Date: 10/4/17 12:43 pm
From: Elizabeth Faison (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: R-T Hummingbirds
My juvies seem to have left early. They were here last week, but I have not seen them for several days, and the feeders are not emptying. I usually have some through the 5th of October.

Elizabeth Faison
Boone, NC

From: <carolinabirds-request...> <carolinabirds-request...> on behalf of Frank Hamilton <fhamil06...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:14 PM
To: 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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