Date: 10/25/18 11:12 am
From: 'Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)' <Keith.A.Mcmullen...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [Non-DoD Source] IBET Out of Season Hummingbirds (no sightings)
Hi Lucy and IBET friends,

Not all RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS have left our great state just yet. According to eBird records, there are a few lingering Ruby-throats in several Illinois locations. I recall seeing reports from Saline, Champaign, Knox, Will, DuPage, Coles and Cook within the last few days. I'm certain I've missed a few as well.

Lucy is correct, though. Any hummingbird remaining should be studied closely as it could be a RUFOUS or one of the other western vagrants looking for a meal en route to their wintering grounds. Many western hummingbird species are spending the winter months in the Gulf Coast states and this isn't something new. It's been happening for years now and more and more light is being shed on this subject as more people report their sightings, whether it be via eBird or simply letting their local Audubon friends know.

Good birding and here's to wishing a Rufous drops into your yard soon :)

Keith McMullen

O'Fallon, IL


-----Original Message-----

From: <ILbirds...> [mailto:<ILbirds...>] On Behalf Of Lucy De Lap <ldelap...> [ILbirds]

Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2018 12:03 PM

To: ILbirds IBET <ilbirds...>

Subject: [Non-DoD Source] IBET Out of Season Hummingbirds (no sightings)

This is in response to another listers question about the presence of hummingbirds in this area at this time of year.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are gone for the year. My last date of sighting was October 2.

What's consuming your food is likely bees, ants and other nectar eaters.

However... hummingbird sightings are not unheard of well into late fall. I know this for a fact because I had a rufous hummingbird in my backyard from 11/6 to 11/15 in 2014. I reported it to the local Audubon group and then hosted a steady stream of admirers through its stay. It was quite cold that year, well below freezing every night. I put out a thawed feeder before dawn daily and he would go back and forth between his selected roost and the feeder throughout the day.

As a result, I always leave a feeder out until very late in the year, though I have not had a return visit since 2014. Still hoping...

Here's a link to a blog with photos by a fellow IBET member who had success seeing our visitor a couple of times. Blockedhttp://littlebirder <Blocked> (You may have to page down quite a bit to find the appropriate time period.)

Lucy DeLap

East Dundee

(Near the Fax River)

Kane County

Posted by: "Mcmullen, Keith A CIV USARMY CEMVS (US)"


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