Date: 10/24/18 11:49 am
From: Ron Rovansek <rrovansek...>
Subject: Re: hummingbird today in southern Delaware (Sussex County)
I am not saying your ID was in any way questionable, I'll just point out that the critical field mark of all Rufous/Allen's/Calliope/Broadtailed Hummingbirds is the presence of rufous color in the tail feathers between the black and white. Check your field guide for a better description. Many of these rare hummingbirds may lack rufous in the back and the buffy color on the flanks can be hard to separate from the similar buffy color on some Rubythroats, but the rufous in the tail should always be present and is diagnostic.

If you find a Blackchinned hummingbird it better be an adult male or you probably won't be able to distinguish it from a Rubythroat.

Ron Rovansek
Centre County

-----Original Message-----
From: Bird discussion list for Pennsylvania <PABIRDS...> On Behalf Of Rob Blye
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 10:35 AM
To: <PABIRDS...>
Subject: [PABIRDS] hummingbird today in southern Delaware (Sussex County)

My wife dutifully planted and nurtured two large pineapple sage plants that we can see from our kitchen. Today at 1:00 PM a single immature type ruby-throated hummingbird visited the sage and nearby nasturtium but not the two feeders still out next to the sage. Neither one of us got binocs on it but there was no rufous on the back, green only, and I did see white tail spots on the bird. Plus it was small.

This was the first one in about two weeks or more.

Waiting for our first yard* Selaphorus* but this was not to be the day.


Robert W. Blye
34603 Doe Run
Lewes DE 19958-3332
302 945-8618
610 213-2413 mobile
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