Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Return of Mr. X

Allen's Hummingbird
Some may remember Mr. X from the Silver-backed Whop-de-do in 2015. Mr X reached out to me Sunday and told me to meet him Sunday at 4 pm if I wanted to get an Allen's Hummingbird. When Mr. X makes you an offer you can't say no.

I was at the rendezvous point right on time. He lead me to a more private location and motioned me to a chair.

Almost immediately a Buff-bellied Hummingbird came in for Year Bird 186. A few minutes more and a Black-chinned Hummingbird made an appearance for Year Bird 187. Rufous Hummingbird made Year Bird 188. Then we debated the identification of one bird when the sun caught it gorget and showed it to be a young make Ruby-throated Hummingbird for Year Bird 189.

Then a flash of orange I thought was a male Rufous. Mr. X then said there was no male Rufous here. The bird turned, the green back showed it to be the Allen's Hummingbird for Year Bird 190.

I made sure not to over stay my welcome with Mr. X and left 5 hummingbirds richer!

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