When I was looking for other late Ruby-throat reports in the Upper Midwest (yes, our Madison, WI Ruby-throat is still here on November 5!), I noticed that there is an Anna's Hummingbird coming to a feeder in Des Moines, Iowa (I bet you'd love to go and see this bird Dan!) and two Anna's Hummingbirds (adult male and female) coming to a yard in Grand Marais, Michigan.
We had an Anna's hummingbird in Stoughton, a suburb of Madison, in October 2007. That was something to see. Here's a link to the photo on our website:
The Anna's reports are amazing. It has been a very slow year for vagrants in MN & WI, though. It seems like there are always at least a few stray Rufous hummers that pass through. We've had unusually warm weather here, but hope your hummer is able to find it's way south soon, before winter arrives in full force!
Zone 4 Red Wing MN
Indy Steve (Login Stevenindy) Hummingbird lover 2007
Re: Anna's Hummingbirds in Iowa & Michigan
November 6 2010, 10:59 AM
Those reports are truly amazing. So unbelievable that annas could be that far north and east and this late in the year. Heres hoping they will find their way to where they need to be before long.
Ward said, "Anna's is so rare mid country and in the east - what are the odds of two in one place? New Jersey is still waiting for its first."
Anna's is pretty rare for us in Louisiana, but when the first were found in November 1979, there were 3 individuals. The location was not even a garden, but rather an oil field, where the birds were using the flowers of Salt Matrimony Vine [Lycium carolinianum]. In 1995, I banded 2 adult females and observed a third in a garden in the town of Cameron, about 15 miles from the site of the first to be found.
Don't forget that New York's first Calliopes were 2 immature males together in a public garden in New York City. Strange, but true!
Nancy L Newfield
Metairie, Louisiana USA
USDA Zone 9
"Strange but true": when I think of the odds I must conclude we live in a strange but marvelous world. It is not as if hummingbirds flock together like geese in migration or in this case did two birds travel by day together over such a long and difficult distance. We'll never know.