Late Rufous Hummingbird in Bishop

Observers: Chris Howard
Date: 10/02/2006
Time: 04:37 PM -0400

Today at lunch (2 Oct 2006) there was an immature male Selasphorus hummingbird, presumably Rufous, behind the Bishop City Park in a backyard defending a line of Salvia from an Anna's. At the time, I wondered if this was going to be the last Rufous I'd see this year. Checking the Heindel Graphs, it looks like it probably will be the last, since the latest record in the graphs is 30 Sept.  The bird had extensive pale rufous flanks, some rufous on the back, and the center of its throat had a red gorget, flecked with a few gorget feathers on the sides of the throat.  I'd have a hard time leaving that patch of Salvia, too!