The recent sighting of a rare hummingbird has bird biologists in Texas almost giddy. A white-eared hummingbird spotted in Lubbock earlier this month was the first to be seen in the South Plains and Panhandle regions, according to the Llano Estacado Audubon Society. Eight others have been seen in West Texas this year. Between 1972 and the end of last year, only 14 had been sighted in Texas.
'This is a real explosive jump in our numbers,' said Mark Klym, who coordinates the Texas Hummingbird Roundup for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 'Our bird biologists want to know what's going on.'
It could be a sign that the birds, which are known to nest in New Mexico, Mexico and southeast Arizona, are expanding their range, Klym said.