Just a fascinating article on how hummingbirds see colors.
ScienceAlert: Hummingbirds Can See Colours We Can’t Even Imagine, Experiment Reveals.https://t.co/p5vof6Wcaf
— The Best Nest of GA (@TheBestNest_GA) June 16, 2020
It’s the 1st week of November and that usually means one thing here in Johns Creek, GA… The hummingbirds have left.
The hummingbirds arrived right on time this year. I was tracking them as they hit Macon, GA on the 15th of March. Then like clockwork I saw them at my own backyard on March 30th.
Some of you may know that I own the Wild Bird Center of Johns Creek. The store is located in Northeast Atlanta suburbs. We are just east of the foothills that lead to Blue Ridge Mountains.
From my “perch” at the store I get to hear hummingbird stories all season long. Here is the trend that I have been hearing for the past few seasons.
Now that the hummingbirds have left go ahead and take down your nectar feeders and give them a good cleaning. Use a 5% bleach solution to kill any mold, mildew and other unwanted bacteria. Scrub the feeders out, dry them and hang them in the garage until next season.
Don’t be too sad the hummers will be back in six months!
Here in the southeast our fall weather is just about upon us. The mosquitoes and the heat are just a few days away from leaving us for months.
The ruby-throated hummingbirds have been fairly light this year. Here in NE Atlanta they arrived on time, right around the end of March but it wasn’t until late July that we saw any hanging around. My best guess is that in this region we are just in a hummingbird lull that has been happening for the last couple of years.
This should be nothing to worry about. I haven’t read any articles suggesting that our favorite jewel is on the decline. My own reasoning concerning the bird is not scientific, just an observation followed by very limited local nectar sale’s data.
With the middle of October just around the corner the last ruby-throated stragglers will soon be leaving North America. Hopefully they will have an excellent winter in Southern Mexico and Central Latin America and come back in abundance!
I ran across this article from our corporate twitter account. 10 interesting hummingbird facts that you may not have known.
Here’s just a piece of one…
“75 percent of the bird’s weight is supported by the down stroke, while the other 25 percent is lifted by the up stroke.” They do this by inverting their wings on the upstroke.
Now you got to admit that pretty cool…
— 101 Reasons (@1o1reasons) January 31, 2017
Living in NE Atlanta we traditionally receive only the ruby-throated hummingbird in these parts. However, occasionally during the winter, the rufous hummingbird comes to us as a lost vagrant.
I shouldn’t really say lost we’re not sure why this hummingbird is here. This small bird is found in the NW and Canada during the summers and should migrate back 3,900 miles to Mexico every winter. They migrate in a clockwise motion going up the west coast and come back down through the Rocky Mountains. How they get so far east of the Rocky Mountains during their return trip is anyone’s guess but they do on occasion show up here!
There are other hummingbird vagrants that show up as well but the rufous is the most usual of our unusual hummingbirds. Some people in Georgia see so many of them that they will keep their hummingbird feeders up all winter.
Here’s a great pic I found on Twitter. Thanks to @NaturePH0T0S for the twitter post.
Rufous Hummingbird pic.twitter.com/0bw0eHA7AG
— Nature Photography (@NaturePH0T0S) January 27, 2017
I saw this picture and just had to pass it on…
Here is a wine-throated hummingbird showing off his feathers.
You won’t find this bird in the US. It is a non-migratory hummingbird native to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
The male wine-throated hummingbird has an impressive courtship display.
(Photo: Knut Eisermann) pic.twitter.com/P7MLyvJAot
— Strange Animals (@Strange_Animals) October 30, 2016
Great video of a couple of hawk moths. These are not actually hummingbirds they are part of the Sphingidae family of moths. Also called sphinx moths.
These moths actually fly like hummingbirds having the same type of flight abilities. Although not as fast as hummingbirds for an insect they are relatively fast reaching a top speed of 12Mph!
Thanks to @HortErotica for this video of two of them on a plant.
— HortErotica (@HortErotica) October 23, 2016
We just brought these little hand held hummingbird feeders into our retail store in Johns Creek, GA.
The directions say to take the nectar dot and go stand next to your hummingbird feeder. The hummingbird will eventually find the nectar dot in your hands – then you are good to go.
Here’s a video I saw in twitter on it being used. Thanks to @lolbook for sharing the video!
— LOLBOOK (@LOLBOOKcom) October 8, 2016
Here’s a great shot of a ruby-throated hummingbird in Indiana. Here in Atlanta the birds have started to thin but looks like we have a couple of weeks lefts for these northern stragglers.
Thanks @lifebirder for this great pic
— Life Birder (@LifeBirder) September 27, 2016