UPDATE: After the images where viewed by experts it had been identified as a Ruby-throated hummingbird. While not a rare hummingbird for this area it is still unusual to find in the area at this time of the year. Leave out those feeders and help those stragglers on their migration.
The temperatures and snow are falling in Cincinnati, Ohio where one of the smallest birds in the United States has found herself far from her winter migration grounds in Mexico. This little female Calliope Hummingbird needs your help. If you are a bird lover living around the greater Cincinnati area, please consider putting out your hummingbird feeder. Please consider sharing this story if you happen to know a birder in the Cincinnati area. Help me get the word out. This 0.1oz feathered friend could use some Christmas love.
Approximately 11:45 AM on Friday December 22, 2017 I found this little lady hovering outside the window where my silver Christmas tree sits. She rested on the rose bush long enough for me to run and grab my camera. This image was shot hand held 300mm w/ 2x extender through a window. I am a casual birder, so I looked to my trusted birding source, Connor, at my local Wild Bird Unlimited store. He identified it as a female Calliope Hummingbird. A rare find for Ohio. I had my feeder out within 30 minutes but I have not seen the hummingbird since I photographed her yesterday. After speaking to Connor today I have decided to share my rare bird find in hopes of getting the word out to local birders, so they can put out their feeders to provide a food source so maybe this humming bird can make it through this cold front and hopefully find her way back to a warmer climate.