There is an adult female Rufous Hummingbird coming to a set of feeders at a property in Oakville. It has been definitively identified as such.
As with the Calliope Hummingbird in Goderich three years ago, I have negotiated with the property owners to allow a limited time viewing opportunity that will hopefully allow all of those who wish to see it to get that chance.
But there will be a series of rules that must be followed by ALL who wish to come and see this bird.
The bird is coming to the home of my cherished long-time friends Dr. Ebrahim Patel and Karalee Patel and they have graciously agreed to host birders to visit to see the Rufous Hummingbird for a set period of time.
As a family physician who had a long and distinguished career spanning across four decades in providing health care to a large roster of Halton Region families, Dr. Patel is concerned with having good precautions in place to prevent the potential for the transmission of Covid-19 for this event. Accordingly, the following are absolute requirements to attend this event;
In addition, there are several other practical rules which must be adhered to:
For those who are very grateful for the viewing opportunity, the Patels have had an idea to make the event a win-win-win situation. They will be having a voluntary donation box available and all proceeds will be donated to Birds Canada to fund conservation science that serves to protect our birds.
To those who are willing to abide by the rules, you are welcome to visit during the following times:
November 20 - 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
November 21 - 27 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Please do not attempt to visit outside of these hours.
If the bird persists into December, consideration will be given to another observation period for winter-listers.
If you have made it this far, and agree to abide by all of the stated rules, here are the location details:
The Patels live at 129 Woodhaven Park Drive in Oakville and their property backs onto the Sedgewick Forest. The bird is unlikely to be seen without entrance to their yard. When you arrive at the house, enter from the gate on the north side of the house and proceed to the backyard, sign the guest book and follow outside the roped-off area to the viewing space at the back of the yard. Do not access the back deck, which is off-limits.
I will be there tomorrow, and after 21 months of the pandemic, I look forward to seeing several birding friends tomorrow.