Date: 8/31/17 2:29 pm
From: Lawrence Herbert <certhia13...>
Subject: Re: Hummingbirds, Oak Park Wichita
Joplin, MO. area, has quite a lot of hummers coming by.
At least as many as usual, or more !
Larry, in Joplin, MO.
Lawrence Herbert <certhia13...> 8-31-17.

On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 1:06 PM, Paul Griffin <pgriffin1...> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
>
> It has been a slow year for Hummingbirds in Oak Park, here in Wichita.
> Similar to last year. This is my 12th year, with no breaks. I have
> noticed that in the dry years, more hummingbirds are in Oak Park looking
> for food. This year is a wet year as was last year. This year I only had
> 6 feeders out, normally I would have twice as many. Note: I determine the
> amount of feeders by how quickly the sugar water disappears. If I come in
> the next morning and the feeders are empty, I add feeders until that
> doesn’t happen. I have found that if a hummingbird finds the feeder empty,
> they move on and don’t come back. August is always the month for the
> passing through of the most migrant hummingbirds heading South for the
> winter. Early September will have some, but in the last week I have seen a
> significant drop off of hummers coming to the feeders and I’m going to be
> removing some of the feeders soon. Yesterday, there were about 5. Looking
> back it seems the hummers peaked around the 10th of August which is earlier
> than normal. At the peak I estimate there were between 10 to 15
> hummingbirds using the feeders in Oak Park. Most of you will think that is
> a lot of hummingbirds, but Oak Park normally has twice as many as that.
> This year I have seen Calliope and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds more than
> normal and I have some video of them. Last year I got nice video and
> pictures of both Calliope and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, over the years I
> have gotten used to their special features and I can find them easier every
> year.
>
> There is another aspect to my hummingbird watching in Oak Park and that is
> the hummingbird nesting that takes place. Last year in the summer, there
> were about 10 different female Ruby-throated hummingbirds coming to my
> control feeder in Oak Park. That means there were probably that many nests
> in the immediate area of the feeder. The foliage was so thick last year I
> wasn’t able to find any of the nests. This year there were about half as
> many female Ruby-throated hummingbirds coming to the feeder, which a
> significant drop from last year, I don’t know why that has happened. But,
> this year I was able to find a nest and the adult female Ruby-throated
> female was one of the birds that was using my feeder about 200 feet from
> the nest. I was able to document the nest, although it was about 30 feet
> up. In time the fledglings got bigger and bigger and happily eventually
> fledged. Within a couple of days, I noted the newly fledged nestlings were
> using the feeder, probably because their mother led them to it.
> Eventually, they melted into the hummingbird population and I lost track of
> them. That happened in June.
>
> Next in Oak Park, Warblers. After watching Hummingbirds all summer, it is
> interesting to notice that warblers are much bigger than hummingbirds. In
> the spring, when the warblers first show up, they are much smaller than the
> birds we have been watching all winter. Finally, the city got the Eastern
> pump fixed in Oak Park, about a month ago, so the NE brook will be a good
> place to see warblers. Although, last spring was the worst warbler showing
> I’ve experienced in Oak Park. Hopefully, this fall will be better.
>
> Happy Birding,
>
> Paul Griffin
>
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