Karl Overman: Birds and More


To an untrained eye such as mine, the Ontario bird looks like a generic female hummingbird but those in the know identified it as a Calliope Hummingbird, a first for Ontario.  The bird was in a tiny urban yard, though well stocked with bird feeders, in this small Lake Huron town well removed from the urban centers of Ontario.  The rules for observing it were lengthy but not unreasonable--you could only come between November 20th and November 25th and between the hours of 9 am to 4 p.m.  There was a $3 charge and there was yellow taped bounderies in the back yard for birders--just as there was for the Ohio Calliope last fall.  Michigan leads the eastern U.S. in hummingbird species recorded I venture to say but it still lacks this species.

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope)

Modified December 6, 2018