I have a bunch of plants on my porch, mostly ferns, but also some flowers. One of these has really tiny flowers that I thought would be pollinated by small insects – not bigger than a honeybee. So, I was really surprised to see a hummingbird come and sip nectar out of it. Moreover, it is a huge hummingbird! OK, not as big as a stork, but huge for a hummingbird, bigger than any hummingbird I’ve seen before.
The bird is coming every day. It is noisy like a bumblebee. It looks at me and, as long as I do not move, it goes on and feeds, only 3-4 feet away from my face.
My daugher an I looked it up in Paterson – nothing there. We checked Sibley and it looks like a Blue-throated Hummingbird – a female. But the Sibley map does not show North Carolina as the place where this species is supposed to be found. It does have a single dot in southern South Carolina, though.
So, either I misidentified the species, in which case – what is it?
Or, Blue-throated hummingbird is normally found in North Carolina but Sibley does not register that.
Or, this is a strange individual lost in North Carolina.
Or, the species is slowly moving north in its geographical distribution due to global warming.
Which is it?
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