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#ABArare – Berylline Hummingbird, Plain-capped Starthroat – Arizona

On May 21, an ABA Code 4 Berylline Hummigbird was observed coming to a feeder in Santa Rita Lodge in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, by a tour group led by Barry Zimmer that was staking out a Code 4 Plain-capped Starthroat that had been first discovered the day before.

Santa Rita Lodge is located at the entrance to Madera Canyon, south of Tucson. For specific directions, see the Santa Rita Lodge website.

The birds were seen around the deck feeders and the lower feeders.

Berylline Hummingbird is uncommon but increasing in southern Arizona, where it has nested in recent years. It has also turned up in New Mexico, Texas, and one incredible record in Michigan in 2014.

Plain-capped Starthroat is one of four members of the Heliomaster genus and the only one to make it into the ABA Area. It is semi-annual in Arizona, but typically found in late summer rather than spring.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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