Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 08:02:14 -0500
Reply-To: Rusty Trump <rusty_trump@HOTMAIL.COM>
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From: Rusty Trump <rusty_trump@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Green-breasted Mango/Rufous Update
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Hi GA Birders,
My son Tyler and I stopped in Dublin to try to see the Green-breasted Mango on the way back from the coast. We arrived around 13:45 and watched the Rhodes feeders until dark and did not see the mango. However, we did see a young male Rufous Hummingbird coming to the same feeder as the mango has been reported. The Rufous came to feed at least 10 times that afternoon. He came to both Rhodes Perky Pet Four Fountain feeders the one by the house where the mango comes and the one hanging in the yard to the right of the carport. He split his time about 50/50 between the two feeders.
So don't assume if you are seeing a hummingbird in this area you are seeing the mango. The Rufous feeds both sitting at the feeder and hovering while feeding. The mango to my knowledge has never been seen perching on a feeder. The mango is much larger, has a down curved bill and has the striped pattern down the front of the bird. The Rufous is smaller, straight bill, and spots on its throat. Both birds have some rufous coloring on them so check the field guide for reference.
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