[Tweeters] Re: Male Anna's Hummingbird Gathering Nesting Material?

Mike Patterson celata at pacifier.com
Mon Feb 14 08:30:29 PST 2005

I spent the morning going through my references on Anna's
Hummingbirds. There is no mention of males engaging in
nest building nor are there any courtship activities on
record that would include "giving presents".

This is probably something worth writing up a short note
over, to be put in Washington Birds or something.

You would want to include the possibility that it was probing
the cattails for insects, but if you saw it carrying off

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Subject: Male Anna's Hummingbird Gathering Nesting Material?
From: "Jud Scovill" <judscovill AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 07:01:17 -0800

Yesterday (2-13-05) I observed a male Anna's Hummingbird at Green Lake in North
Seattle pluck fluff from an old cat tail seed head and fly up into a nearby
evergreen tree.I assume this was nest-building material/activity because I
can't think what else it could be but both Kaufman (Lives of North American
Birds) and Sibley (The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) state that the
nest is built by the female alone. Maybe it was preparations for Valentine's

Jud Scovill
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Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
celata at pacifier.com

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