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Do you have any idea where the hummingbirds are this year?

Ken Little
StarNews

Andy Wood, education director of Audubon North Carolina, says that this time of year hummingbirds are looking for protein to feed themselves and their offspring.

“Tiny insects make up a large portion of the hummingbird’s early summer diet, and it may be that our feeders are temporarily ignored in favor of naturally-occurring foods in the forms of flower nectar and little insects that the hummingbird gleans from flowers and catches in the air,” Wood says.

Many pest insects including thrips, newly-hatched caterpillars, aphids and others are food for hummingbirds, he says.

“Hummingbirds are around our area right now, and while I have not heard reports of any downturn in their numbers, I too have noticed only a relative few this spring. I believe it is too early in the season to make any assumptions about their population in our area,” Wood says.

Wood plans to conduct further research with other hummingbird experts to see if there is a trend he isn’t aware of.

He’s appreciative of the question.

“Your reader’s observation is very important and we would know much less about our native birds if we did not have ‘volunteer scientists’ keeping tabs on where birds are and how many they see,” Wood says.

For more information, visit http://nc.audubon.org

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4 Responses to “ Do you have any idea where the hummingbirds are this year?”

  1. On July 2, 2010 at 7:57 am Judy Moore wrote:

    I live in coastal South Carolina. This time last year I had many birds fighting over my feeders. My feeders have been up since April and to date I have seen one hummingbird. I have repeatedly emptied, cleaned and refilled my feeders to make sure the nectar is good but to no avail. Any ideas on where the birds are this year?

  2. On June 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm kathy martinez wrote:

    I have 2 feeders and havent seen any this year last year I saw them just about every morning..its kinda sad because they really do uplift you when you see them buzzing around your feeder..I wish I new why they dont come to my feeders this year I clean them out and always make sure the nectar is fresh?

  3. On July 14, 2011 at 10:07 am jeanette cuttoin wrote:

    I worried, since I have not seen any humming bird this year. Have 2 feeders for the last 5 years and have a little hummingbird family come back every year. Keep cleaning and changing the feeders but to no avail. I am worried that our little friends suffered with all these floods like the Mississipi river flood. Will keep my eyes open, but usually I see them at this time of the year, the maple tree where they usually live is right outside my window.

  4. On July 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm Gail Metzel wrote:

    It’s July 30 and I still have not had a single hummingbird. I have the same feeder out as last year, and I am using the same recipe to make the food. I keep cleaning it and filling it with new food. Any other ideas?



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