Bahama Woodstar

Bahama Woodstar

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May 15th, 2017, 7:21 pm #1

posted on FL listserve 5-14-17
Late this afternoon I found what I believe is an imm male Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Santuary at the south end of Brevard county. The bird was fly-catching in a large fruiting fig 50yrds due west of the parking area. It was also visiting a Flame vine bush just to the south of the fig. The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 this afternoon. Below is a few links to my Flickr page with some pics of the bird.
https://flic.kr/p/UBF9EH
https://flic.kr/p/UBF2hX
https://flic.kr/p/Ue9Kty
https://flic.kr/p/TzCNjZ
Mitchell Harris

I have no idea if my copy and past will work but I'm giving it a try!
Intriguing and a very rare hummer in FL or anywhere in the eastern US if verified.

I'm close to making the 300 mi trip to take a photo if it continues.

5/19/17 Have changed the Title bar since there is little doubt from all credible observers that it is a "Woodstar".
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Joe M.
Lakeland, FL
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May 15th, 2017, 7:42 pm #2

Joe,

What exciting news!! Beautiful photos and bird. I hope you get to see and photograph this bird.
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May 15th, 2017, 8:05 pm #3

posted on FL listserve 5-14-17
Late this afternoon I found what I believe is an imm male Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Santuary at the south end of Brevard county. The bird was fly-catching in a large fruiting fig 50yrds due west of the parking area. It was also visiting a Flame vine bush just to the south of the fig. The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 this afternoon. Below is a few links to my Flickr page with some pics of the bird.
https://flic.kr/p/UBF9EH
https://flic.kr/p/UBF2hX
https://flic.kr/p/Ue9Kty
https://flic.kr/p/TzCNjZ
Mitchell Harris

I have no idea if my copy and past will work but I'm giving it a try!
Intriguing and a very rare hummer in FL or anywhere in the eastern US if verified.

I'm close to making the 300 mi trip to take a photo if it continues.

5/19/17 Have changed the Title bar since there is little doubt from all credible observers that it is a "Woodstar".
Another brief comment I noted about this bird.

http://blog.aba.org/2017/05/__trashed.html/

The reason I'm fairly confident that this bird is the "real thing" is that Mitchell Harris is a very experienced birder and well respected in the FL birding community.
Joe M.
Lakeland, FL
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May 15th, 2017, 8:08 pm #4

posted on FL listserve 5-14-17
Late this afternoon I found what I believe is an imm male Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Santuary at the south end of Brevard county. The bird was fly-catching in a large fruiting fig 50yrds due west of the parking area. It was also visiting a Flame vine bush just to the south of the fig. The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 this afternoon. Below is a few links to my Flickr page with some pics of the bird.
https://flic.kr/p/UBF9EH
https://flic.kr/p/UBF2hX
https://flic.kr/p/Ue9Kty
https://flic.kr/p/TzCNjZ
Mitchell Harris

I have no idea if my copy and past will work but I'm giving it a try!
Intriguing and a very rare hummer in FL or anywhere in the eastern US if verified.

I'm close to making the 300 mi trip to take a photo if it continues.

5/19/17 Have changed the Title bar since there is little doubt from all credible observers that it is a "Woodstar".
Joe,

I've been following this and it was photographed again this morning. Yesterday's images looked very good to my untrained eye. I am not being modest here, I have never seen a Bahama Woodstar and have not studied the species nor have I studied the closely related Inagua Woodstar, I would not know how to make a definitive identification. However, if I were closer . . . Also in yesterday's eBird was a report of a Cuban Emerald, but that report was not really credible as the person also reported a Cuban Martin and there were no images nor any written description of either rarity.

To put things into perspective, I once drove nearly 700 miles to band a Green Violetear [now Mexican Violetear] only to have the permission to band rescinded when I arrived. Just last summer, I drove 300+ miles to band a Mexican Violetear in Louisiana only to arrive about 3 hours after the last sighting. You must have more sanity than I do . . . congrats.
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May 15th, 2017, 8:27 pm #5

posted on FL listserve 5-14-17
Late this afternoon I found what I believe is an imm male Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Santuary at the south end of Brevard county. The bird was fly-catching in a large fruiting fig 50yrds due west of the parking area. It was also visiting a Flame vine bush just to the south of the fig. The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 this afternoon. Below is a few links to my Flickr page with some pics of the bird.
https://flic.kr/p/UBF9EH
https://flic.kr/p/UBF2hX
https://flic.kr/p/Ue9Kty
https://flic.kr/p/TzCNjZ
Mitchell Harris

I have no idea if my copy and past will work but I'm giving it a try!
Intriguing and a very rare hummer in FL or anywhere in the eastern US if verified.

I'm close to making the 300 mi trip to take a photo if it continues.

5/19/17 Have changed the Title bar since there is little doubt from all credible observers that it is a "Woodstar".
That is a once in a lifetime kind of find. Congratulations.
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May 16th, 2017, 1:22 pm #6

posted on FL listserve 5-14-17
Late this afternoon I found what I believe is an imm male Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Santuary at the south end of Brevard county. The bird was fly-catching in a large fruiting fig 50yrds due west of the parking area. It was also visiting a Flame vine bush just to the south of the fig. The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 this afternoon. Below is a few links to my Flickr page with some pics of the bird.
https://flic.kr/p/UBF9EH
https://flic.kr/p/UBF2hX
https://flic.kr/p/Ue9Kty
https://flic.kr/p/TzCNjZ
Mitchell Harris

I have no idea if my copy and past will work but I'm giving it a try!
Intriguing and a very rare hummer in FL or anywhere in the eastern US if verified.

I'm close to making the 300 mi trip to take a photo if it continues.

5/19/17 Have changed the Title bar since there is little doubt from all credible observers that it is a "Woodstar".
Very cool Joe. If you do go I sure hope you're successful as I know we'll see some great shots.
Tom M
St. Pete, FL
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May 16th, 2017, 3:06 pm #7

posted on FL listserve 5-14-17
Late this afternoon I found what I believe is an imm male Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Santuary at the south end of Brevard county. The bird was fly-catching in a large fruiting fig 50yrds due west of the parking area. It was also visiting a Flame vine bush just to the south of the fig. The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 this afternoon. Below is a few links to my Flickr page with some pics of the bird.
https://flic.kr/p/UBF9EH
https://flic.kr/p/UBF2hX
https://flic.kr/p/Ue9Kty
https://flic.kr/p/TzCNjZ
Mitchell Harris

I have no idea if my copy and past will work but I'm giving it a try!
Intriguing and a very rare hummer in FL or anywhere in the eastern US if verified.

I'm close to making the 300 mi trip to take a photo if it continues.

5/19/17 Have changed the Title bar since there is little doubt from all credible observers that it is a "Woodstar".
Joe, according to the Florida Birdbrains listserv, the Bahama Woodstar was observed again this morning.
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May 16th, 2017, 5:14 pm #8

posted on FL listserve 5-14-17
Late this afternoon I found what I believe is an imm male Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Santuary at the south end of Brevard county. The bird was fly-catching in a large fruiting fig 50yrds due west of the parking area. It was also visiting a Flame vine bush just to the south of the fig. The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 this afternoon. Below is a few links to my Flickr page with some pics of the bird.
https://flic.kr/p/UBF9EH
https://flic.kr/p/UBF2hX
https://flic.kr/p/Ue9Kty
https://flic.kr/p/TzCNjZ
Mitchell Harris

I have no idea if my copy and past will work but I'm giving it a try!
Intriguing and a very rare hummer in FL or anywhere in the eastern US if verified.

I'm close to making the 300 mi trip to take a photo if it continues.

5/19/17 Have changed the Title bar since there is little doubt from all credible observers that it is a "Woodstar".
Thanks Nan,
Following the posts and will probably head over tomorrow with fingers crossed.
Joe M.
Lakeland, FL
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May 17th, 2017, 1:21 am #9

posted on FL listserve 5-14-17
Late this afternoon I found what I believe is an imm male Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Santuary at the south end of Brevard county. The bird was fly-catching in a large fruiting fig 50yrds due west of the parking area. It was also visiting a Flame vine bush just to the south of the fig. The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 this afternoon. Below is a few links to my Flickr page with some pics of the bird.
https://flic.kr/p/UBF9EH
https://flic.kr/p/UBF2hX
https://flic.kr/p/Ue9Kty
https://flic.kr/p/TzCNjZ
Mitchell Harris

I have no idea if my copy and past will work but I'm giving it a try!
Intriguing and a very rare hummer in FL or anywhere in the eastern US if verified.

I'm close to making the 300 mi trip to take a photo if it continues.

5/19/17 Have changed the Title bar since there is little doubt from all credible observers that it is a "Woodstar".
I sure hope if you go Joe, you get some great photos!!

Marilyn
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May 17th, 2017, 9:02 pm #10

posted on FL listserve 5-14-17
Late this afternoon I found what I believe is an imm male Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Santuary at the south end of Brevard county. The bird was fly-catching in a large fruiting fig 50yrds due west of the parking area. It was also visiting a Flame vine bush just to the south of the fig. The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 this afternoon. Below is a few links to my Flickr page with some pics of the bird.
https://flic.kr/p/UBF9EH
https://flic.kr/p/UBF2hX
https://flic.kr/p/Ue9Kty
https://flic.kr/p/TzCNjZ
Mitchell Harris

I have no idea if my copy and past will work but I'm giving it a try!
Intriguing and a very rare hummer in FL or anywhere in the eastern US if verified.

I'm close to making the 300 mi trip to take a photo if it continues.

5/19/17 Have changed the Title bar since there is little doubt from all credible observers that it is a "Woodstar".
Well I did decide to drive over to Melbourne Beach (Maritime Hammock), upon arrival at 10 AM was informed it had not been seen since before 8 AM. I had allotted myself 2 hrs., before heading back home, and found a comfortable place to observe the only likely bush a hummer would visit. 10 min. later "lo and behold" there she was briefly feeding on Cape honeysuckle. She returned again in 15 min. and again 15 min. later. Headed back home less than an hour after arriving. The "hummer spirits" had listened to my prayers for her to make a showing. None of my photos really do justice in showing her tail which immediately differentiates her from Rufous or Ruby-throated, much longer with a totally different coloration pattern. She is very much the same size.

It was a worth while trip and adds a 7th species to my FL hummingbird bird list, (Calliphlox evelynae).


Joe M.
Lakeland, FL
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