Date: 10/26/19 4:30 am From: reeser <reeser...> Subject: Hummingbird - No, Other yard birds -- Cumberland County
We have not seen the hummingbird since Tues 10/22/19, he/she was here from 5:30 to 6 PM in the rain. Again best guess was a young or female ruby throated, but could have been a Selasphorus with no apparent coloring other than green on back and white/buff on front, straight dark bill, dark tail.
Hummer sightings have been every day through 10/13/19, 10/15/19, 10/18/19 through 10/22/19.
Still have plenty of salvia flowers (pineapple and others) and added a feeder yesterday Fri 10/25/19, so there may be a chance one will show up again. We'll look again today.
Saw on ebird that most of the ruby throated sightings in this area ended in the first week of October and the closest rufous sighting is west of here about mid State near the turnpike I76. So, I'm guessing that any sighting after about Oct 5 would be unusual for a ruby throated.
The common grackle was back today, as well as the other usual yard birds, song sparrows, white throated sparrows, downy woodpecker, blue jays, Carolina wrens, red bellied woodpecker, chickadees, titmouse, robins (heard not seen), house sparrows, cardinals (heard not seen), etc. See an occasional goldfinch and house finch but they seem to have gotten fewer in the last week or so. We had been hearing the young goldfinches "squeaking" for several weeks, but that seems to have stopped, so they may have moved on. We still have a few butterflies, the last monarch seen was about a week ago. Not many zinnias left for them, but they were also using the salvias and a few other flowers.