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The immature female Rufous Hummingbird above, banded on
6 January 2012 at Anderson SC, was far away from its
expected wintering range in central Mexico.
(From the
1-7 Jan 2012 installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond.")

Listed below, by date, are nature topics covered in each installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond" for 2012. Click on the date to go to a specific weekly account. You can also use the on-site Search Engine to locate a particular topic.

Each installment includes a list of birds banded that week--usually with stunning color photos--as well as any notable recaptures of banded birds.

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January 2012

  • 01-07--#531--A Slow But Interesting Start to Year 31: Rufous Hummingbird Banded, Bird Sculptor Met
  • 08-14--#532--Winter Hummingbirds In The U.S. (Ruby-throats & Global Warming)
  • 15-26--#533--Bats In The Bathroom, NOT In The Belfry
  • 27-31--#534--Roadside Butterflies Of Costa Rica

February 2012

  • 01-29--#535--Savvy Seven-12's In Costa Rica: There's No Place Like Home

March 2012

  • 01-09--#536--Costa Rica Portfolio 2012
  • 10-18--#537--Hummingbird College: The "Keystone 12" In Belize
  • 19-31--#538--Signs Of Early Spring, 2012

April 2012

  • 01-10--#539--Hummingbird Flowers, Early Spring Edition
  • 11-26--#540--Tulips From The Treetops (Tulip Tree)
  • 27-30--#541--Barred Owl: Banded Species #126

May 2012

  • 01-10--#542--West Virginia Wildflower Portfolio (Spring 2012)
  • 11-21--#543--"The Blob" Invades Hilton Pond: Attack Of The Bryozoans
  • 22-31--#544--Hyssop Skullcap: A New Wildflower For Hilton Pond

June 2012

  • 01-10--#545--"Where Do The Hummingbirds Go, Mr. Hilton?" Operation RubyThroat Heads Back To The Neotropics (2012-13)
  • 11-30--#546--Far-ranging Purple Finches AND 30th Anniversary Celebration

July 2012

  • 01-30--#547--Two New Midsummer Wildflowers For Hilton Pond (Square-stemmed Monkeyflower & Cardinal Flower)

August 2012

  • 01-25--#548--Hero To America, And The World: A Naturalist's Homage to Astronaut Neil Armstrong
  • 26-31--#549--Ten Common Hummingbird Questions--And Answers

September 2012

  • 01-09--#550--Fall Migration Begins, Sort Of
  • 10-14--#551--Halcyon Days . . . Not! Meeting The Business End Of A Belted Kingfisher
  • 15-21--#552--Ouch! Again, This Time Thanks To Tearthumb
  • 22-30--#553--West Nile Virus 1, American Goldfinch 0

October 2012

  • 01-10--#554--An Irruption Of (One) Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • 11-31--#555--Getting Ready For Winter

November 2012

  • 01-30--#556--The "Chayodoce" In Costa Rica: Another Noteworthy Neotropical Hummingbird Trip

December 2012

  • 01-15--#557--The Shrinking Pond: Drought Continues At Hilton Pond
  • 16-21--#558--The Big Boy's Christmas Tree
  • 22-28--#559--22nd Annual York/Rock Hill SC Christmas Bird Count
  • 29-31--#560--2012 Bird Banding Results: Lowest Total In 31 Years

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