Date: 7/16/22 9:05 am
From: Jeremy Cohen <jeremy3cohen...>
Subject: Re: MEXICAN VIOLETEAR NEAR EUREKA SPRINGS
The violetear has been seen consistently all morning

On Sat, Jul 16, 2022, 10:43 AM Jim Dixon <jamesdixonlr...> wrote:

> If anyone from central Arkansas is thinking about chasing this bird
> tomorrow, Sunday, let me know please. I can’t go but my daughter Sam is
> interested in chasing it.
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> Thanks
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> Jim Dixon
> Little Rock
> www.jamesdixon.us
> "There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You
> certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite
> the something you were after." — Thorin
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> *From:* The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...>
> *On Behalf Of *Ragupathy Kannan
> *Sent:* Saturday, July 16, 2022 6:46 AM
> *To:* <ARBIRD-L...>
> *Subject:* Re: MEXICAN VIOLETEAR NEAR EUREKA SPRINGS
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> Joe, this evoked pleasant memories from 1990. See my notes in....
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> https://ebird.org/checklist/S22921220
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> Using photos taken of this bird, Doug James figured out a clever way to ID
> confusing colibri hummers using indirect measurements.
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> https://scholarworks.uark.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2151&context=jaas
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> Kannan
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> On Saturday, 16 July, 2022 at 05:51:14 am GMT-5, Joseph Neal <
> <joeneal...> wrote:
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> A Mexican Violetear is visiting feeders in Carroll County, just a few
> miles south of Eureka Springs. The bird showed up on July 11. Judy
> Griffith, Vivek Govind Kumar, and I saw it late yesterday. This is about
> the seventh record for Arkansas and apparently first documented one
> Arkansas in two decades.
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> Judy emailed me video grabs of the big hummer taken by the homeowners. I
> shared them with Vivek. When I saw them, some very old brain cells unused
> for 30 years screamed “Green Violetear,” an old name for a bird I had seen
> in 1990, when in August and September it visited a feeder east of Rogers.
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> The old Green Violetear is now recognized as Mexican Violetear and Lesser
> Violetear. Vivek realized this must be Mexican Violear.
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> The homeowners, Laura and Kevin Wood, have a fine hummingbird feeder set
> up. When we arrived at their place (5:20 PM) we had the big green hummer in
> just a few minutes. I do mean big – a giant compared to a dozen
> Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visiting same feeders.
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> Mexican Violetears nest in upland pine-oak forests and edge with clearings
> in southern Mexico and Central America. The Wood place is upland forest,
> with mature shortleaf pine and mixed hardwood species. The Woods are
> building a home in a relatively small clearing enclosed by this forest
> habitat.
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> Post-breeding season dispersal as documented in eBird reports for Mexican
> Violetears are scattered mainly across the eastern US, including well north
> and east of Arkansas. They cross state and national boundaries without
> walls, and with ease and no paperwork!
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> Laura and Kevin Wood welcome other birders who are respectful of the land.
> If interested: <goodwinwood...>
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