Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A white-eared Christmas

A few weeks ago on the AZ/NM Listserve an unbelievable amazing report came in from Duanne Morse, who found a first for Maricopa County White-eared Hummingbird in his front yard. Even though the bird was seen near South Mountain Park, which is an hour away from my house I still wanted to go and chase the bird, and after seeing Mr. Tommy's  photos I wanted to see the bird even more! So, after giving Mr. John Kafel a call and giving Mr. Duanne Morse (the owner of the house) an E-mail to get permission to go on his property, I set up a date with destiny. Then on December 20th I went out to South Mountain Park with Mr. John and Mrs. Janet Kafel. Once we arrived at the Morse's house it didn't take long for the hummer to make its first appearance.

 While we were watching the hummer he seemed to have claimed the feeder as his property and he didn't like sharing it very much at all. At one point when I was taking pictures of him he looked me straight in the eye and I could see that he didn't want to share the feeder with me either.

Back off Bro!

I got a little freaked out when he looked me in the eye, but other than that things went awesome in the 2 hours I observed this amazing Mexican stray.

The White-eared was a very unexpected lifer and an awesome one it was. Thanks Mr. John and Mrs. Janet for the awesome lifer and thanks Mr. and Mrs. Morse for letting birders use your yard!

A late Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year to all!!!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Mr. Josh!!! I worked hard for the pix.

  2. Congrats Caleb! What awesome and nice shots you got of Mr. White-eared. One of my all time favorite birds on my Maricopa County list to date!

  3. Thanks Mr. Tommy!!! What an amazing bird it was!