Dori Sosensky, one of Connecticut’s most dedicated birders, maintains a feeding station, complete with hummingbird feeders, at LighthousePoint Park, in New Haven, and she and others were rewarded yesterday with an extraordinary visit from a calliope hummingbird (an adult female), which lives and nests in the southwest and west. The Connecticut Ornithological Association’s daily email remarks:
The bird was visiting the feeders in the butterfly garden all day, from when it was sighted around 10:00 AM every 15 to 30 minutes until 4:20 PM. It is worth noting the effort that Dori Sosensky in particular has put into creating and maintaining this garden and keeping the feeders available so this could happen.
[Monday update: I gleaned the following clarification from Monday's Connecticut birder email: I was told quite pointedly by Dori that, while she has been keeping the hummingbird feeders in operation, the butterfly garden is the work of a great many people, and her contribution is far more limited than what I indicated in yesterday's report. In particular I send my apologies to Christine Cook the designer, Dan Barvir the New Haven Park Ranger, and Carol Lemmon past president of the Connecticut Butterfly Association, as well as what I was told were many more contributors. Mea maxima culpa, and thank you all.]
You can see the tiny bird (the smallest North American bird, in fact), here, thanks to a couple of terrific photos by Julian Hough, a birder and photographer. It is the first time a calliope hummingbird has been seen in Connecticut.