Aug 19 2013
Last week Scott Weidensaul reminded Pennsylvania birders that with hummingbird migration underway we might — just might — see a rarity at our feeders.
He wrote, “PABIRDers will recall that last fall and winter we documented an astounding 94 western hummingbirds of four species in Pennsylvania, and that was probably the tip of the iceberg.”
In honor of Western Hummer Season I’ve made a quiz with a twist. These recent hummingbird photos were all taken outside of Pennsylvania by former Pittsburghers. Some of these birds can be found in Pennsylvania, one cannot, and one of Pennsylvania’s rarities isn’t pictured here at all.
Can you identify these hummingbirds? (starting with Mystery #1 above)
Experts will know what they are. The rest of us can appreciate the beautiful photos. Don’t feel bad if you can’t identify them — I couldn’t without looking them up. Answers are in the first Comment.
Mystery Hummingbird #2:
Mystery Hummingbird #3:
Mystery Hummingbird #4:
Mystery Hummingbird #5:
Keep your hummingbird feeders full and watch for unusual birds this fall. The hint may be just a slight color difference.
p.s. See Rob Protz’ comment for the western hummer species I forgot to mention…