[Fwd: Costa's Hummer Summary]

Russell Rogers rrogers at halcyon.com
Sun Sep 17 19:17:08 PDT 2000


Hi Tweeters,

Don wanted this forwarded to the group. If you have any questions, please
contact Don directly.

Russell


Donorman at aol.com wrote:


> Dennis, Russell. I heard there were some other reports of Costa's. Perhaps

> one of you could post this on Tweeters/ Humnet with a note to have other

> persons that had them to contact me if they are writing up a note. I am not

> on either but figure someone may be writing this all up. don

>

> A Costa's Hummingbird in Shoreline, WA

>

> Donald Norman, Norman Wildlife Consulting

>

> On 25 April 2000, a male Costa's hummingbird was observed in the garden of

> the author in Richmond Beach in Shoreline, WA. Several large windstorms from

> the south preceeded the appearance of the bird, which remained in the area

> until at least 17 May. The bird was seen by a large number of persons, but

> eluded capture for more detailed examination. There were at least 6 feeders

> up in the area at the time, and Anna's hummnigbirds are resident in the area

> due its location close to Puget Sound. On 2 May, a male Rufous Hummingbird

> showed up, which is seen irregularly in the area in the summer. Rufous were

> seen earlier during migration on 2 March, harassing the resident Anna's. On

> 5 May a female Rufous was present, and by 9 May, 2 females. On 18 May, the

> male was seen displaying, and birds were seen regularly.

>

> The Costa's fed extensively on the yellow flowers of overwintering Brassicas

> in the garden, and was also observed to flycatch extensively from a regular

> perch. As the male Rufous asserted dominance over the feeder, the Costa's

> and Anna's were seen less than prior to 2 May. Observations on the feeder,

> adjacent to the kitchen in the house, allowed the documentation of the

> arrival of the Anna's at dusk, followed by the Costa's, after what was

> assumed to be the last feeding by the Rufous for the evening. On one

> occasion, it was observed that the Anna's and Costa's appeared from nearly

> ground level to feed.

>

> Apparently, this is the 2nd record for the state, and reports of other

> Costa's were received during the same period??

>

> Donald Norman

> Norman Wildlife Consulting

> 2112 NW 199th Shoreline, WA 98177

> (206) 542-1275

> Emergency Cell 206-799-1749

>

> Wildlife and Environmental Toxicology

>

> Board President, Adopt a Beach

> The Good Sheperd Center in Wallingford

> 4649 Sunnyside Ave N Suite 305

> Seattle, WA 98103

>

> (206) 632-1390 FAX 632-1589

> Toll Free (888) 57-BEACH e-mail aab at halcyon.com

>

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