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Jan 14, 2015

Farewell Minnesota

Photo by Jeff Wheeler - AP Photo/Star Tribune
Hummer becomes a jetsetter
A Rufous Hummingbird has finally made its way south for the winter after accidentally ending up in Minnesota in November of last year.   The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota says the hummingbird was released in Texas after boarding a private jet in Minnesota, when a private jet was provided by an anonymous donor.   The bird had been taken to the Roseville Wildlife Rehabilitation Center after it ended up at a feeder of St. Paul homeowner and wildlife rehab center avian nursery coordinator, Jessika Madison-Kennedy. She rescued and cared for the hummingbird after she realized it was unlikely to survive the unseasonably cold northern weather.   The Star Tribune newspaper reported that windy weather had blown the bird off its migratory flyway.   The wildlife centre said there had been only 16 sightings of Rufous Hummers in Minnesota since the 1970s.

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