On a humid morning in October, a bird bander named Rusty Trump reaches into a pull-string trap and lifts out a calliope hummingbird. This species, which summers in western mountain meadows and forests, normally migrates to Mexico in the fall. But this young male has been captured in a backyard in Augusta, Georgia.
Two other eastward migrating calliopes spent a Thanksgiving in a park on the northern tip of Manhattan. Green-breasted mangos, a tropical species of hummer, have been spotted at feeders in North Carolina and Texas. In central Colorado, master bander Brenda Wiard is trapping significantly greater numbers of black-chinned hummingbirds just outside of their normal range. And Anna’s hummingbirds are showing up as far north as British Columbia.