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   Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Amazilia violiceps


   Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps) - VCHU (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2018 @ 8:55am, 28 day(s) ago
    California birders, The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in mid October. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please
    do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local listservs as appropriate. Thank you. Tom Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee 2018-031 Fulvous Whistling-Duck 9 Apr-26 Jun 2018Goleta, SBA (documentation from 8 observers) 2018-075 Fulvous Whistling-Duck 11-20 Jul 2018 Ballona Freshwater Marsh, LA(documentation from 11 observers) 2018-074 Violet-crowned Hummingbird 7 Jul-1 Aug 2018Kern River Preserve, KER (documentation from 9 observers) 2018-079 Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel15 Jul 2018 near San Nicolas Island, VEN (documentation from 2 observers) 2018-032 Gray Hawk 12 Apr-24 Jun 2018 Palo Verde Ecol. Res., RIV (documentation from 3 observers) What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the
    CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online
    submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ). Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable)
    photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That
    really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people,
    then send as many photos as possible that show the bird at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively
    short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please
    contact the secretary if you need to submit a file that is too large for email. Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location,
    at a minimum. Sometimes a photo cant be obtained or vocalizations cant be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that arent preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally,
    this description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate
    a written description. The most important aspect of a written description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation,
    and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used,
    distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions, length of time viewed, and other observers present. 
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  3. Violet-crowned Hummingbird Aug 1st LINK
    DATE: Aug 2, 2018 @ 9:45am, 3 month(s) ago
    Hi,
    
    Kern River Preserve Manager reed Tollefson reports seeing the Violetc-crowned Hummingbird at the HQ yardfeeders yesterday, Aug 1 with the following comment, "Its still here at feeders on occasion." This individual is now a July 7-August 1, 2019, 26 day bird.
    
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County
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  5. 7/28/19 - Violet-crowned hummingbird Still Present! LINK
    DATE: Jul 28, 2018, 3 month(s) ago
    All:
    
    The Audubon Kern River Preserve Headquarters, Weldon, Southern Sierra nevada, Kern County, California, VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD was seen again at 12:48 p.m.today by Bruce Garlinger and Denise LaBerteaux at the hummingbird feeder station off the nature trail JUST beyond the visitor center. Bruce and Denise are among the very few lucky ones to have now seen this species multiple times at this location. This is now a July 7-28, 2019, twenty-two day bird - with some days, especially recently, lacking little to any search coverage.
    
    I definitely feel for those of you who have driven 100s of miles on more than one occasion while still having missed this hummingbird. It is definitely difficult to sit and watch for 15 hours from first light to last light; especially without the guarantee that this bird will appear. Some have seen it within a few minutes of arriving at Kern River preserve Headquarters while others have been cursed despite many long hours looking. This bird just hasn't establish a reliable pattern of occurrence to narrow the search window.
    
    Serving as the Messenger Bruce Garlinger & Denise LaBerteaux's Request,
    
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, Mojave Desert, California
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  7. Kern VC Hummer Seen Yesterday & Today LINK
    DATE: Jul 18, 2018 @ 4:31pm, 3 month(s) ago
    FYI,
    
    The Kern River Preserve Violet-crowned Hummingbird was seen by Garrett Moss yesterday (7:07 pm, 7:12 pm) and Bill Deppe several times this morning (between 10:10 and 10:55 when Bill left).
    
    Even though this bird is still present as of today (making it now a July 7-18, twelve day bird ), it can take up to several hours and multiple visits to see - with some birders coming up empty thus far. Some birders have been super fortunate in that they showed up and saw this bird within a very few minutes to an hour while others have put in hours and hours without succeeding in seeing this bird.
    
    Serving as the Messenger,
    
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
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  9. Violet-crowned Hummingbird continues 7/15 LINK
    DATE: Jul 15, 2018 @ 2:16pm, 3 month(s) ago
    The Violet-crowned Hummingbird made visits today (7/15) a few times between 10:30am-12:30pm at the feeders at Kern River Preserve Headquarters.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino
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  11. Violet-crowned Hummingbird evening obs, 14 July LINK
    DATE: Jul 14, 2018 @ 7:58pm, 3 month(s) ago
    I arrived at the Kern River Preserve at 6pm. At 717pm the Violet-crowned Hummingbird appeared for about 15s at the feeder, flew up to perch for about 5s, then flew south towards the driveway. It returned at 727pm but did not feed. Returned to feed at 745pm, and then I departed. From what I gather, it appears more reliable after 12pm.
    
