Re: [CVBirds] Rufous Hummer "invasion," Putah Creek
Denise and David Hamilton
OK, I’m also not in the CV, but over the past days in our yard in Napa, have had at least 5 male Rufous and 10+ female types (hard to keep track of them there were so many!) Started arriving Monday before the storm, were here Tuesday in the storm, and Wed. even though weather was improved still had mobs of them (along with more Anna’s than I usually see). This morning there are still several males, but numbers have definitely thinned out.
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7:17 PM
Subject: RE: [CVBirds] Rufous Hummer "invasion," Putah Creek
The invasion extends to the coast. I had a male here in Half Moon Bay today (Rufous), and that is my first male in spring that I can recall on the coast. I think it is drought related. The flowers they usually go for must be in short supply, so they are moving to areas where they are usually not found at this time of year, perhaps lower areas nearer to water/coast that may be more humid? That is my guess.
[mailto:central_valley_birds@...] On Behalf Of BRUCE DEUEL
I might as well join in. Maybe someone can figure out what's going on. On April 1st I had my FOS Rufous, by the 3rd there were 6, and from the 4th through today there have been 8 (I think - hard to count when all of them plus 7 Anna's are trying to use the feeders at once). These are large numbers for our place 7 mi W of Red Bluff, as well.