Hummer Decline...I Have Some Answers!
I just spoke with Bob Sargent from Trussville, AL...He and his wife head a Hummer Study Group, traveling across the country banding hummers..in fact, he came to my home in 2002 to band a Rufous (not an RT) that had surprisingly made his way to my feeder in late November...so interesting to watch..
According to him, the population has not really declined, but in his opinion, we are currently seeing fewer at our feeders due to a late nesting season...he says that females will try 2 and possibly 3 nestings a season, and there are still females attempting to find mates..
Also, he reminded me that if you see just ONE hummer, you really have FIVE! His advice to me was to get ALL my feeders up ( I usually have 12 up) no matter how few I currently have.
He feels confident we'll see the same good numbers, particularly after the 4th of July, and of course the big influx in late summer.
Well, that's the Readers Digest version of our conversation, and I hope this info is useful to all of you..So get more feeders up asap!!!!
BTW, Bob is sending me info on the Hummer Society Group, which includes a wonderful newsletter..I inadvertently let my membership expire, but I intend to renew it...if anyone is interested in becoming a member, let me know...
Hope this sheds some light on our MIA hummers!