    Justyn Stahl
    San Clemente Island
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  13. Kern VCHU late afternoon 7/13 LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2018 @ 11:24pm, 3 month(s) ago
    The KRP Violet-crowned Hummingbird appeared three times between 5:20pm and 6:00pm. The first two were "hit and runs," easily missed if one wasn't closely watching the feeders. The third observation was more prolonged, after which the bird flew directly overhead into the cottonwood from which the feeders hang, perching about ten feet directly above the feeders in an area where there are only "twigs" (leafless branches no bigger around than a human finger), many of them with vestiges of a mossy mistletoe type parasitic plant. The bird sat here for several minutes, before flying higher and further back into the same tree.
    
    Best of luck for those who try this weekend!
    
    Andrew Howe
    Riverside, CA
    howe395@...
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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] NOW! Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird Seen! LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2018 @ 11:15am, 3 month(s) ago
    After waiting since predawn, the bird just visited for about 15 seconds.
    
    Will only spend a short while longer here but anyway, its out there....
    
    Logan Kahle
    San Francisco
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Jul 13, 2018, at 10:49 AM, 'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Thank you, Tom Edell! Tom
    
    On Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 9:56 AM tedell < tedell@... > wrote:
    
    Spent just short of ten hours looking for this bird on Thursday, but did not see it. We left around 6:30 and someone else showed up then an stayed until dark and apparently also did not see it.
    
    Tom Edell
    Cayucos, CA
    
    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes@... [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    Date: 7/13/18 9:20 AM (GMT-08:00)
    To: "T.G. Miko" < tgmiko@... >
    Cc: CALBIRDS < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] NOW! Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird Seen!
    
    Tom, et. a.l.:
    
    Ultimately not known if anyone was even looking. Regardless, no reports by phone or eBird posts for Thursday. I suspect there aren't many people willing to put in 14-15 hours of daylight time on a single day to see if the VCHU is still there; especially knowing if they are alone and walk away from the viewing area for a brief period for any reason, they might miss it. If it is seen again, it might be the result of someone or someones who decide to put in an hour or two as part of other activities during a day. Added to that, that person/those people has/have to think to alert others.
    
    Lack of that bird being a guarantee if one tries for it has likely been a discouraging factor for some to many to go for it. There have been several who have spent 2-6 hours looking, then gave up only to find that another person enjoyed it after they left.
    
    Bob
    
    
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  17. Re: [CALBIRDS] NOW! Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird Seen! LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2018 @ 10:49am, 3 month(s) ago
    Thank you, Tom Edell! Tom
    
    On Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 9:56 AM tedell < tedell@... > wrote:
    
    Spent just short of ten hours looking for this bird on Thursday, but did not see it. We left around 6:30 and someone else showed up then an stayed until dark and apparently also did not see it.
    
    Tom Edell
    Cayucos, CA
    
    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes@... [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com >
    Date: 7/13/18 9:20 AM (GMT-08:00)
    To: "T.G. Miko" < tgmiko@... >
    Cc: CALBIRDS < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] NOW! Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird Seen!
    
    Tom, et. a.l.:
    
    Ultimately not known if anyone was even looking. Regardless, no reports by phone or eBird posts for Thursday. I suspect there aren't many people willing to put in 14-15 hours of daylight time on a single day to see if the VCHU is still there; especially knowing if they are alone and walk away from the viewing area for a brief period for any reason, they might miss it. If it is seen again, it might be the result of someone or someones who decide to put in an hour or two as part of other activities during a day. Added to that, that person/those people has/have to think to alert others.
    
    Lack of that bird being a guarantee if one tries for it has likely been a discouraging factor for some to many to go for it. There have been several who have spent 2-6 hours looking, then gave up only to find that another person enjoyed it after they left.
    
    Bob
    
    
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  19. Re: [CALBIRDS] NOW! Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird Seen! LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2018 @ 9:56am, 3 month(s) ago
    Spent just short of ten hours looking for this bird on Thursday, but did not see it. We left around 6:30 and someone else showed up then an stayed until dark and apparently also did not see it.
    
    Tom Edell
    Cayucos, CA
    
    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Bob Barnes bbarnes@... [CALBIRDS]"
    Date: 7/13/18 9:20 AM (GMT-08:00)
    To: "T.G. Miko"
    Cc: CALBIRDS
    Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] NOW! Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird Seen!
    
