The following message comes from hummingbird bander, Fred Bassett of Alabama. I thought Florida birders would be interested (salivating is more like it). Lucy Duncan Gulf Breeze, FL Fellow Hummer Lovers, The biggest hummer news in a very long time is that Susan Campbell banded a Green-breasted Mango yesterday, 19 November, in Concord North Carolina. That is an amazing bird that has only been seen six times in the United States, and those were all in Texas. This is the second Green-breasted Mango banded in the United States. The bird is not even in most birding books. It can be found in the third edition of the National Geographic field guide. Congratulations to Susan who was trained by Bob Sargent last year. Closer to home, wintering hummers are popping up every where. Bob Sargent continues to have two Rufous hummers in his garden [Birmingham, AL], and yesterday he banded a young male Calliope within a mile of his home near Birmingham. Fred Moore banded another Rufous this past week in Birmingham. This past week, I made a sweep down to the Gulf coast and banded six new hummers. On Thursday near Midland City AL at the home of Gus Schreve, I banded a young male Allen's and could not catch a Ruby-throated. At the home of Bibbs Gamber near Slocomb AL, I banded an adult female Rufous. Then in Niceville FL at the home of Blake Hardison, I banded a young male Black-chinned and could not catch a Rufous. I started Friday morning banding an adult female Rufous in Pensacola at Mickie Carson's home. Then I banded another adult female Rufous in Montrose AL at Venetia Friend's home. After missing hummers at a couple of homes, I finished up by banding a young female Ruby-throated hummer in Mobile at Carolyn Saunder's home. That makes three birds of three different species at Carolyn's home in the past two months. I wish I had a large sweet olive tree like she has in her backyard. This morning, 20 November, I tried unsuccessfully to catch an adult male Rufous in Andalusia, AL and have a couple of birds on my list to catch here around Montgomery. Since returning from the coast, I have gotten information about at least six more wintering hummers in South Alabama/Florida Panhandle. I will plan another banding trip during the week of 27 Nov-2 Dec, so please contact me as soon as possible if you have or know of any other wintering hummers. The freezing weather predicted for the next few nights should bring more hummers to your feeders. Be sure to have one out with fresh sugar water. A cold, hungry hummer may be there to say thank you. Thanks, Fred Bassett Montgomery AL The above forwarded by Lucy Duncan Gulf Breeze, FL (in the panhandle and on the lookout!) ________________________________________________________________ GET INTERNET ACCESS FROM JUNO! Juno offers FREE or PREMIUM Internet access for less! Join Juno today! For your FREE software, visit: http://dl.www.juno.com/get/tagj.