hummingbird disappearance

birkie(z4 WI)July 5, 2007

We have several pairs of ruby throats nest near our farmyard and when the first broods fledged there were 7-8 birds visiting our three feeders, fighting, chasing, etc. About three weeks ago they seemed to suddenly disappear and altho we since witnessed one male courting a female, there has been almost no activity. We thought perhaps the hot weather sent them into the woods, and it was true that when it cooled off, a few reappeared, but certainly not in the numbers we saw earlier. A neighbor has commented upon the same phenomenon. We have seen no dead birds, but could this be West Nile or other disease?

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proudgm_03(6 MO)

I also have seen few hummingbirds this year. Earlier I saw a couple of males and females. Now I am seeing one female who I am sure has nested nearby. Wish I could find it I would love to watch. She comes by and checks me out whenever I am in one of my bright shirts. I have two feeders that I keep filled but no hummingbirds.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 10:47AM
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sidk

I saw this link on a different forum. Sounds like it fits your situation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hummingbirds.net: Where did my hummers go?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 1:07PM
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proudgm_03(6 MO)

Thanks, for the link. I don't remember this happening before but I guess it does.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 3:40PM
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