SITKA, ALASKA Sitka has seen its first hummingbird of the spring.
The website “Journey North” tracks the annual bird migration in North America. On Monday Blatchley Middle School shop teacher Gary Atkinson recorded a visit by a male Rufous hummingbird to his feeder on Charles Street.
Atkinson’s sighting is probably not the first bird to make the epic flight from Central America to Sitka this spring: The warmer, south-facing islands of Jamestown Bay have early berry blossoms, and some residents heard hummingbirds around during the mild weather in mid-March. But Atkinson’s hummer is the first known to stay a while and fuel up for a further push north along the coast.
KCAW’s Robert Woolsey talked with Atkinson about his sighting:
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