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I remember we had a similar one last year around this time.
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@...
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
On 5/25/2021 10:54 AM, jackson_us
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.
Jeanne, Anchor Bay
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 10:01 AM
To: John Gallo
Cc: Lisa D. Walker, (Feather
Forestwalker) ; Erica Fielder ; Sarah
Grimes ; Mendobirds@groups.io
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 groups.io
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,
Come to think of it, it is already May
17th. There should be more bird activity overall
On Mon, May 17,
2021 at 7:10 AM Lisa D. Walker, (Feather
Seems to be the same
down on the Central Coast where I currently am.
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
Lisa Walker-Roseman (Feather Forestwalker)
On Mon, 17 May 2021 06:23:05 -0700, "Erica
> 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
> On May 16, 2021, at 5:32 PM, Sarah Grimes
> 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
> 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
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