A revealing Calliope encounter
- While banding hummingbirds this morning we captured an adult female Calliope Hummingbird with a band that is not ours. As we soon learned, this 'foreign recapture' was banded by master bander Fred Bassett on July 5, 2013, at the OX Ranch near Council, Idaho. The location is in NW Idaho near the Oregon border. We spoke with Fred this evening who said it was one of about 120 mostly female Calliopes and 2 male Rufous he banded that day. When it arrived here, the AHY female Calliope #P07162 weighed a whopping 4.3 grams. The average weight for a breeding female CAHU is about 2.8 grams but hummers usually gain weight for migration. She appeared to be an older bird but with no iridescent spots in the gorget.
A distance calculator indicates this bird traveled at least 569 miles heading southeast 130.2 degrees in 22 days; an average rate of 25.9 miles per day.
With more than 10K birds banded we're delighted to have finally caught another bander's bird at our farm (it gets lonely out here in the western high desert). We've come close only once before with the capture of Nancy Newfield's Broad-billed Hummingbird only 2 miles north of the house in Nov. 2002.
Congratulations to Fred Bassett for his first recap of a bird from the XO Ranch site. Re encounter records of Calliope Hummingbirds are not very common.