Bahama Woodstar (ABA Code 5) — Lancaster County, PA

Much to the disbelief of many birders in PA, there was an ABA code 5 Bahama Woodstar in Lancaster County, PA visiting feeders at the residence of a nonbirder.

If you are not aware, the Bahama woodstar is a hummingbird species endemic to the Bahamas that very rarely strays from them and when it does is usually found only in extreme south Florida. Even there, the woodstar has only been recorded five times the last of which was in the 1980s.

The hummingbird was at 160 Mountain Rd. Denver, PA. The owners of the house are accepting visitors but only between 9 A.M. and 8 P.M.

The only question now is the question of origin. One opinion is that it is a Superstorm Sandy waif. I personally don’t find that likely. Another hypothesis, is that it was transplanted here. I don’t find that to be a good hypothesis either as there are no records of woodstars being transplanted like that. So, my conclusion is, I have absolutely no idea.
Photos curtesy and copyright of ML Lombard

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