Tuesday evening, August 9, 2016 Rufous Hummingbirds!

Seward, Alaska
Seward’s hummingbirds usually migrate by mid July, but I had a report from the Clearview area that a hummingbird visited their feeder this morning around 7:30 am. To my amazement, a female Rufous Hummingbird visited my feeder this evening about 8:30 pm.
After July 15th, be on the lookout for different species such as the Anna’s Hummingbird, which looks very similar, but does not have any rufous coloration.
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website, the Rufous Hummingbird migrates from southern Alaska to Mexico, roughly 3,900 miles one-way. This is the longest migration route of all US hummingbirds, and an astounding feat for a bird that only weighs 3.41 grams, less than two pennies!
If you want to feed these incredible hummers, boil 4 cups water and add 1 cup granulated sugar. Do not add red food coloring as it may cause tumors. Cool, and partially fill feeder; no need to top it off as the demand is low. Store any surplus sugar water in the refrigerator; it will keep up to a week. Clean the feeder and change the feeder solution every few days or when it turns cloudy, whichever comes first.
Happy Birding!
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
Carol Griswold

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