Date: 2/22/21 11:43 am From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> Subject: [obol] Allen's Hummingbird
The timing of hummingbird migration is upon us.
I just saw a report of an hummingbird noticed around Thanksgiving at latitude 42.8145 in the southern part of the state (roughly the latitude of Cape Blanco). The lady put out a feeder, and the bird stayed into December. She put Christmas lights around the feeder to keep it warm and the bird stayed until Christmas.
The lady got in contact with a hummingbird bander who banded the bird on December 17, took measurements, and determined that it was an Allen's. This was confirmed by experts (Kelly Bryan of Texas and Sheri Williamson, author of Hummingbirds of North America)
The twist to the story: the longitude of the sighting was about -89.6316, in the southern edge of Wisconsin.
When word got out, 200 birders came to see the bird and sign the guest book. Pat Lehnherr is being honored with a Hospitality Award by the Wisconsin society for Ornithology.