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kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #9270674

Hummers are leaving us, zone 7 is seeing the swarms move south, is migration early for you guys?

BajaBlue

BajaBlue
Rancho Santa Rita, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2012
8:43 AM

Post #9270768

Not sire about the hummers. but
started seeing monarchs migraring about
three weeks ago, which IS early

And if temps today are an indicator, it
will be an early fall (with Indian
summer thrown in for interest and fall
color).

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 10, 2012
2:12 PM

Post #9271143

Yeah, am getting my sweatpants out for the nights when in Va- 50*!

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 10, 2012
7:56 PM

Post #9271478

They are starting to show up in numbers here in South Texas. We have a small population that is here year round, but we are definitely seeing more visitors by the day. El Nino is supposedly coming back which means wet cool winter in Texas. We can sure use the rain in my part of the woods...err coastal plains.

I haven't seen any monarchs yet, but have been getting more Queens visiting lately. Still waiting for the monarch to come and munch all of the milkweed!

Russell
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 21, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9282468

Our hummers are starting to leave--haven't seen a male for over a week. The monarch's are definitely migrating. We released two today, and they headed straight south.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 21, 2012
6:32 PM

Post #9282574

Do the males normally leave first? Am still seeing very hungry hummers in Tennessee, wanting feeders burped and filled, but was noticing they are all getting along REALLY well, chuckl
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

September 22, 2012
3:35 AM

Post #9282770

kittriana wrote:Do the males normally leave first? Am still seeing very hungry hummers in Tennessee, wanting feeders burped and filled, but was noticing they are all getting along REALLY well, chuckl


Yes they do, and they also show up 1st around here. Unfortunately it's getting colder here, so I'm afraid they'll all be gone soon.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 22, 2012
5:55 AM

Post #9282833

Thank you, I will remember that,

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 23, 2012
3:55 PM

Post #9284238

I did not have a very good "turnout" this year for migration. I thought maybe I'd have a ton more because of the drought, but not a whole lot this year.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 23, 2012
8:04 PM

Post #9284452

A lot of birds were sighted east of their normal grounds- I was told this while in Va- the gentleman was quite excited he'd sighted them so far east as I recall, I am pretty certain the drought and hi winds are not a wee bit left free of blame
moxies_garden
Batesburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 4, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #9295853

What causes a hummingbird to lose ability to fly? I found one last week, that couldn't. I wondered if he had been stung by a wasp, on the feeder. It seemed to recover and fly off later.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 4, 2012
2:02 PM

Post #9295929

Exhaustion, they starve so easy, needed to catch his breath?

lanakila

lanakila
Holly Springs, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2012
2:42 PM

Post #9295961

I'm in 7B and the hummers bugged out about 2 weeks ago. We have the feeders up still just in case we have travellers stop by to rest. Last year was the latest we'd ever seen our regulars and they left during the first week of October so this is a pretty normal year for us.
moxies_garden
Batesburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 5, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #9296535

It seemed to recover just fine. Maybe it was exhausted. They all look alike.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 5, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #9297072

Hummers do that, I think it's dehydration, hunger, they can be quite brutal to each other as well, sometimes they recover, sometimes not.

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 9, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #9301106

I caught this one cruising my duranta late yesterday...it only took about 200 shots to get a decent one...hehehe. They sure are fast! I caught a glimpse of a different variety at my feeder, but I didn't get a good look at it. The underside of the tail feathers was almost blonde, and the bird seemed a little fatter than the ruby throats we have visit most of the time. I wish I could describe it better, but I just caught a glimpse and then it was gone.

Russell

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 10, 2012
10:47 AM

Post #9301583

Russell, I can't help on the id, but I am sure you could get a fast identification on the bird identification forum. (look under communities tab)
The pics you have a wonderful ...good job.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 10, 2012
12:10 PM

Post #9301625

Look for an Anna? Don't know more but remember seeing a pic once

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 10, 2012
7:00 PM

Post #9301938

I think is looked more like a rufous based on the underside of the tail feathers, but I just can't be sure. I found a map online that shows they don't normally end up here, but I guess there is always a chance of them coming through. I live on Texas coast and we have lots of different travelers during the migrational periods.

I will look through the forums and see if I can see anything that looks similar. It is so hard to take mental notes when they fly away so quickly.

Russell

This message was edited Oct 10, 2012 11:40 PM

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 10, 2012
9:03 PM

Post #9302063

Yup, speedy birds, the 2 are apparently a lot alike- glad you found some pix!
hemlady
Melvindale, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 11, 2012
2:55 PM

Post #9302580

I think migration is very early this year. Besides hummers, I haven't seen a robin or red wing blackbird in quite some time either. My Baltimore Orioles left early as well.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 11, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9302736

That reminds me I noticed a crowd of Robins somewhere a month ago that I hadn't expected them yet- think it was in southern Mo-

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