Michigan’s first Costa’s Hummingbird was found at the feeder of Jan and Ron Joslyn in Onekama just at the start of the SBBT off from M-22. The bird had been coming to the feeders for a couple weeks when the Joslyn’s called the Lake Bluff Audubon center concerned about the cold weather and the bird’s future. I stopped at the Joslyn’s on Saturday November 1st and literally got weak in the knees when the bird appeared at the feeder and showed it’s purple gorget. I knew this was a first state record and with help from Caleb Putnam, Adam Byrne and Allen Chartier we were able to ID the bird. Over a hundred birders have made the trip to see the bird so far and it was featured on the TV news last night http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.aspx?id=1118119.
Here’s a picture of the bird, a young male still developing it’s gorget, photo by Ed Kaminski: