Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:24:08 -0500
Reply-To: Patty McLean <plm7@CDC.GOV>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Patty McLean <plm7@CDC.GOV>
Subject: Black-chinned Hummer (confirmed) on St Simons
On a tip from Bill Flatau about a BCHU on St Simons Island, Kathy Miller, Bob Sattlemeyer and I went to investigate this little gem at the home of Richard and Martha Armstrong at 134 Country Club Drive. Yes, these are the same delightful people who hosted the Buff-be11ied Hummer two yrs ago. Bander Fred Bassett banded this immature male black-chinned on Nov 15, 2011 and has photos available. We saw it today at 3:10 and again at 3:30. Folks are welcome to go and view from the side back yard between their house and the golf course (approach from the left side as you face their house and go past the Lagustrum). There are TWO feeders and TWO hummingbirds visiting them. One is the BCHU and another is a female Ruby-throated. The BCHU seems to prefer the feeder close to the house and has a pink bander's mark on its forehead and a thin black (purple) gorget/strip down its chin. I don't know if the ruby-throated has the same pink mark or not. According to the Armstrongs, the BCHU is!
fairly regular early morning and mid-day. We hope to get it for tomorrow's CBC.
GPS coordinates (for parking)
N 31 11.926
Patty McLean (BCHU # 330)
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