Date: 10/4/17 9:51 am
From: \Adams, Jamie\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: RE: R-T Hummingbirds
We have had North East Winds in Wilmington for past 3-4 days. I also have seen a big drop. They are probably taking the opportunity to get a tail wind to help them on their way.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Frank Hamilton
Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 12:15 PM
To: Carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>
Subject: R-T Hummingbirds

In previous seasons, I've had hummers at my feeders into mid-October. This season, appears to be an anomaly at least where I live. Around the time of our recent tropical storms my hummingbird count* was off somewhat because of less viewing time. Three weekends ago there were about 22. On 16 September I counted 55 in a 2-hour period. Since then I've only seen one. Could it be that these storms coming in the midst of migration have killed many of these birds? I would appreciate any comments if anyone has an insight on the apparent abrupt decline in sightings.

Thank you.

Frank Hamilton
Charleston, SC

* All counts are estimates based on observations at only two of four feeders.
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