Hummingbird hangs around Ketchikan

Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

KETCHIKAN - An unexpected visitor has been hanging around a Ketchikan home.

An Anna's hummingbird has been spotted regularly at the home of Lawrence "Snapper" Carson.

He has made his guest comfortable by attaching a hummingbird feeder below a lamp to protect the sugar-water from freezing.

He first saw the bird Oct. 1. Department of Fish and Game biologist Steve Heinl says the birds are rare in southeast Alaska. Anna's hummingbirds move north, instead of south, when fall comes.

Heinl says Anna's hummingbirds are common along the West Coast and that they expanded their range north to British Columbia in the 1960s.

The first sighting around Ketchikan, near the top of Alaska's Panhandle, occurred in December 1974.

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