Many thanks Ian for keeping us worried folks on the straight and narrow.
All your data is very important and much appreciated.
On 7/12/19 20:24, Ian Worley wrote:
> Hi All,
> Thought I'd see what the eBird data show for hummer habits.
> Using eBird frequency of observation graphs for all years, I looked at
> data for three areas:
> "All" All counties combined.
> "North" Franklin, Orleans, and Essex counties combined
> "South" Bennington and Windham counties combined
> "All-2019" All counties combined, this year
> Did it this way to find out when in the spring we see the most
> hummingbirds, in the summer when we see the fewest, and in the late
> summers when we see the most. And to see if the dates vary from north
> to south
> Spring high -- North: May 15th to 31st. South: May 15th to 31st. All:
> May 15th to 31st.
> Summer low -- North: June 1st to 21st. South: June 8th to 21st. All:
> June 18th to 21st.
> Late summer high -- North: Aug. 8th to 21st. South: Aug. 8th to
> Sept. 15th. All: Aug. 8th to 31st.
> Spring arrivals appear to happen at the same time throughout the state.
> Summer periods of low numbers start earlier in the north, and end at
> the same time throughout the state.
> The late summer highest numbers all begin at the same time throughout
> the state, but is over soonest in the north.
> What about this year so far?
> Spring high -- North, South, All: May 15 to June 8th. Birds arrived
> "on schedule" but kept visible in abundance a week longer
> Summer low -- North: June 8th to 30th. South: June 15th to 30th
> All: June 8th to June 21st. The low frequencies of observation
> appear to have have started a week later then usual, but did not
> continue as long before rising numbers of birds being seen.
> All in all, the eBird data show the hummingbird arrive through out the
> state all the same time, and then the breeding activities might start
> a bit sooner in the north, and the last birds to leave are from
> southern locations.
> The data for this year so far, show nothing much unusual, except the
> breeding might have been delayed a few days, averaged for the whole
> The actual frequency percentages of observations are quite uniform
> around the state, except that they are somewhat lower in the three
> most northern counties.
> Best wishes,
> On 7/12/2019 6:02 PM, Charlie La Rosa wrote:
>> I also noticed a similar drop for a few days earlier this month, but
>> are back and busy now. Males and females and maybe some young 'uns.
>> Also red-breasted nuthatch feeding a group of three young and a hermit
>> thrush with a nest of four eggs last week.
>> Charlie La Rosa
>> So. Washington
>> *“The solution to any problem---work, love, money, whatever---is to go
>> fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”*
>> ~ John Gierach, from *Standing in a River Waving a Stick*
>> On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 12:18 PM alison wagner <[log in to unmask]>
>>> I am still seeing female adults at the feeder and yesterday a very
>>> (and naïve) fledgling, first watching the adult, then slowly
>>> figuring out
>>> how to get the syrup! The competitive males have been MIA.
>>> Ali Wagner
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Richard Harlow" <[log in to unmask]>
>>> To: "Vermont Birds" <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Sent: Friday, July 12, 2019 9:13:02 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Where have all the hummers gone? (Long time
>>> Many thanks for this report! As a previous bander for 20+ years I truly
>>> appreciate your work and your experience!
>>> I have also experienced this seemingly abrupt drop in hummer feeder
>>> activity. Also, I have noticed, at least here in Middlebury, VT, a drop
>>> in butterfly species along with general decrease in pollinators, and
>>> hoping that the decrease in hummers was not significant. Therefore,
>>> again thanks for your report.
>>> Dick Harlow, Middlebury, VT
>>> On 7/12/19 08:46, anneboby wrote:
>>>> Your observation about recent hummer scarcity is not alone, but
>>> has not yet occurred. I band Ruby-throats at Jenny Lake near
>>> Corinth, NY
>>> in the SE corner of the Adirondack State Park and based on over 40
>>> yrs of
>>> banding, newly fledged juveniles typically appear at the feeders
>>> about 25
>>>> These past two weeks hummers have been very scarce at my feeders.
>>> I received a report 1-2 weeks ago from folks at Mooselookmeguntic
>>> Lake in
>>> Franklin Co., ME where I also band that suddenly hummers disappeared
>>> their feeders where previously they had been abundant. Based on
>>> about 20
>>> yrs of banding there in June and August, as well as reports from
>>> feeder operators, there are years when hummer numbers drop in July then
>>> come surging back in early August as newly fledged young appear.
>>>> I'm not sure what causes the sometime July slump, but natural food is
>>> abundant at this time and based on experience in ME, hummers range
>>> up to
>>> 2-2.5 mi. between feeders. I band at five feeder locations there
>>> along the
>>> lake shore and there is an exchange of birds among these feeders.
>>> At Jenny
>>> Lake I've experienced recaptures of hummers within 1-2 hrs of
>>> banding at a
>>> site 1.4 mi. away. So, hummers don't just park at one feeder; they
>>>> Keep your feeders out...all is not lost.
>>>> Bob YunickSchenectady, NY
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Larry & Mona Rogers <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> Sent: Fri, Jul 12, 2019 6:57 am
>>>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Where have all the hummers gone? (Long time passing)
>>>> Until about ten days ago we had lots of hummingbirds at our small
>>> - we were refilling it every day or two. Suddenly activity slowed way
>>> down. Is it possible that this year's young hummers have all
>>> fledged and
>>> their parents have stopped using our feeders?
>>>> We don't remember this from previous summers.
>>>> Any thoughts?
>>>> Larry and Mona
>>>> Sent from my iPhone