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Thread subject: T-minus 8 weeks (give or take). . .
Name Date Message
Melanie 01/10/10 01:22 pm . . . and we shall have osprey again! Seems like only last month they left. Or maybe two.
Shelley 01/10/10 01:48 pm Call me a dreamer but there is still a small part of me that hopes for some miracle that will enable another cam season.....

(watching that hummingbird cam you linked to the other day is helping a bit! She is so cute! And her eggs are due to hatch around Jan. 19-21)
Melanie 01/10/10 02:50 pm OK - you're officially a dreamer!
Celeste 01/11/10 12:00 am Tonight I came upon a Documentary about hummingbirds, called "Hummingbirds, Magic in the Air" on Nature from PBS.
Check your TV schedule as it will be repeated, however, there are complete portions at this link...(learned a lot about them, for ex. didn't know they were evolutionary cousins of swifts, and yes, the female after mating, is on her own with her eggs and babies)
Shelley 01/11/10 06:24 am I watched it too, Celeste. Amazing, creatures!! I loved how that one species (I forget which ones) actually nest close to Cooper's hawks, as their protectors!
Marie 01/11/10 12:14 pm I watched it too last evening...fascinating , especially as we have the Anna's all year long in Victoria and the Rufous visit by March and leave by the end of August. Aggressive birds for their tiny size. ;-) What amazed me was the fact they lived so long...up to 12 yrs in some cases. Usually 8 yrs is an average for life span for these diminutive creatures..
Melanie 01/11/10 12:53 pm It is interesting how this whole subject of hummers has expanded for me. I see (generally) ruby throats when they are on their way to somewhere else - spring or fall migration. As soon as one is seen in the area there are 4 of us who immediately put out our feeders in hopes of attracting one.

But the really interesting thing dovetails in with their changing migratory patterns and how many more West Coast birds are turning up on the East Coast. There was an Allen's hummingbird that turned up over Christmas on Cape Cod - yes, in the midst of all that cold and snow and wind. Happily it found someone who saw it and put out her nectar feeder and surrounded it with Christmas lights to keep it from freezing. The woman even canceled her vacation plans so she could keep it fed. If you look at the article, be sure to check out the gallery that shows all the lights clustered around the feeder. How festive!

I routinely get East Coast bird reports on a weekly basis and the Eastern Massachusetts report said the hummer had since been captured and taken to a refuge center where it will over-winter and be released.
Celeste 01/11/10 02:18 pm That is great news . Love stories like this one!
Shelley 01/11/10 09:37 pm Wow, Melanie, what a story!!
cheryl 01/12/10 07:59 am The hummingbird program was great. I was amazed at how much they slow down their heart rate while sleeping to conserve energy. The infra red camera showing the hummingbird turn from warm reddish orange to cool blue, which was the color of its surroundings, was fascinating.

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