Date: 7/6/20 5:38 am
From: R Stewart <2cnewbirds...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] hummingbird courtship now?
To weigh in on the thread, I, too, saw a male doing his loop de loops a
couple of days ago and wondered about the timing. Unlike Bob, I see a male
daily at my feeder, but only occasionally see the female - and no
'youngsters' as far as I know. That said, there are plenty of other
'youngsters' enjoying the 'free, easy to get food' in my feeders. And for
the first time ever, I have regular oriole visitors at my jelly feeder AND
hummer feeder. They must have tongues long enough to get into the small
openings to get juiced. ruth

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 4:57 PM anneboby <
<00000038cbe79a41-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Hello Maive - thanks for your unusual Ruby-thr Hummer report. There is no
> mistaking the typical mating display of a male Ruby-throat. The current
> timing of it is rather mysterious and difficult to explain.
> I have banded hummers for over 30 years in the Adirondacks at Jenny Lake
> near Corinth, NY. The timing of their breeding cycle should be very close
> to that of hummers in southern VT. At this point on the calendar, eggs
> should be hatching or about to. Newly fledged juveniles typically appear
> at feeders 20-25 Jul.
> Most of the literature on Ruby-throats suggests that males and females do
> not form pair bonds. Males attempt to mate with as many females as
> possible leaving the females as single moms. Males pay a price for their
> testosterone-driven, frenetic life style: they die young relative to
> females.
> I've recaptured numerous females that were 6, 7, 8 and even 9 years old,
> based on their banding history. Until a few years ago, I never had a male
> past 5 years, finally I caught one 6 years old. The Old Boys just don't
> make it. Hummer society is governed by Matriarchs.
> So, it is difficult this late in the breeding cycle to explain what you so
> astutely observed. Males are currently scarce at my feeders, females
> predominate tending to feeding themselves as well as their newly hatched
> young. A new mating now would be 4-5 weeks behind schedule; which, if it
> occurred, would be unusual.
> In about 3 weeks, perhaps less, adult males will begin departing for their
> winter quarters in Mexico and Central America as far south as Panama. They
> arrive there early to again lay claim to feeding territories they defend.
> Females and newly fledged young will depart our area, depending on
> elevation, in early September through early October.
> Then the fun begins when vagrant Western hummers begin to appear at
> feeders in the Northeast.
> Bob Yunick
> Schenectady, NY
> -----Original Message-----
> From: maevulus <maevulus...>
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Sent: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 12:58 pm
> Subject: [VTBIRD] hummingbird courtship now?
> We've had at least one pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds around since
> early May. Not long after the female(s) arrived, I watched a male doing
> an energetic courtship flight in front of one. We think we figured out
> which tree holds a nest, although we can't see it. Now, for the last two
> days, a male has been doing a courtship flight again, making long high J
> or U shapes in the air near the a female. Do they re-nest? If so, do
> they have to re-establish the pair? Or could this be a later arrival
> just getting starting?
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center

Ruth Stewart
E. Dorset VT
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