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Possible sedentarius Selasphorus humbird female in Golata

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  • Jim Greaves
    Forgot to mention (reminded by Joan s post of male) SELASPHORUS female is STILL [as of Saturday pm, 03 Nov 2007] owning the small oak next to the
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 5, 2007
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      Forgot to mention (reminded by Joan's post of male) SELASPHORUS female
      is STILL [as of Saturday pm, 03 Nov 2007] owning the small oak next to
      the bird-of-paradise growing along the sidewalk through middle of south
      part of Stow Grove Park [Goleta, Santa Barbara County], where it feeds
      on Cape Honeysuckle hedge and drives away a nearby Anna's, then perches
      almost out of sight within overhanging oak limbs on east or north side
      of the oak. This female has a regular gorget for the female of Allen's
      (a large-ish patch on throat and rows of dots on either side), green
      horizontal "stripes" through the orange-ish markings on flanks/sides of
      breast, and otherwise usual features of Selasphorus, being a possible
      hybrid or pure "sedentarius" form of Allen's Hummingbird, the one that
      lives and breeds on Channel Islands and mainland coastal areas to the
      east (Malibu and somehwhat southerly) - a female has nested in 2 of
      past 3 winters in Montecito that matches or comes close to matching the
      one at Stow Grove (near the Biltmore January through mid-Feb 2003,
      fledging 2; and the other in open space along a creek, feeding young in
      nest in Feb 2007). I have posted a photo in Hummingbird/Swift folder of
      Stow Grove bird - Jim Greaves
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