Tuesday, November 18, 2008


A rare hummingbird was spotted in a Babble reader's yard yesterday. The bird is a Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) and, according to hummingbird expert Nancy Newfield, the only other known record of this bird in Central Texas was in San Marcos in the early 1980s. Quite fortuitously, an immature male of the species alit right here in Dripping Springs in the yard of local photographer and bird fan Howard Williams. Williams reports he knew the bird was unique when first observed late yesterday afternoon and, although the light was poor, he was able to get a few photographs of the unique visitor, all of which can be seen here.

Note: To see gorgeous bird photographs and bird baths created by Williams, be sure and visit his website at learnedbird.com.