CLASS: Hummingbird Identification

This class will introduce the fourteen hummingbird species most commonly encountered in Texas. Byron Stone, aka “Dr Birdie,” will discuss their ranges, habitat, and frequency of occurrence, and will illustrate and discuss characteristics including behavior, field marks and vocalizations that can be used to identify these birds. Each species will be examined in detail, and compared to similar, often confusing species. Doc is a long-term TAS instructor and just completed two years as president of Texas Ornithological Society.

Two lecture sessions will be held on Tues evenings: July 18 and 25 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at a central Austin location. Tuition for the class is $45 for TAS members and $65 for non-members. An optional out of town field trip will take place August 11 -13 with a cost of $40, plus food, travel and lodging for 2 nights. This field trip will be at a location in west Texas and will require hiking briskly 1 – 2 miles in extreme heat.

The recommended text for class participants is Steve N. G. Howell’s Hummingbirds of North America: The Photographic Guide. Sherry Williamson’s A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America, is a viable alternative, but the instructional approach in this class, especially to the small, gorgeted hummingbirds, will follow Howell’s organization.

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Note: The Davis Mountain Hummingbird Festival is scheduled for August 24-27 and is a great place for students to practice their skills.