Western Hummingbird Visiting Eastern Shore

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A Western hummingbird making a rare visit to the Eastern Shore is attracting the attention of bird watchers.

The Calliope hummingbird was first spotted at an Easton home in October and has been seen there since. The hummingbird is slightly larger than three inches long and usually winters in Mexico and spends its summers in the high Rocky Mountains.

David Brinker, a wildlife ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources, says the appearance is fairly unusual, although western hummingbirds are found on the East Coast fairly regularly.

Bob Ringler, editor of Maryland Bird Life, told The Star Democrat of Easton, that his publication keeps records of bird sightings in Maryland that show four previous Calliope sightings starting in 2004 in Laurel.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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