Date: 7/28/20 6:47 pm
From: JOHN HIGGINS <jghiggins...>
Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]Plain capped Starthroat ( next to ) Paton's today.
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Thanks to you , Linda and Kirk! JOHN Higgins


> On July 28, 2020 at 9:07 PM Thor Manson <thormanson...> wrote:
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> Hi Birders. Well today was a good, although occasionally frustrating experience, trying to see the Plain capped Starthroat next to Tucson Audubon's Paton's Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia.
> It was good, because several birders were able to see the bird, and a couple got decent pics. It was frustrating because the other hummingbirds, especially the Broad billeds kept chasing the starthroat off the feeders when it attempted to land and feed. I totally get that this is how it works when you have a dominant species around, but still frustrating, especially when it meant other birders present didn't get to see the bird.
> First of all, I appreciate Tucson Audubon's Executive Director's ( Jonathan Lutz ) post which precedes this one on this site, and would recommend any birders who try for this bird in the next few days read that first.
> Today, with fellow volunteers, Kirk and Linda, we made an effort to move as many hummingbird feeders into positions where they could easily be seen from the road, as Paton's itself remains closed- see Jonathan's post please.
> So, if you decide to try for the bird, you should know there is plenty of shade from the road, where you should locate yourself. However, if you want to " stake out " the bird, I would recommend you bring a chair as it can a bit of a wait to see the bird, and it may only be a brief sighting.
> The bird could show up at any of the feeders that we have located just inside the fence, along with one that is right in the parking area by the road. However, it should be possible to keep an eye on pretty well all those feeders at, more, or less, the same time. The only tip I can think of is that when the Broad billeds chase the starthroat off a feeder, try to see where it goes. On a couple of occasions, it just flew to a nearby tree, and was visible there. This is how I got my only really good look at the bird, as it ended up just above my head. Enjoy, and be safe. Thor
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> Thor Manson
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