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NC hummer update

Yesterday I banded a first year Rufous Hummingbird in Fairfield Harbour, a
community just east of New Bern.  The hummer is being hosted by Bill and
Inge Parker, very nice folks who have a terrific set up of feeders, etc. in
their yard.  They also have at least one Red-breasted Nuthatch in the

I made a second visit to the Moore's in Oriental, who, until three days
ago, had hosted a Selasphorus hummingbird .  They, too, had an extensive
feeding/watering station in their yard. I waited with them watching their
feeders and the creek behind thehouse for about an hour.  Unfortunately the
hummer did not make an appearance but, hopefully, it has moved elsewhere
after its month-long visit.

Fellow birder, Chris Eley, who has an interest in learning to band birds
came along to help. He was rewarded with being able to hold his first
hummer at the Parker's.  It was great to have company on the drive and to
have another set of hands for setting up, taking photos, etc.  One thing is
for sure, duirng my travels, I have the opportnity to appreciate countless
displays of Christmas lights and decorations all over NC.  Some are simply

Next weekend I plan to make a trip to Charlotte to band a few hummers
there, including a male Ruby-throated.  I will keep you posted-

Susan M. Campbell
Whispering Pines, NC