Nature Notes

Vol. VIII July 1st, 1930 No. 7

Unexpected Visitors


Out on the front porch of the Longmire Museum is one of our flower displays which, needless to say, attracts quite a lot of attention on the part of our visitors. Yet this particular visitor's coming was quite unexpected. He first made his presence known by his fluttering against the window pane through which he sought exit. Back and forth he flew like some great moth -- in fact we first thought that the noise was caused by an insect. Upon stepping from the office, however, we saw the cause of the commotion and stopped a moment to admire his brilliant colors as they flashed in the sunlight -- for it was a Caliope Hummingbird, one of two species of hummers that visit "The Mountain" during the summer. Hummers can fight, too, and he put up quite a vigorous scrap as our hand closed over him though he had no cause to resist us for in that manner he soon gained the liberty which he craved. This bird had apparantly been attracted to the Museum, like many of our visitors, by the display of bright colored flowers and then had wandered within to suddenly find himself in a self imposed trap. Another case quite similar occurred upon my back porch. This time it was a Camp Robber who suddenly found himself within the screened section and unable to find his way out. My attention was called to the Camp Robber's plight by a youngster and when the bird was carried outside to be freed the process of tossing the Camp Robber into the air to give added impetus to his flight made quite an impression upon the youngster. Now I am repeatedly requested by him (he is but four years old) to "fly some more birds".

C. Frank Brockman, Park Naturalist.

Ranger Charles Browne, of Paradise Valley, sent in an interesting note of another unexpected visitor which was recently noted in the vicinity of the Ranger Station at that point. On the next page read his own account of the happening.

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