Winter Hummingbird Season 2003-2004
Richmond, Texas
July 03
A banded female Rufous Hummingbird arrived on the 31st. She is possibly the same bird which spent last winter here and was banded in March of 2002. She is defending the feeder (below center) by perching on the top of it for most of the day. The humbander who originally trapped and banded her, Charlie Brower, did come to try and catch her, but she was very trap shy that morning and wouldn't oblige by being caught this time. To compare with photos of the banded Rufous that was here last year, click here.

August 03
A second female Rufous arrived on the 10th. She is not banded and until she is trapped and banded it is possible that she might be an Allen's. It is impossible to tell the difference unless the bird is in the hand. She is defending another feeder by also perching on it (below left), so I nick-named her Guardian Angel.  See below for an update.

There are 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds around, too. One of them has been defending the third feeder (below right). This is a female bird - the others are both male - one immature and one adult.
unbanded female rufous/allen's banded female rufous female ruby-throated
Angel, guarding "her" feeder!
A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird taking an R & R before continuing on her southbound migration.
This is probably the female Rufous that was banded in March 02, but she could not be recaptured to verify it. A few more photos of her are located here.
September - December 03
We were away on a 3 week trip during September and October, and although I had a neighbor taking care of my feeders, when I returned I didn't see my banded Rufous and thought she must have left. The one I thought was the Guardian Angel, was no longer sitting on the feeder, but now appeared to use a certain twig in the center of the hackberry tree that I can see from my deck. See the photo below left. However, her gorget does not look quite the same, so perhaps she is a new, different hummer.

All the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have left for their wintering grounds in Central America.
This female Rufous was caught and banded on Jan 15th, 2004. She was given a band with the number N39255
This photo was taken on Nov 20th 03. She frequently used this small twig on a hackberry tree as a favorite perch.
January 04
During the first banding session on Jan 15th, only one Rufous was trapped (see above right) and not the one we wanted!  We were hoping to catch the one banded originally in March 02, to prove that she had returned for a second winter, but she seemed to have disappeared, since the one pictured above left, had become more dominant. Then on Jan 19th, 2004, we trapped 3 unbanded female Rufouses - see photos below. The gorget of the Rufous pictured above left, most resembles the one given a band with the unique number: N39257 (below left).
Band # N39257
Band # N39258
Band # N39259
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© Helen Baines 2003

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