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Hummingbird Festival continues from sunup through 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20

Article and Photos by Shirin McArthur, unless otherwise noted.

Birders, researchers and curious kids traveled from at least as far as El Paso for the Hummingbird Festival being held this weekend at Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern near Lake Roberts. Hummingbird banding drew a lot of interest from folks who drove in for the day and those staying at the Inn.

Observers peppered two teams of researchers with questions as they weighed, banded, measured and fed a variety of tiny hummingbirds, most of which were weighing in at only around 3 grams each. Different hummingbirds species were being banded, including Black-chinned, Rufous, and Calliope.

Ariel Gaffney, who begins a master's degree at the Universityof New Mexico this fall, was assisting with the banding process. She is excited to be participating in a research project here in New Mexico, which will study dominance patterns in an area where the Broad-tailed hummingbirds, which summer at a higher altitude, overlap with the Black-chinned hummingbirds. The study will involve swabbing the beaks of the hummingbirds in order to determine the types of flowers they have visited.

The Hummingbird Festival continues from sunup through 3 pm on Sunday, July 20. Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern lies at the junction of Highways 35 and 15.

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