It's good to listen for call notes different than Ruby-throated Hummingbirds - it makes it fairly easy to detect the presence of another species, especially when they're scuffling with each other, which is pretty much all the time!

Jason, write down your notes on what you observed and submit the documentation to the Missouri Bird Records Committee. Sounds like you had an interesting day!

Chris Hobbs
Shawnee, KS
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From: "Jason G. Harrison" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2009 12:39 pm
Subject: Violet-eared Hummingbird, highly likely

> The recent post about a confirmed sighting of a VEHU got me 
> thinking.  I did 
> not post this last week as I had no proof to show others.  While 
> in the yard of 
> Pat Kennedy trying to photograph the Mississippi Kites, I noticed 
> a lovely 
> trumpet vine they had growing and the RT Hummers were feeding 
> actively 
> there.  One Hummer flew right in front of me that caught my 
> attention.  What 
> immeidately drew my attention was the coloration of this 
> particular bird.  The 
> breast was a vibrant green and I saw a patch of blue.  It fed for 
> just a 
> moment and then flew through the vines to the other side.  At the 
> time, I was 
> so consumed with the Kites I did not follow up on this strange 
> hummingbird.  I 
> knew it was vastly different than any other I had seen before.
> I did not follow up on it later either after my photo op that 
> morning.  The post 
> the other day got me to thinking about what I saw and I looked in 
> Sibleys.  I 
> saw the picture BEFORE I saw the name and there before me was what 
> I saw 
> in their yard, a Violet-eared Hummingbird!
> I do not have any proof or pictures to present to back up my 
> sighting.  Pat 
> and his wife were there and she saw it with me.  I am not an 
> expert birder 
> either but I am very detail oriented, product of my photography, 
> and as such, 
> things stand out in my mind and this is one of those items.  I am 
> quite 
> confident of what I saw and now have a name to put with it.  Pat 
> is keeping 
> an eye out for me and if it shows up again, I will know.  Thought 
> this story 
> might be worth keep your eyes open at your feeders 
> and plants as 
> you never know what may show up.
> Jason G. Harrison
> Troy, Missouri
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