Saturday, December 24, 2011

Rare visitor sticks around for Christmas Eve

Rufous Hummingbird at AMNH -- photo by Jacob Drucker via NY Daily News

Tom Fiore reports today:

Saturday, 24 December, 2011 -

The Manhattan (N.Y. City) RUFOUS Hummingbird is still present, seen feeding in green-flowered shrubs next to the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History's "Rose Center" off West 81 Street, just inside the small park space, which is between Columbus Avenue & Central Park West. There is now a small nectar-feeder nearby, and in 30+ minutes, beginning around 7:50 a.m., the hummingbird was not seen visiting that small feeder, but exclusively in the greenish flowers & flying about a little, including, once, over towards the street but soon back to the building entry's plantings. Four of us watched this early a.m., with air temperatures starting at slightly below the freezing mark of 32 F. The hummer can be quite unobtrusive at times, feeding or sitting, well within densely-leaved shrubs.

Good birding.

Tom Fiore,

And here's an article from the Daily News: