A hummer on Park Point

I still haven’t seen my first hummingbird of the year, but they’re around. As Kurt Kuehn reported, he has been seeing hummingbirds for a couple of weeks in Lester Park and this past weekend in Alden Township.
And Lyle Anderson sent these lovely pictures of a hummingbird on Park Point:

He also sent a picture of a Sphinx moth, which Lyle tells me is sometimes, at first glance, mistaken for a hummingbird:

Beautiful lilac, eh?
Two more from Lyle, who reports a pair of catbirds have made their annual visit:

Lyle tells me the catbirds are fond of grape jelly and peanuts.
Finally, an update from Jeannette Lang, who recently shared a picture of a mystery nest. After further observation, Jeannette reports that the nest is the home of a pair of fox sparrows.
Although I can’t see the nest, I’ve been enjoying watching a pair of chickadees go in and out of a hollow in my crabapple tree. They appear to be bringing food back and forth, leading me to think baby chickadees might be inside. The chickadees don’t scold when I come near; they just quietly watch me.

Your bird stories and pictures are welcome at jlundy@duluthnews.com. Please include the approximate date and place you took your pictures, and any other information you’d like to share.

6 thoughts on “A hummer on Park Point

  1. I had at least twelve hummingbirds at my feeders yesterday. They emptied out two feeders. There are still quite a few here this morning at 6:00.

    • Wow! Twelve!? I’d be excited to see two.
      However, I did see my first hummingbird of the year yesterday — at one of my feeders. So I’m feeling pleased about that.

      • Today I went out to refill my hummingbird feeder. I guess I was being watched closely. Before I could get it rehung, a male flew up and started eating. I held it a couple minutes before I finished hanging it so he could finish. I guess they have gotten used to me.
        Great pictures.

    • For the past week the hummers in my yard have been doing what I believe to be mating dances. For one dance he flies high into the air then flies toward the ground but at the last second pulls up and flies back into the air in a U shaped arc. He repeats this about 3 times. He makes whistling and whirring noises as he does this. I have also seen mini dances similar to the big dance for females at the feeder. Lots of interesting noises.

  2. Are you sure it’s a Fox Sparrow nest? Fox Sparrows generally breed in northern Canada and they are not “very small” birds – they are about the size of thrushes. A few may still be passing through Duluth in May, but not a single one has been reported on ebird in Minnesota in June, July or August since 1900. They are also not listed in the Minnesota breeding bird atlas. If this is indeed a Fox Sparrow nest, it’s an incredibly important find and needs to be documented.

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