So far, she said, confirmed species include the rufous hummingbird and calliope hummingbird (North America’s smallest bird), mostly in North Georgia. A probable black-chinned hummingbird also has been reported in Thomas County in South Georgia.
But with the winter season just underway, the reports are bound to increase, Theodorou said.
My birding friend Georgann Schmalz in Dawson County said she and her neighbors have been hosting a rufous and a calliope hummingbird since late November. “The rufous was harassing the calliope ... they appear at both feeders simultaneously,” she told me this week.
Altogether, in addition to our native ruby-throat, 10 hummingbird species have been reported over the years in Georgia. Most of them breed in the American West. Of them, the rufous by far is the most common winter visitor in Georgia, with more than 100 sightings each season. If you have a winter hummingbird, you can report it at www.gahummer.org.
IN THE SKY: The moon will be full on Tuesday night. Venus is low in the east, rising just before dawn. Mars is high in the east at dusk. Jupiter and Saturn are low in the southwest after dark.