[Tweeters] Additional Observations Regarding Anna’s
max.kingsbury at gmail.com
Tue Dec 28 16:15:09 PST 2021
Thanks for sharing all of these observations. In return I will share an
amazing recent video of 40+ Anna's at a group of feeders on a Magnolia
porch (sorry it's embedded on NextDoor, you'll have to log in):
Hope your feeders are all warm and busy with hummers!
On Thu, Nov 25, 2021 at 12:42 AM Dan Reiff <dan.owl.reiff at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Tweeters,
> I generally like to keep email responses in a chain/thread from the
> original email sender.
> I find it much easier to follow then each person starting a new one.
> Do others find the same?
> I make the exception here because I found the Anna’s threads in my junk
> file, which I check daily because I find some legitimate tweeters emails
> I am very cautious about some emails from Tweeters, because of the
> inappropriate emails that began with the breach of Tweeters.
> I get 3-6 each day and put them in trash and delete.
> Now, my wife and I are big fans of hummingbirds.
> In addition to the great observations and comments by others, there is
> another we have noted regarding food source guarding and number of them
> feeding in close proximity.
> Sudden cold weather shifts and prolonged very low temperatures like we
> have had at times over the last year, appear to make the feeder guarding
> and chasing behavior much less frequent and often, if they do happen it is
> much slower and much less aggressive.
> And last winter, during the several days of the coldest weather, we
> observed more hummingbirds on one of feeders than ever before.
> Especially in the last 90 minutes before dark, up to 13-14 (8-10 more than
> the usual max) were side by side, close to touching and showed no signs of
> It was almost like there was some primitive “let’s all survive and we can
> dispute territory later” behavior.
> Flights were half speed or less- it was like seeing them in a slow motion
> video-which was very neat to watch.
> Or maybe they were just too chilled, with decreased metabolism and need to
> conserve energy for survival, to be aggressive. Or some or all of those and
> We have an additional feeder nearby and another 40 feet away and around
> the corner of our house. We currently have no more Anna’s than usual,
> around 3-5.
> However, our most interesting sugar feeding station occurs each fall and
> never needs to be attended or refilled.
> Each year a Red-breasted Sapsucker arrives and establishes sap wells
> between when the first leaves show signs of turning until about 90 % have
> fallen off our 45 year old Birch tree. The time range is about 5-7 weeks.
> Then the bird is gone.
> Currently, at least one Anna’s, four Black-capped Chickadees and one
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet are frequenting the “well-maintained“ wells, some are
> on the top side of larger branches, in addition to those on the usual
> vertical trunk surfaces.
> A group of 8-10 Bushtits are frequently in our yard and I always enjoy
> hearing them and watching them fly. This is the first year they have more
> than make a late afternoon visit to our suet feeders.
> They make stops to the Birch tree,
> As they move around the yard gleaning. I am interested to if they will use
> the sap wells. My speculation is no, but who knows?
> Has anyone seen them feeding at sap wells?
> Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
> Best regards,
> Dan Reiff
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