To see a list of my significant recaptures click here To download an article on the proper care use of hummingbird feeders by Carolyn Ohl-Johnson click here To see my identification, aging, sexing and data guide based on my west Texas data set click here To download a copy of Birds of the Trans-Pecos click here To download a copy of A Checklist of Texas Birds click here To see my Lucifer Hummingbird powerpoint presentation from the recent IBBA conference click here a special, once in a lifetime event occurred at our mountain property high up in the Davis Mountains of west Texas near Fort Davis.A juvenile male Amethyst-throated Hummingbird was spotted coming in to our vast array of feeders located there.The previous evening when filling a few feeders, I caught a glimpse of a large-dark hummingbird that I thought might be a violetear. Sure enough, I saw the bird in question trying to visit a feeder but other birds immediately chased it off. Enjoy these pictures (obviously Michael Gray’s pictures are the ones to “die for”, but one of these days I will up my game! We figured that it would not be possible due to internet connectivity limitations; however, a check with the local provider found otherwise and the project was given a green light.
This provided the first documentary evidence of the bird’s occurrence there (see: ). The Amethyst-throated Hummingbird normally occurs only in the mountains of eastern Mexico and is not know to be migratory.On the day the Amethyst-throated Hummingbird was spotted, Charles Floyd, had come up for a very timely visit.Shortly after sitting down on the front porch I spotted a different looking bird trying to feed at one of the feeders hanging off the front deck.Charles Eldermire flew down with his “bags” of electronic goodies and the rest, they say, is history.On September 4 the installation was complete but not yet ready for public viewing.