Late Migration

I’m alarmed to report that one of our hummingbirds is still hanging around. I just watched it flit around our feeder for a few minutes before taking a drink and departing.

We actually took the feeders down a few weeks ago but before we got them inside, we noticed a few birds swooping onto the front step where we’d left them. So we put them back up.

But I hadn’t seen any of our little avian friends in a few days so I thought (hoped) they were all on their way to Mexico. But one little lady is still sticking around.

I haven’t been able to find any timetable for when hummingbirds are supposed to leave Vermont, but it always surprises me that they arrive so early in the spring, so maybe they’re procrastinators on the way south too.

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7 Responses to Late Migration

  1. Kyle Jones says:

    I think I tweeted when I should have emailed. I didnt have enough characters left for a smiley face! This is the time of year when rare hummingbirds are as likely as rubythroats. Check for rufous in the tail.

    Did you see the graph?

    Kyle

    @lkjones13: @JaneLindholm
    Attached? is an eBird screenshot showing an absence of ruby-throateds in late Oct in VT. Got a photo?! http://t.co/qftXZbv

    • Thanks Kyle! I’ll look more closely if I see her again, but I didn’t see any orange and her throat looked pretty white. But I wasn’t thinking of other species so I could definitely have missed the ID. I hope I get a chance to see it again to make sure.

  2. Kent says:

    Are you sure it is ruby-throat? This is time we see stray species….
    Kent

    • Kent says:

      I see now that Kyle beat me to the comment

    • Hey Kent. I think it was all green on the back and all white on the breast and throat. But as I mentioned to Kyle, I wasn’t thinking of other species so I wasn’t looking for other markers. I hope it comes back to the feeder again so I can double check. Thanks for the help!

      • Kyle Jones says:

        Of course, a ruby-throat is a very cool (cold) bird this time of year too!

        -Kyle

        On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM, The Common Wanderer wrote:

        > ** > The Common Wanderer commented: “Hey Kent. I think it was all green on > the back and all white on the breast and throat. But as I mentioned to > Kyle, I wasn’t thinking of other species so I wasn’t looking for other > markers. I hope it comes back to the feeder again so I can double check. > Th” >

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