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I've noticed a large rise in Titmice here too, but my theory is that there 
are more good nesting sites for them because of all the Ice Storm damaged 
trees. Does anyone else have any thoughts?

Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Slayton, Tom" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2005 9:46 AM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] hummers


> No influx of hummingbirds...but I suddenly had 6-8 tufted titmice, 
> including
> several immatures, outside my window this morning. It's where the feeder 
> is
> located in colder months, but the feeder is put away now, because of the
> springtime influx of bears in my neighborhood (!) The titmice were busily
> looking for the feeder, scolding and calling all the while.
> Interesting that this species, which was uncommon  15 years ago...a
> "southern" bird...is now pretty common.
> Global warming? Or just the spread of feeders and suburbia? Or maybe
> both...
>
> Tom Slayton
>
>> ----------
>> From: Marcia Baker
>> Reply To: Vermont Birds
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 3:50 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] hummers
>>
>> Is anyone else seeing an influx of hummingbirds in the past day or  so?
>> We
>> had an extra 1/2 dozen females plus a couple of males fighting over  our
>> two
>> sugar feeders last night.  Would these be early migrators from  further
>> north?
>>
>> Marcia Baker
>> Brownsville
>>
>>
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