Re: Hummingbird numbers and other mysteries.

Sarah Grimes

Interesting discussion.
I remember we had a similar one last year around this time. 
Thanks all!

On May 25, 2021, at 4:16 PM, Erica Fielder <efielder@...> wrote:

Our hummingbirds seem to be slowly returning, too. Three Allen's visited these past few days. No Anna’s yet. The wind might have been what drove them away for awhile. Smart birds!


On May 25, 2021, at 1:29 PM, Linda Perkins <lperkins@...> wrote:

I never get more than a few hummers at my feeder, 3 miles up Albion Ridge Road. They disappeared for a few weeks. As of Sunday, May 23rd, I've seen the return of a male and a female Anna's as well as a male Allen's. Heard the courtship flight of the Anna's today.


On 5/25/2021 10:54 AM, jackson_us wrote:
I have had a report from a fellow who overlooks the ocean in Gualala and the hummingbirds and small birds are gone from his gardens. He’s very distressed. However, just a little south, a couple who overlook the Gualala River and the ocean had multitudes of hummers. My theory is, along with nesting, we’ve had extraordinary strong winds. I think the birds, along with the butterflies, are at more sheltered spots. We have a warm weekend coming up – if there is no wind, let’s pay attention and see if we spot more hummers. Fingers crossed!
Jeanne, Anchor Bay
From: John Gallo
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 10:01 AM
To: John Gallo
Cc: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) ; Erica Fielder ; Sarah Grimes ;
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Hummingbird numbers and other mysteries.
The male Anna's is back, just heard doing its courtship display and chirp. Nice.
Hopefully the lack of responses means everyone else is seeing normal amounts of hummingbirds.  If less than normal please reply to the people on this thread at least, if not reply-all.
On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 2:40 PM John Gallo via <gallo.ja@...> wrote:
Good questions Sarah! The hummingbirds are gone from here too. I live in Inglenook and in years past we had 2-3 breeding pairs on our property. Mostly Anna's, but I seem to remember some Allen's breeding, would need to check my notes.   Last year I think we only had about one pair, of Anna's.  This year we had a single Annas in the fall and now none.  Has anyone had a look at e-bird?  would be interesting to see what percentage of bird individuals observed this year are hummingbirds, compared to last year, or year's previous.  Might be possible to filter the search to terrestrial birds, not sure.
Come to think of it, it is already May 17th.  There should be more bird activity overall here...
On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 7:10 AM Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather@...> wrote:
Seems to be the same down on the Central Coast where I currently am. Over
the winter and early spring, there were a lot of hummingbirds... a few
Rufous came through my mother's yard in March. A single Allen's. Most were
Anna's. Now even the Anna's are gone.

Of course, I was thinking that during nesting season they are going for
more natural foods. I head out to some more wild places and see maybe one
or two different hummingbirds but no large numbers/ I ran into some
scientists in one location who were trapping Allen's Hummingbirds to
extract their DNA. There are two populations of Allen's Hummingbirds - one
is an island species on the Channel and Santa Catalina Islands that will
readily visit feeders. It is thought that they may come over to the
mainland from time to time because, these scientists theorize, the mainland
Allen's are not as easily attracted to feeders as the island birds are.
Plus some overwinter in southern California. So they are using mist nets
and special feeder traps to catch them, extract DNA samples and release
them again. I wish they were banding them, but they aren't. So the DNA will
show if the island birds are interbreeding with the mainland birds and will
also show them where they are wintering.

Typically, when I visit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, I see
hummingbirds everywhere. I haven't been able to visit in a while. I live on
the Mendocino coast but am currently on the Central Coast in Santa Barbara
County, taking care of my mom. (She has dementia). I am hoping to be home
before the fall migration starts.

I hope the hummingbird numbers increase soon and I hope they are not
disappearing due to lack of flowers or other foods.

Lisa Walker-Roseman (Feather Forestwalker)

On Mon, 17 May 2021 06:23:05 -0700, "Erica Fielder" <efielder@...>
> Hi Sarah,
> I also noticed that I’m not seeing hummingbirds. I wonder if the winds
> and cold are driving them inland. Do folks see them inland? Also, I’m
> not seeing many insects other than some bumblebees.
> Erica
> On May 16, 2021, at 5:32 PM, Sarah Grimes  wrote:
> I am holding onto hope that this is just my observation. I’m seeing far
> fewer hummingbirds around my usually busy yard as well as at the
> Botanical Gardens.
> Here’s hoping they are just avoiding me for some reason.
> Also, I caught a glimpse of what I first thought was a Western Kingbird
> on the fence west of the old runway (Noyo Headlands) I’ve seen them
> there before.
> As I pondered the glimpse, I kept seeing the peach of a Scissor tailed
> Fly Catcher.
> Now I feel confused as to what I saw.
> I do know it was beautiful, and that I saw it there on 5/15 at around
> 10:30 a m and I did not find it in 5/16.
> Perhaps someone wants to solve my little mystery:)
> Happy Birding ~
> Sarah
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