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Buff-bellied Hummingbird--SC state record

On 4 December I went to Lexington, South Carolina (near Columbia) to 
investigate the report of two hummingbirds with reddish orange bills 
that were coming to a feeder.

I observed only one bird but was able to capture and band it: the 
first Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis) ever reported 
for South Carolina. It's exciting--make that exhilarating!--to be 
able to add a new species to the state list.

Thanks to Cathleen Lee for reporting the bird and allowing me to band 
it, and to Nancy Newfield for her expert advice on ageing and sexing 
Buff-bellied Hummingbirds.

I am awaiting word on whether the bird is still visiting the feeder. 
If it is, I will post a note to the list later today (5 December) 
about travel directions and Cathleen's requests about viewing the 
bird. Please do not attempt to contact her or visit until then.

Details and photos are on the Web site for Hilton Pond Center for 
Piedmont Natural History at 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/BUFHBanding011204Main.html .

With enthusiasm,


BILL HILTON JR., "The Piedmont Naturalist"
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
1432 DeVinney Road, York, South Carolina 29745 USA
hilton@hiltonpond.org, (803) 684-5852, eFax: (503) 218-0845

Please visit our web sites at http://www.hiltonpond.org and

"Never trust a person too lazy to get up for sunrise or too busy to
watch the sunset."					BHjr.