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Checklist S10398555

 
Location
Monhegan Island, Lincoln County, Maine, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Mon Sep 15, 1980 7:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
15
Duration:
9 hour(s)
Distance:
16.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Peter Vickery
Comments:
Maine Audubon trip to Monhegan Island. This list includes the village in the am, and the ferry back to Port Clyde in the pm.
Species
43 species (+1 other taxa) total
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Selasphorus sp.

My 1980 notes read:

Observation of a Rufous Hummingbird on Monhegan Island.

On Sept. 15, 1980, I noticed a rusty-rumped/backed hummingbird flash across the trail near the Trailing Yew. The hummingbird disappeared over a thick hedge. Recognizing that it was obviously not a Ruby-throated Hummingbird I [went into] a nearby yard and found the hummingbird perched on an exposed, dead snag. It remained on the perch for some five or six minutes. The hummingbird appeared to be flycatching as it made short flights two or three feet in the air, always returning to the same perch. Close observations were made at minimal focal length (10 - 15 feet) for approximately five minutes. The bird [eventually] flew to a flower bed but was never relocated.

Details: Perched so back was facing me, the bird showed bright rufous upper tail coverts and the basal half of the tail feathers were likewise bright rufous. The distal half of the central 6 or 8 tail feathers were dark with a vaguely green color in the center and a darker color to the tips. The outer 2 or 3 tail feathers were tipped with white. This was especially noticeable when the bird flew up on its brief sorties. Careful attention was given to the shape of the outer tail feathers. In flight they appeared rounded. As the bird was perched about three feet above the ground it was impossible to get an absolute sense of the of the shape of these feathers when the bird was sitting. The general impression was of rounded tips.

The intense rufous color of the proximal half of the tail and upper tail coverts continued up the back as duller rufous to brown feathering. This flatter color extended up to the nape or to the carpal point of the sitting bird. There did not seem to be any sharp break in color from the rump to the nape. My sense was more of a continuum from bright rufous to duller rust/brown feathering. Clearly the back showed no green feathering. The nape was dark, dull green. Likewise the crown appeared dark green and was not bright.

The hummingbird did not have any gorget. Vaguely rufous/brown feathers were scattered thinly on the chin and throat. These did not seem bright and created something of a "candelabra effect," seemingly emanating from the base of the bill.

The chest appeared white and formed a pale band extending horizontally to the green feathering of the nape.

The flanks were strongly orangish but were not as intensely colored as the rump. This rusty/orange extended from the white chest band above the carpal joint to and including the undertail coverts, though the latter were not easily observed. The center of the breast and abdomen were dingier that the white chest band. The undertail coverts were not easily observed. I remember once, when the bird was facing me, noting orangish color but the feathers did not seem smoothly toned. From this angle the spread tail was clearly rounded (as it was in flight and from the rear).

The crown was dark green and this extended below the eye but the general sense was of a plain face. The bill appeared quite straight, perhaps very slightly decurved. The bill was entirely dark, black or nearly so.

The wings were never closely examined, but seemed dark while the bird was perched.

No vocalizations were noted.

Skies were overcast during the period of observation.

signed: PeterVickery


2012: Although I suspect this bird was a Rufous Hummingbird, but I am reporting it as Selasphorus spp. I'm not sure that the details eliminate Allen's Hummingbird, despite the appearance of rounded outer tail feathers. Plus, I'm puzzled by the rufous/brown back if this is an immature bird. But I think it's better reported than ignored.

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Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes