Hummingbird Spring Migration

claireplymouth z6b coastal MAApril 1, 2008

I posted this Spring 2008 Migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds map on the Project FeederWatch thread, but I didn't realize it continues to update on the post here. I thought it might be of interest (and easy) for people to check to see if hummingbirds are in their area.

Claire

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silvergirl426_gw

Oh Claire,
Thank you soooo much for posting this. There is still snow (!!!) in my backyard, but I look longingly at the empty shepherd's crooks holders waiting for the feeders and think -- only 6 weeks or so til they're back in my (icebox of CT) corner of the world.
lucia

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 2:44PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Looking at the map, the red dots are March sightings and the green dots are in April. The northeast-bound hummingbirds seem to have gotten up almost to the Hudson River and stopped, while the others are going straight north in the midwest.

Maybe the northeast-bound birds are caught in traffic trying to get across the Hudson?

Claire (who lived in NYC for way too long and understands Hudson River crossings)

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 8:18PM
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sooey(7MA)

Hi Kids,

I need to get my Hummingbird feeders out of winter storage...where ever that is...and get them cleaned, filled and out on the deck. Any day now and those little sweeties will appear. Best to have food waitng for them. Is that wishfull thinking on my part?

sooey

    Bookmark   April 3, 2008 at 11:52AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Sooey, it may be wishful thinking, but wishful thinking is better than doom and gloom. I remember a few years ago my sister-in-law put out a hummingbird feeder in early spring, even though no hummers had been seen.

It took 20 minutes for one to appear at the feeder.

My problem is that the warblers made me put a suet feeder on the rose arch where I hung the hummingbird feeder last year. The warblers also insisted on a second suet feeder on the next best place for a hummingbird feeder, the wisteria standard. Gotta find a new place.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 3, 2008 at 12:58PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

As of April 7, the hummers are heading for the Great Lakes and avoiding the coast! Do they know something we don't?

Claire

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 12:14PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Whoa! On April 7, there was a sighting in what looks like Rhode Island! Sooey, you better get those feeders out fast!

Me too, although I'm a bit farther north than you.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 5:30PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Actually, silvergirl426, you may see them before we southeastern MA types do, even though you're in zone 5. They should be in coastal CT now, maybe about to head north inland.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 6:06PM
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sooey(7MA)

Wow! Look at that...April 7th in RI ! My feeder has been up since Monday afternoon. I had to go find a new one...my other two are still stashed away with the pots and dirt. I haven't seen anthing yet but I'm ready when they are.

sooey
note to self...during fall clean up in November, the Hummingbird feeders go on TOP of the pile...

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 1:28PM
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ellen_s(z5 centralMA)

That's it! A feeder is going up here tonight.

We always have some hummingbirds that must have been here the previous summer..they seem to remember where the feeders were, and look in those places first...

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 1:37PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Another one in SE Ma today! It looks like maybe somewhere around New Bedford? - I wish there was a way to zoom this map.

Speedy little fellas.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 8:36PM
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sooey(7MA)

Closer and closer and closer they come... I've been ready for these little cuties since Monday. Traffic across the Bridges has been light so what could be taking so long?

sooey
tapping foot and walking from window to window to window...

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 11:42AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Sooey: I know there are big issues on the Cape now with getting temporary visas for seasonal/summer workers. Maybe the hummers are stuck without visas?

I just bought a new shepherd's crook for the hummingbird feeder today (the warblers won't relinquish the suet spots). I'll probably put it up tomorrow (I have a concentrated sugar solution ready in the refrigerator).

Claire

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 8:25PM
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sooey(7MA)

HB1/HB2 Visas...Claire, that could be it! Poor little Hummers...cought up in all that bureaucracy...

I have fresh sugar water cooling as I type. When they clear customs, lunch will be ready.

sooey

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 1:15PM
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sooey(7MA)

OK, Kids...fresh Hummer juice in the Hummer feeder and a second Bluebird box has been put up in the back yard, ready for Bluebird occupancy!

sooey

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 3:05PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Great that your B&B is open, sooey!

I've been searching, trying to find out if there's some indicator for hummingbird arrival. Something like "When the forsythia are in bloom" or whatever. After all, the little hummers have to eat when they get here (sooey wasn't on the Cape last year).

One fascinating direction I've found is the connection between Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and hummingbirds.

Apparently tree sap has two advantages - the composition is similar to flower nectar, and insects get stuck to it. Voila, sugar plus protein in one spot.

The sapsuckers start to migrate in early spring when the sap is running, and 2 or 3 weeks later the hummingbirds follow them. Sapsuckers drill holes in the trees and the sap leaks out (like maple sugaring) - the hummers can't drill holes, but they can sip from the open holes.

Now if I can just find out when the sapsuckers are due to arrive.....

Has anybody seen a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker yet?

Claire

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 5:59PM
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sooey(7MA)

Good info, Claire! I was wondering about the forsythia also. I had no idea about the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I'll have to watch for them...yet another bird I don't think I have ever noticed!

