Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bad hummingbird weather

Somewhat like the observations of owls, I heard several engrossing comments about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the last few days. It seems that with the nonstop rain, wind, and cooler temperatures they have been flocking to feeders in higher than usual numbers. It is common to see a few migrant hummingbirds stop at feeders on the way south, and this is the time they are starting to move through. I actually saw a migrant in the end of July. However, reports of more than 10 or 20 simultaneously are phenomeonal.

Look at this video a Twitter user tweeted us from Voluntown...

There are at least a dozen birds present, probably more. Did this happen to your feeders as well? Please keep an eye out for rare hummingbirds, too. You never know what you may get right now...

Update: CAS Senior Director of Science and Conservation Milan Bull tells me years ago he once counted 93 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds moving through our Birdcraft Sanctuary in a single day. Whoa!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

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