7691Re: [nflbirds] RT Hummer arrival dates
- Mar 16, 2012FYI . . . .
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are here all winter in SW FL and breed at
places like Corkscrew Sanctuary here in Collier County . . . .
Vincent P. Lucas
On Mar 16, 2012, at 8:03 AM, Jim Stevenson wrote:
> This, our only eastern species of hummer, has actually been seen
> arriving occasionally in late February. And yes, the males do show
> up first, despite their inability to stop and ask for directions
> (maybe the gals have more luggage). It is not unusual to see them
> anytime in March.
> It has always been curious to me that the only breeding hummer in
> the East is almost the least likely to winter. As they say in
> Louisiana, Geaux figger.
> They also join a number of birds in being trans-Gulf in spring but
> largely circum-Gulf in fall. Here in Texas, they are seen in droves
> in September, flying right down the beach, following the contour of
> the Gulf�s edge.
> BTW, early arriving RTs are quite fond of the colorful thistles that
> grow along the roadsides.
> This year�s jet stream, staying so far to the North, won�t produce
> many exciting days for bird groundings (until things change), but is
> better for the survival rate of the incoming. Of course, that does
> little for Natural Selection. Life�s a series of compromises.
> Have a nice weekend,
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