I had not realised that the # 7 is visible on the band, when I first posted this photo, and the preceding  # looks like a 5 (see inset above). Last winter a female Rufous (center and right photos below) was banded by Charlie Brower on Jan 19th, 2004 at my home. Her unique band # is: N39257. The new bird is even perching on the same twigs in the hackberry tree! The photos below show a similarity in gorget patterns, but until she can be recaptured we won't know for sure. See last season's webpage here.
This banded female Rufous Hummingbird is the first arrival for the 2004-2005 winter season and was first observed on July 27th, 2004. I am hoping to find out if she is a returnee that was banded at my home during the 2003-2004 winter season.
Winter Hummingbird Season 2004-2005
Richmond, Texas

This page was last updated on: November 30, 2005

The gorget pattern of the new arrival (above) is very similar to that of the bird in hand to the right
The 2 photos above show the gorget of the female Rufous that was banded at my home on Jan 19th, 2004. Her band # is N39257, so it looks very possible that she is the same bird that has found her way back to my yard. Rufous Hummingbirds spend the spring and early summer on their breeding grounds in the western states of North America, such as Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
I had not realised that the # 7 is visible on the band, when I first posted this photo, and the preceding  # looks like a 5 (see inset above). Last winter a female Rufous (center and right photos below) was banded by Charlie Brower on Jan 19th, 2004 at my home. Her unique band # is: N39257. The new bird is even perching on the same twigs in the hackberry tree! The photos below show a similarity in gorget patterns, but until she can be recaptured we won't know for sure. See last season's webpage here.
Photo above digiscoped with a Nikon Coolpix 4500 through a Swarovski AT80HD spotting scope
UPDATE on August 29th 2004
Humbander, Charlie Brower, came to my home on August 29th, but unfortunately this female Rufous would not oblige by going to the feeder in the trap. In preparation for the banding session, I had removed other feeders and asked my neighbors to do likewise, but so early in the winter season, there are plenty of flowers available for the hummers. She still perched in her favorite spots and frequently flew towards the trap, but would then dip down to feed on a cuphea plant! Several migrant Ruby-throated Hummingsbirds were caught and banded, though.
UPDATED Dec. 22nd 2004
2 banded Rufous hummers are recaptured - see below
UPDATE on Dec. 22nd 2004 
Throughout December I have been seeing the female pictured above, plus an adult male Rufous and another female Rufous (below). On Dec 21st, I was finally able to see that she was also banded and her band number began with an N, the same as the one above. So Charlie returned to my home on Dec 22nd to see if he could trap the hummers and this time he was successful. A couple of weeks before, I had constructed a dummy trap from 1/2 inch hardware cloth, and hung it around the most popular feeder. This had obviously helped familiarize the hummers to having some sort of contraption around the feeder and they went into the trap much more readily.
2 new hummers which have been using my yard and feeders since the end of November 04. The female (left) is banded and the unique number begins with the letter N, as does the female at the top of the page.
Banding Day - Dec. 22nd 2004
Below are pictured the 3 Rufous hummingbirds which were caught. The male was a new bird, but the 2 females were already banded, so they are classed as recaptures.  They proved to be 2 birds which Charlie had banded here on Jan.19th 2004. They even had consecutive band numbers:  N39257 and N39258.  It's a great event to get a recapture, but to get 2 within a few minutes of each other and for them to be 2 birds banded together in the same place nearly 2 years ago is fantastic news! A wonderful Christmas gift for us all here in Richmond.
Adult male given a band with the # N84858 and color marked with a yellow dot on his crown
Female recapture with the band # N39258
Female recapture with the band # N39257 - she's the bird at the top of the page!