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!
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
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.
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.
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.