[Tweeters] early Rufous Hummingbirds, Tom Lamb, Dixie,

creinsch creinsch at comcast.net
Sat Aug 13 17:06:49 PDT 2022

For the last 22 years we have had only occasional Rufous in the yard:
one or two in late March, and maybe three or four in August.  None
stayed for more than a day.

This year has been very different, and we are unsure why.  There were
several immature Rufous in June, and then on August 1st three arrived
and stayed for a little over four days. The fighting with the Anna's was
ferocious, and the Anna's eventually went into hiding.  Since then at
least one Rufous appears every couple of days, and the fighting
(bickering) resumes.

Are the weather/climate and fires up North accelerating the migration? 
I have wondered for sometime if some Rufous are completing their
Northern migration here, and the immature are actually fledging here. 
Is there any evidence of that?

And I have a question for anyone who remembers Tom Lamb of Dixie (NE of
Walla Walla):  Tom had house low in the foothills, where over the years
he had assembled something like 65 hummingbird feeders around his
property.  During Spring and Fall migrations the place was crazy with
Rufous, Black Chinned, and Calliope, with lots of noise from the
quarreling birds and visitors having close-up encounters.  Tom passed
away in 2014.

The question: Does anyone here remember Tom's joke about why a sailor
should not look up (toward the sky)?

Chuck Reinsch
Magnolia, Seattle

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