During the late fall of 2012 it seemed almost as if a western hummingbird invasion was occurring across the eastern states, with hundreds of reports of Rufous Hummingbirds visiting people’s yards in addition to multiple reports of Allen’s, Black-chinned, Calliope, Costa’s, and Anna’s. In November of 2012, an Anna’s Hummingbird was discovered at a home in Newark, Delaware which turned out to be the state’s first record! My friends and I were able to stop by and see the hummingbird on January 2nd, and I posted some photos and info from that day, which you can see at this link. At that time, the bird had already been captured and banded by licensed hummingbird banders, when it was identified as an immature female. Now, six months later, the hummingbird is still being seen and it is anything but the dull, supposed female that it was determined to be originally. Tom Johnson stopped to see the bird on April 1st and took the photos below. As you can see, the little hummer has completely transformed, having molted in a stunning pink gorget and crown! It is now clear that Delaware’s first Anna’s Hummingbird is an immature male. Additional photos taken by Tom can be seen at his Flickr site.
About the Author
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 943-7086