Date: 9/1/18 3:53 pm From: Pat <pvaldata1...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers in danger
Actually, I do think they've started south. The feeding frenzy last week was something to watch. I could see 3 or 4 at a time most days. Now, we're down to one, it seems. But that one was very wary of the preying mantis! Pat Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone -------- Original message --------From: James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...> Date: 9/1/18 5:35 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Maryland Birding <mdbirding...>, Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers in danger Perhaps a less dire reason for your hummer drop off is migration. Labor Day weekend used to be the big blastoff for Ruby-throats but they tend to linger longer these days. We still have at least one pair but expect visitation to drop off in the next week.
Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...> California, Maryland
On Saturday, September 1, 2018, 12:41:15 PM EDT, Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> wrote:
I noticed a sudden, sharp drop-off in hummingbird activity yesterday and today. Only one hummer approached the feeder while I was watching today, but it was very skittish and never drank.
I went out to change the nectar and discovered the reason: a preying mantis was lurking on the side of the humzinger, just below the red lid. Mantis was escorted to the other side of our yard, but I'll make a point of checking the outside of the feeder more carefully every day from now on.
Pat ValdataCrisfield, Somerset County
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