[Tweeters] Hummingbirds in the Snow

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Sun Feb 5 10:59:10 PST 2017

The Ruby-throats, at least pre-climate change, winter in Central and South America and have this one-hop migration over the Caribbean.

The Pacific Coast, with its milder winters and more species of hummers, has more resident species. But, the Anna's northward expansion is a pretty recent phenomena.

Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-791-7702 (C)
ucd880 at comcast.net

----- Original Message -----

In East Tennessee (Oak Ridge) there aren’t any ruby throats around from late fall until spring.

Wally Davis


From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of festuca at comcast.net
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 9:52 AM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] Hummingbirds in the Snow

Hi folks,

As I sit over my morning coffee, watching the Anna's Hummingbirds flitting through the snow to take their morning quaff of sugar water from my feeders, I was thinking that this must be a very "Western" phenomenon.

Nearly 35 years ago, I was mist-netting and banding songbirds at Malheur NWR (this was in the pre-Bundy times . . . ), and recall that the nets picked up migrating Black-chinned and Calliope hummers during snow flurries.

I was wondering if those of you who have experience Out East know whether the Ruby-throats similarly tank up on sugar water during these mornings of cold precipitation?

TIA, and cheers,

Jon. Anderson


Tweeters mailing list
Tweeters at u.washington.edu

More information about the Tweeters mailing list