Re: Broad-billed Hummingbird in Davis

Kirk Swenson

The Broad-billed Hummingbird continued to show well off and on throughout the morning and early afternoon. Victoria and Thomas, the homeowners and original reporters of the bird, have been incredibly gracious in allowing dozens of birders access to the bird.

This morning the bird spent a fair amount of time perched in a bare tree in the front yard of the house next door, with occasional forays to nearby houses and across the street, so access to the backyard is not required to see the bird.

Moving forward, they request that those wishing to access the backyard ring the doorbell and they will open the gate. There is a sign on the back gate as a reminder. They have two friendly dogs, so the gate should be kept closed. Please be respectful in following these guidelines during reasonable hours of the day.

P.S. The bird apparently arrived on Friday after the storms. With the help of a friend they had identified it as a Broad-billed Hummingbird but were stymied by the process of adding a previously unrecorded species in the eBird interface, hence the entry as hummingbird sp. with a comment indicating it was a Broad-billed.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis, CA

On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 9:06 AM Steve Hampton <stevechampton@...> wrote:
A BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD is currently being seen in Davis, Yolo County.

Yesterday, Victoria Cross, a new birder, reported a  "hummingbird, sp." at her home in Davis on eBird. She included a photo. Her eBird post is here:

Lucas Corneliuson happened to be scanning thru eBird pics online and came across it. He notified the Yolo group that it is clearly a Broad-billed Hummingbird. 

This morning, at least two dozen of us converged on Antioch Street and found the bird-- which is beautiful. It has been extensively photographed by others (especially Bart Wickel). I recorded it singing and calling here: 

The Crosses, at 319 Antioch, are excited about their new hobby (who wouldn't be with this kind of start???) and are graciously allowing birders around their left side yard into the back yard, where birders may socially distance themselves around the pool-- the feeders are on the opposite side. No need to knock on their door. The bird also routinely comes into the trees in front of 315 and 319 Antioch, including the small bare tree in front of 319. Those homeowners were not yet awake when I was there, but of course use discretion, as this is in front of a window. 

I trust other birders will update on any changes to access and etiquette. 

This is a first county record and possibly a first Central Valley record. 

good birding, 

Steve Hampton
Davis, CA

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