[Tweeters] Feather lost?-So no attachment to tighten—Re: A screw loose?
Dan Reiff, PhD
dan.owl.reiff at gmail.com
Sat Sep 29 19:50:00 PDT 2018
I was doing yard work after my last email to you. An Anna’s flew up to investigate and it made the missing wing feather sound.
> On Sep 29, 2018, at 7:03 PM, Marcia Ian <gnudle at icloud.com> wrote:
> Hi Dan,
> I’ve never heard this startling sound before, either from the hummingbirds here or on the East Coast where I used to live, but what you say makes sense. I didn’t get a close enough view to check out his feathers. If I hear him putt putt putting again I’ll see what I can see.
> Marcia Ian
>> On Sep 29, 2018, at 4:45 PM, Dan Reiff, PhD <dan.owl.reiff at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello Marcia,
>> One possibly is that it has molted a large wing feather. We have heard this very noticeable and different than usual sound each year and found it to to be a missing wing. It always surprises me when I first hear it.
>> We have several Anna’s year around at our feeders. They are currently also feeding on sap from fresh Sapsucker wells on our birch tree, beginning eight days ago.
>> Dan Reiff
>>> On Sep 29, 2018, at 3:58 PM, Marcia Ian <gnudle at icloud.com> wrote:
>>> One of the Anna’s hummingbirds at our feeder yesterday made a strange clacking sound in flight, resembling the sound made by a playing card inserted into the spokes of a kid’s bike for the purpose. Any thoughts as to what might be the cause?
>>> Marcia Ian
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