    Tom, et. a.l.:
    
    Ultimately not known if anyone was even looking. Regardless, no reports by phone or eBird posts for Thursday. I suspect there aren't many people willing to put in 14-15 hours of daylight time on a single day to see if the VCHU is still there; especially knowing if they are alone and walk away from the viewing area for a brief period for any reason, they might miss it. If it is seen again, it might be the result of someone or someones who decide to put in an hour or two as part of other activities during a day. Added to that, that person/those people has/have to think to alert others.
    
    Lack of that bird being a guarantee if one tries for it has likely been a discouraging factor for some to many to go for it. There have been several who have spent 2-6 hours looking, then gave up only to find that another person enjoyed it after they left.
    
    Bob
    
    
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  21. Re: [CALBIRDS] NOW! Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird Seen! LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2018 @ 9:20am, 3 month(s) ago
    Tom, et. a.l.:
    
    Ultimately not known if anyone was even looking. Regardless, no reports by phone or eBird posts for Thursday. I suspect there aren't many people willing to put in 14-15 hours of daylight time on a single day to see if the VCHU is still there; especially knowing if they are alone and walk away from the viewing area for a brief period for any reason, they might miss it. If it is seen again, it might be the result of someone or someones who decide to put in an hour or two as part of other activities during a day. Added to that, that person/those people has/have to think to alert others.
    
    Lack of that bird being a guarantee if one tries for it has likely been a discouraging factor for some to many to go for it. There have been several who have spent 2-6 hours looking, then gave up only to find that another person enjoyed it after they left.
    
    Bob
    
    
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  23. Re: [CALBIRDS] NOW! Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird Seen! LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2018 @ 8:27am, 3 month(s) ago
    Was the VC Hummingbird seen at all on Thursday Tom Miko
    Claremont LA County
    909.241.3300
    
    On Sun, Jul 8, 2018, 11:49 AM Bob Barnes bbarnes@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Just got a phone call from Kern River preserve Manager Reed Tollefson. The Violet-crowned Hummingbird just flew into the hummingbird feeders at Kern River Preserve Headquarters. "Clear as day." Reed Tollefson & Steve Hilton.
    
    Clearly a VERY INTERMITTENT bird.
    
    Serving as the messenger,
    
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
    _,_._,___
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  25. VCHU continues late on 7/11 LINK
    DATE: Jul 11, 2018 @ 7:27pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Just spoke to Vernon Howe, who a few minutes ago had the continuing Violet-crowned Hummingbird at KRP. The bird came in for one brief drink at 7:15pm, the only appearance during a vigil that started at 5:00pm. Best,
    
    Andrew Howe
    Riverside, CA
    howe395@...
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  27. UPDATE: Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Jul 11, 2018 @ 12:11pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Hi,
    
    Just received a phone call from Gary File. He and Steve Williams were at the Kern River Preserve hummingbird feeders viewing site at first light this morning. Up to six birders in all during the morning. Three still remaining.
    
    BOTTOM LINE No sightings of the Violet-crowned Hummingbird today through Noon..I don't know if those three remaining plan to remain the rest of the day to either verify the continued presence or the first all day absence of this bird since it was first found by John Stanek and Matt Toemies at dawn this past Saturday, July 7, 2018. Even so, after the early morning viewing yesterday, the rest of that day's multiple observations were all made from 12:25 pm up until 5 pm (with no negative or positive reports yesterday after 5 pm).
    
    Serving as the Messenger,
    
    Bob Barnes
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  29. Re: [CALBIRDS] NOW! Kern Violet Crowned Hummingbird Seen! LINK
    DATE: Jul 10, 2018 @ 3:19pm, 3 month(s) ago
    All,
    
    Violet-crowned Hummingbird present at Audubon Kern River Preserve feeders 5:43 am - 6:12 am (Bob Barnes, Jon Dunn, Gary file, Nancy Overholtz, Ron Overholtz) plus 12:25 pm, 12:54 pm, & 1:04 pm (Chris Dean, Linda Gal, Clifford Hawley, Alison Sheehey) with solid observation of the feeders from at least 5:10 am through 1:04 pm. This means there was a 6 hour, 13 minute gap between the observation periods.
    
    Serving as the messenger,
    
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
    
    
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