Date: 9/1/18 4:25 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers in danger
Had three this morning in Maine and two yesterday so they are still around up north...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville,MD

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> On Sep 1, 2018, at 5:35 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> 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:
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>
> 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 Valdata
> Crisfield, Somerset County
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