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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Good hummer banding day

We caught and banded 6 hummingbird species (Allen's, Lucifer, Rufous, Calliope, Ruby-throated, & Black-chinned) today at  the oasis. At another banding site 3 miles south of the oasis Kelly banded this juvenile male Lucifer. It surely fledged early in the season, like April or May. Even though Kelly has banded more Lucifers than any other bander, we had never seen a hatch year Lucifer with more than about six gorget feathers, so this one was a real treat. (Photos courtesy of Kelly Bryan)

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