I also noticed a similar drop for a few days earlier this month, but they
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
*“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]> wrote:
> I am still seeing female adults at the feeder and yesterday a very fresh
> (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 passing)
> 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 fledging
> 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. Also,
> 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 from
> 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 Mooselook
> 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 roam
> > 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 feeder
> - 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