Well-known Little Compton bird photographer Geoff Dennis wil show pictures of hummingbirds taken in this area at the Paskamansett Bird Club’s next monthly meeting. The showing will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the community hall of Friends Meeting, 739 Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth.
In late October 1995, Mr. Dennis discovered Rhode Island’s first selasphorus hummingbird nectaring on the remaining flowers of a potted salvia. The bird was presumed to be a rufous hummingbird, a western bird rarely seen in the East. Since that time, three more of these unusual birds have appeared in his yard and been documented.
He will give a presentation about those birds along with other vagrant hummingbirds that have appeared in this area. His presentation will, of course, also include our regular summertime friend, the ruby-throated hummingbird.
Mr. Dennis began photographing birds in his yard as a hobby, primarily to document the unusual birds he occationally observed. His photography eventually led him into the unique niche of providing photographs for bird feeder companies. In his own yard, Geoff has observed more than 180 species of birds. His photographs have been used by RI Audubon, RI Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife, and Cornell University’s online Birds of North America. Geoff lives in Little Compton with his wife Emily, and works as a commercial fisherman.
The presentation will be followed by refreshments and the opportunity to speak with the presenter and club members. The meeting is accessible and open to the public at no charge.