Winter Hummingbird Banding
HSBG Bird Banders
Photo © Steve
Berliner of Milwaukie, Oregon
Contact information for HBSG affiliated banders
is listed in the pink box below. We ask that you contact one
of them to report a wintering hummer in your yard or neighborhood.
The magic cutoff date for lingering Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds is November 15th. In some instances
a few Ruby-throated may linger past this date, but the chances of that occurring
are quite small. The first of the adult male Rufous hummingbirds can appear in
the eastern United States as early as mid to late July. Any hummer in your yard
with a brown back is a male Rufous. Please report any very large or all green
hummers to the nearest bander, or to Bob Sargent who will contact you and discuss
what is possible in your area.
We have documented fourteen species
in the eastern United States; Ruby-throated, Rufous, Black-chinned, Allen's,
Anna's, Calliope, Buff-bellied,
Broad-tailed, White-eared, Green Violet-ear, Magnificent, Green-breasted
Mango and Broad-billed and Costa's.
So be sure to leave your feeder out all winter, keep it clean
and maintained and where you can view it easily. If the nectar
is going down in the feeder, watch it for about an hour to
see if you have a bird feeding on it or not. Those of you in
the range for the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, don't worry,
you will not make them stay if
you leave your feeder out in winter. When it is time they will
migrate with or without your feeder. We expect other species
to show up in our area any day, it may be at your house. If
it is, CALL OR EMAIL US!!!
For information on maintaining your winter feeder, click
Thanks to folks like you we are able to capture, identify,
band and release these very special wintering hummingbirds.
~ Bob Sargent