Karl Overman: Birds and More


What a great name for a rare bird chase destination--Luckey, Ohio.  Actually I had one other good bird near there over the years, Loggerhead Shrike, a very tough bird to come by in Ohio. Rufous Hummingbird is now an annual bird in Ontario and all the Great Lakes states and always at feeders.  The species can stay well into winter as the bird below at the Black Swamp Observatory at Magee Marsh, Ohio though according to Allen Chartier they have not been known to winter successfully in Michigan or Ohio though last year [2012] when there essentially was no winter in Michigan and Ohio, a bird in eastern Ohio stayed until around February 25th.  The Magee Marsh bird, per Allen Chartier, is a hatch year female that he banded in December, 2012 and the bird first appeared in September.  Eventually there were two Rufous Hummingbirds at the feeders at the Black Swamp Observatory.

The Michigan birds are females that really cannot be identified as to species in the field beyond a coin toss between Rufous and Allen’s Hummingbird.  Fortunately Allen Chartier  banded the birds and identified and sexed them.

Rufous Hummingbird  (Selasphorus rufus)

Modified December 19, 2018