I’ve yet to see a Broad-tailed this season. Only had a couple last fall migration. Interestingly, when we first moved along the river, 35 yrs ago, Broad-taileds were our resident summer hummingbird. Then, their numbers simply started decreasing each season. Gradually replaced by Black-chinned around 15 yrs ago.
Also, unless there’s another push, the Rufous have been absent for 3 days now. Had male Calliope last month, those coming through lately have been females &, mostly, juveniles.
Thanks for the report, Bill.
I still have three 1 quart feeders up and they are generally mobbed. We had to take one feeder down that was up in the crabapple. It’s generally a hummer fave, but this year the bees and wasps are so heavy they drive off the birds. I still have mostly BC with some calliope and BT, both males and females/juvies, but few calliope males. We’re still short on rufous. In the morning and evening all feeders ports are in use, during the day it’s fewer with lots of BC guarding going on. Three on feeder near my chair now. I no longer have patience to try and ID species females/juvies and sizes overlap (lack of patience extends to sparrows and peeps).
Sunflower feeders is getting goldfinches, siskens and BH Grosbeaks.
Two sets of Sandhills raised colts to flight apparently.
Hoot Owl Rd
Last Thu was the last juvenile Rufous I’ve seen at feeder. Since, it’s mainly been juvenile Black-chinned, with occasional adult male, & fewer number of juvenile Calliope. The BC outnumber the Calliope about 5:1. However, the little Calliope can hold their own in the feeder battles!
Yellow Warblers seem to have pulled out en masse during past week. Black-headed Grosbeaks & Bullock’s Orioles still around, but in diminished numbers. And, more RB Nuthatches are present, see & hear up to 5 diff’t individuals.
Interesting to watch the hummers. They stay at a feeder port for much longer & can actually watch their bellies distend! Definitely, stocking up. Will be quite interesting to see what happens the rest of this month, as this is usually when Rufous & Calliope start appearing, not disappearing. Curious what you may be observing, Bill Moore?
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