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The primary focus of our organization is original research. Learning new things about hummingbirds and sharing that knowledge through publishing our data and results is important to the conservation of hummingbirds. Below are technical papers and articles published about our research.
Winter Hummingbirds in the Southeast
From 1998 to 2008, Fred Bassett banded 1,598 wintering hummingbirds of ten species in those two states. His ground-breaking research was documented in "Wintering hummingbirds in Alabama and Florida: species diversity, sex and age ratios, and site fidelity," a scientific paper coauthored with Doreen Cubie and published in the June 2009 issue of the Journal of Field Ornithology, a peer-reviewed publication.
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Extreme Hummingbirds; Three Species Above the 55th Parallel
Doreen Cubie and Fred Basset banded hummingbirds in Alberta and British Columbia in 2011 and 2014. They discovered hummingbirds farther north and farther west than had been previously documented.
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Anna's Hummingbirds Nesting in Idaho
Fred Bassett found the first proof of Anna's Hummingbirds nesting in Idaho in 2015 and 2016 when caught female Anna's hummingbirds carrying an egg. His research has been published in the September 2016 edition of Western Birds, a peer reviewed publication. You can find out how he knew the birds were carrying an egg in the paper below
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Broad-billed Hummingbird Nesting in Alabama
Fred Bassett banded an adult female Broad-billed hummingbird on April 28, 2011 in Spanish Fort, AL, which is on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay eight miles east of downtown Mobile. The bird was been seen daily by the host after banding. On April 12, 2012 the host decided the bird must be nesting in her yard and started looking for the nest. She found the nest in an oak tree about 25 feet off the ground. The female Broad-billed was brooding, leaving the nest occasionally to go to a feeder. The bird abandoned the nest on April 20, and it was collected 25 April. There were four unfertilized eggs in the nest.
Prior to this sighting, the eastern limit for confirmed nesting of a Broad-billed was in the Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX., approximately 1,000 miles west of the Alabama nest. There are no records of any hummingbird species other than Ruby-throated nesting east of central Texas. A paper coauthored with Bill Summerour about the nesting attempt was published in Alabama Birdlife Volume 59, Number 1, June 2013. Pictures of the female Broad-billed and the nest can be seen at

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Rufous Migration Article
An article titled "Three Long-Distance Recaptures of Rufous Hummingbirds that Overwintered in the Southeastern United States" was published in the Jul-Sep 2014 issue of North American Bird Bander. The article is about three Rufous hummingbirds caught in Alabama and Florida by Fred Dietrich and Fred Bassett and recaptured in migration by other banders
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Wintering Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in South Carolina
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From 2008 to 2012, Doreen Cubie Studied Ruby-throated hummingbirds at one location just south of Charleston, SC. Her paper,"Site Sex Ratios of Wintering Ruby-throated Hummingbirds on the Southeastern U.S. Atlantic Coast" was published in the December 2014 issue of the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, a peer-reviewed publication. By banding year round at one location, Doreen was able to determine that the population of Rubythroats present during the breeding season was different from the Rubythroats that spent the winter months. Her research also showed that nearly 20 percent of the wintering Rubythroats returned for a second (or third or fourth winter), a high site fidelity rate.
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