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Allen’s Hummingbird–Bucks County, PA

Alex Lamoreaux|

PA’s 3rd state record for Allen’s Hummingbird recently turned up at Babe Webster’s home in Bucks County. Originally it was assumed that the bird was an immature male Rufous Hummingbird when it first visited Babe’s yard on November 12th, until Scott Weidensaul was able to the capture and band the hummingbird on November 21st and confirmed that it is an immature male Allen’s! The previous two PA Allen’s Hummingbirds were in Leola, Lancaster County (December 2009) and Lititz, Lancaster County (November 2010). Below is a photo and video that I took of the hummingbird on the morning of November 23rd, but there are many more photos of the Allen’s as well as photos during banding, at Howard B. Eskin’s photography website. Here is a link to my eBird checklist from this morning.

Allen’s Hummingbird in Bucks County, PA. PA’s 3rd state record. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

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Alex Lamoreaux

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Alex Lamoreaux has been an avid birder and naturalist since he was a youngster, growing up exploring the farmland and Appalachian ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, studying wildlife biology. Alex has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is a freelance nature tour guide, field biologist, and wildlife photographer. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects ranging from Whimbrel migration along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoo nesting in the desert southwest. He has been the migration counter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the past two fall seasons, documenting the massive visible migration of raptors and songbirds along Lake Superior. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, and strives to bring the birding community together to share in the fun that studying birds and wildlife has to offer. He has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact Info Alex Lamoreaux aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086

  • It should be known that not everyone was onboard with it being a Rufous 🙂

    I thought the brownish tint to the rufous looked really good for Allen’s.

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    From Scott Weidensaul on January 8th, 2013:

    It appears the immature male Allen’s hummingbird that had been at Babe Webster’s home in Pipersville since early November, and which I banded on Nov. 21, has moved on. Babe last observed him feeding yesterday morning about 7:30 a.m., which means he did what a lot of these late-lingering hummers do – waited for a spell of warming temps after a blast of wintry weather, tanked up early and headed out.

    Babe has been hospitality personified, as several hundred people who came to see the hummer can attest – more proof, if I needed it, that hummingbirds have great taste in their hosts.