For many years those of us who live on the coast have had wintering hummingbirds, some every year for five or even 10 years. EBird insists they are rare on the coast, but they are not by any reasonable definition. Last winter, with the help of Beth Roth's email list of people at The Landings on Skidaway, and a Savannah Morning News feature, I received responses from over 80 people in Chatham County alone, reporting 125 birds. Don't jump to conclusions that these birds were shared among many homeowners. Anecdotal evidence suggests they were not.
So, this year I would like to expand that survey, with some rigor applied to the exercise, to all the coastal counties in Georgia. Rural and undeveloped areas are of particular interest. If you are willing to get on board, in early November I will be sending out a cover letter with images to help you ID the species (we always get Rufous and Black-chinned as well as Ruby-throats), and instructions for reporting your sightings on eBird. I will only need to hear from you on the first of every month, December through April. You are welcome to report to eBird every day you see a hummingbird at your feeders if you wish.
E-mail me at <russ.wigh...> <mailto:<russ.wigh...> , and I will be really happy to include you on the list.