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Hummingbird Mystery In Oak Park, Illinois

December 12, 2011

Bird Feeder

Click the Oak Park’s Mystery Hummingbird below for updates on this hummingbird.

The bird was initially believed to be a broad-tailed hummingbird, a species that breeds in the Rocky Mountains and spends winters in Central America. Experts know of no previous sighting of a broad-tailed hummingbird in Illinois.



Oak Park’s Mystery Hummingbird 

“Most recent update to this page: December 9, 10:43 a.m. Central Standard Time

TODAY IS BANDING DAY — NO VISITORS ALLOWED IN OUR YARD. We want to give the hummer a chance to recover from its banding experience.

Most recent sighting: Friday, December 9, at 10:37 a.m.The hummer first visited our feeders today before sunrise, at 6:39 a.m., despite the thin coating of snow on the ground.

Banding and DNA updateVern Kleen came to the our yard this morning to capture and band the hummingbird, and HE WAS SUCCESSFUL!  You can read about it here:

Along with detailed measurements that could help with identification of the hummer, Vern and two Field Museum scientists collected samples that will be used for DNA testing. Here is a Field Museum scientist’s summary of how DNA testing is done, and what it can tell us:  (This was written back when we thought we would only have a fecal sample to work with.)”

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