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Passing through on their way South

August 9 2017 at 5:46 PM

Joe M.  (Login flhummer)
Hummingbirder 2012

Numbers are still holding up with the exception of the Adult birds that are becoming pretty few and far between.

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Joe M.
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Alex
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 9 2017, 11:31 PM 

Dang hes go the 5 oclock shadow going on. Looking good.
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Carol Trego
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Passing through on their way South

August 10 2017, 4:38 AM 

Joe, wonderful images. Love the 2nd last one with the wings downward which looks like he is floating along. We're getting a lot of excellent images on the forum thanks to those who can digitally capture the hummers with their cameras. I'm still struggling to get some good images of them this year. Guess I'm impatient and they are too fast. Found some really nice Albutilon (flowering maple) yesterday for $2 a 4" pot. Couldn't resist and bought 3. That will help provide nectar to them.

Carol Trego
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jp
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 11 2017, 8:12 PM 

Great sharp photos!

 
 

Kathi and Michael Rock
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 12 2017, 1:37 AM 

Excellent photos Joe. I really love the sharpness of the last one and detail of the gorget. We must enjoy them while we can!
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Joni
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 13 2017, 6:22 PM 

Great pix, Joe! My resident male is still chasing the young 'uns. Numbers have dropped a bit the past few days but are still way better than summer. This early heavier activity better not be my peak as mine usually doesn't start until the first 2 weeks of Sept. Wasn't concerned for a bit since they've seemed svelt but yesterday I noticed a couple of very plump birds.

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Fran
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 13 2017, 7:53 PM 

Great photos Joe!! My husband is trying to teach me how to use his DSLR, but so far I'm having trouble holding it steady enough to get a clear shot! I'll keep trying though.

Fran
Lakeview, OR
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Marilyn Guber
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Passing through on their way South

August 13 2017, 8:21 PM 

Joe,

Always enjoy your photos and all the detail they show. The little hummingbirds' personalities show through.

1. "I got it figured out!"
2. "I have to put on weight."
3."I always need to stay on guard."
4. "Keep working, keep eating."
5. "Wait until the ladies see me next year!"

Marilyn
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Joe M.
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Morning Surprise VERY Few Hummers

August 14 2017, 8:20 AM 

Ouch! Usual 6-6:30 AM refill of my 3 little bottle feeders was eerily quiet with no hummers buzzing around while I filled them. A couple showed up as I backed off but no throng of 8-10 buzzing little beasts!
First morning indication that the flow of birds heading south is slowing down. The happy days of having hummers everywhere may be drawing to an, all to soon close.
Joe M.
Lakeland, FL

 
 
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 14 2017, 8:38 AM 

My numbers have been going up and down for more than a week and I suspect individuals aren't staying long. Yesterdays adult male was the first in weeks.

 
 
Tom M
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 14 2017, 11:41 AM 

The happy days of having hummers everywhere may be drawing to an, all to soon close.

I wouldn't say "everywhere", it's nice to be seeing them here again wink.gif
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Joe M.
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 16 2017, 5:23 PM 

I know this is a new arrival passing through but he surprised me by going to a feeder 4 1/2' from me and after turning 90 degrees he was still not spooked but before the shutter closed he was a-moving, I thought I had a great photo but not so much.

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Joe M.
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Joe M.
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 17 2017, 5:02 PM 

I doubt either of these birds are repeats from previous days. A consistent turnover of immature birds from day to day.

This first photo was the result of a rare moment when the young bird hovered in the same spot out in the open, for about 2-3 sec., allowing for a successful snap shot. It very rarely happens in my experience.
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Joe M.
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Indy Steve
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 18 2017, 3:57 PM 

Joe great images. Not much happening in my area, if you compare it to rush hour traffic Im more in the 7 pm hour.
Steve
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Joe M.
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 18 2017, 4:39 PM 

We still have multiple birds around but really very few compared to a couple of weeks ago. This summer we have had lower numbers than the past three years but considering the variables year to year this is probably not unexpected.
Can't expect a "bumper crop" every year!

The flow during this latter period of their migration has been pretty similar to past years.


Joe M.
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Cathy P (Downers Grove, IL Zone 5b)
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August 19 2017, 12:30 PM 

Nice pictures!!! Still have mine
waiting for the migrating ones in Sept
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Joe M.
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 21 2017, 1:07 PM 

Time is flying by and so are the hummers.
Nice little uptick in hummers here by late morning, probably an additional 6+ hummers, from the numbers yesterday and the avg. for the past 4 days. Still putting out about a qt. of solution a day but I expect that to decline significantly over the next 10 days as well as the number of feeders I put out.

Same bird in both photos
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Joe M.
Lakeland, FL

 
 
Alex
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 24 2017, 5:17 PM 

Looking good, I need 6 in my yard. I only have 2..lol
Alex
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Joe M.
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Re: Passing through on their way South

August 24 2017, 6:00 PM 

Still putting out a qt. a day but that's less than a half of what was being used 2 wks. ago.

Had an interesting bird that stopped to fill up about noon today and spent an 1 1/2 hr. here before he left and the yard resumed being fairly peaceful. Immature male (probably high on hormones) was the most aggressive bird I have seen all summer. Chased every bird within 30' of the feeder he was using very aggressively, it was a sight to behold watching pugilistic behavior.

Here he is catching a breather or feeding. No edit and the wind was blowing the feeder to and fro!

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Joe M.
Lakeland, FL

 
 

Nathan
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Hummingbird lover 2013

Re: Passing through on their way South

August 24 2017, 7:48 PM 

Joe, I really enjoy the aggressive ones that come through. Some of them will chase any bird on sight even if it's at a feeder that belongs to a different bird.
Nathan Motz
Deridder, Louisiana

 
 
 
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