <rjhelton...> wrote:
> I believe Peter Keyel was the first to report the Blue-throated > Hummingibird and here is his description of about 10 days ago: > > Female. Large hummingbird with limited white behind eye and below eye. > Overall more grayish than BCHU. White edges to large dark tail. Much larger > than BCHU present. Too much white in face rules out Rivoli's Hummingbird. > Large size, not enough white and dark bill rules out White-eared > Hummingbird. Not enough white for Plain-capped Starthroat. > > Agarita blind. Present for 5 sec then would disappear for quite some time > (eg 10 to 50 min). Other photographer present got a picture, but was too > fast for me. > > > I have not seen, nor has park office personnel, a photograph of the bird. > I have not seen the bird but it had been somewhat regular at the Agarita > Bird Blind behind the park office and also at park host feeders a short > flight distance from Agarita Blind. These feeders are at the host RV's near > the park maintenance building. I have tried to ascertain the best time for > the bird and from ebird posts thought late p.m. however this morning park > personnel told me a number of observers said 8:30-10:00 a.m. is best and > may be more reliable at the park host feeders. They were trying to > photograph but have not heard if successful. As to the possibility of > Amethyst-throated Hummingbird I have seen nothing to address that issue. > The descriptions I have read seemed to fit Blue-throated but I have no > experience with the one that would be much more rare (1 US record I > believe--Kelly Bryan's bird). Martin Hagne was in Agarita blind a lot this > past weekend and did not see the bird. > > Rhandy J. Helton > Junction, Texas > > >