In checking the Hummer Migration Map for a few years past, '04-07, it would seem that they make their appieranceappear on the Cape during the second half of April with the 25th or 26th being the latest time recorded. According the the Weather Channel this is to be a very good week for the Cape and South Shore...lots of sun and daytime temps in the 50's. This could be our week!

sooey...
who is feeling the need for yet another Hummingbird feeder in her yard...

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 7:41AM
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ellen_s(z5 centralMA)

They're in Rutland, they're in Rutland!! (that's very close to here). I have 2 feeders up but haven't seen one here yet. We did see some phoebes arguing about who is going to nest in the barn, and we have a pair of ducks who have spent the past 3 days in our pond, so life's starting to pick up out there!! We spread compost over our lawn last weekend, and the robins are really enjoying the buffet out there :-)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 9:04AM
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sooey(7MA)

ellen_s, it sounds like you live in a wonderful, bird filled area. I'll bet you see some Hummers this week! Let us know... Enjoy!

sooey

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 9:23AM
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flwrs4ever

Would anyone know if there is hummers on block Island ? i havent been there before but I have a friend that just moved there...I would love to give her a feeder if they are.. I am anxiously waiting for the hummers also..I did just put up an oriole feeder also, going to add the jelly and oranges this week.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 12:29AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Well, the map shows hummers in Maine, and the far north of VT, and the other map on the site shows them in Canada! But none here in South Plymouth.

The forsythia are blooming and so is the pussywillow tree, so I guess that's no indicator. I'm betting they'll show up when the azaleas bloom. The hummers love the Hino Crimson red-orange azalea.

Come on, little birds!

Claire

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 8:26PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Oh, and flwrs4ever, I was hoping someone knew about hummingbirds on Block Island. I don't. I tried searching, but didn't get any firm answer except that they do migrate through. Maybe you could contact the Block Island Times.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 8:31PM
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flwrs4ever

thanks Claire for your help ! I took the feeder to her, and it is set up, so i hope it wasnt a futile effort. and to think I dont have mine out yet...going to work on it tomorrow.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 11:02PM
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sooey(7MA)

Hi Kids,

I just got home from a weekend away to green, green, green Baltimore! Holy Crap...is it ever GREEN! Redbuds & Dogwood in bloom, Tulips all aglow. Lots of folks out cutting their grass for the THIRD time! It was a breath of fresh air...

I came home to empty bird feeders but no evidence of any Hummers. I thought I would check the migration map this morning and for sure I would see Hummers on Cape Cod... No such luck. I guess we are all still waiting. Fresh juice is cooling on the kitchen counter, ready to refill the feeder. I'll be ready for them, when ever they arrive.

sooey
still tapping her foot...waiting

    Bookmark   April 22, 2008 at 11:52AM
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sooey(7MA)

OK, Kids...today is the day. I can feel it! Today is april 24th. I am going to go up to the slider at the deck, where the Hummingbird feeder is hung, and hang out until I see a Hummer. Hummers will be in Brewster TODAY! It HAS to be today!...I can feel it...

sooey

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 12:24PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

sooey - According to the map, there was a sighting on the Cape on April 23!

Otherwise, I hope you're prepared to send out for pizza for dinner, and breakfast, and lunch .....

Good luck,
Claire

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 5:41PM
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sooey(7MA)

Crap...I was wrong. I guess that feeling I had was a bit of gas... No Hummers in Brewster yesterday. I sat in front of the slider for two hours. Got some knitting done on a pair of socks but, no Hummers!

I'll sit at the slider for a while again today. It IS the 25th! They should be here by the end of this weekend. If they only knew what special Hummer juice I make...fresh and tasty!

Claire, have you seen them as yet? Anyone else? Next we will all be on the lookout for the return of the Balitmore Oriole...

sooey

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 11:36AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Nothing here either sooey - I put the hummingbird feeder right out where I could see it from my computer.

This morning I saw this (sorry about the out of focus photo), but no little hovering, humming, shooting star type bird.

:

If you see more than one, could you point out Plymouth across the Bay?

Claire

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 4:54PM
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flwrs4ever

I have been anxiously waiting for a little hummer to come and eat from my feeders...nothing here either.

WHen do the orioles come ?? I have my first feeder out for them too ??

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 6:01PM
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sooey(7MA)

Hi Kids,

Still nothing today in Brewster. But, tomorrow is another day.

flwrs4ever...I just heard tonight that the Orioles are on the Cape but, I have not seen or heard them as yet. I guess I better get my oranges out tomorrow.

Claire...as soon as I see the Hummers I'll sent them your way. I guess I better print up some maps...'X' markes the spot! That little Goldfinch looks happy in the warm sun.

sooey

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 7:30PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

The hummers are in Canada for heavens sake! Why aren't they here?

Claire

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 8:47PM
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sooey(7MA)

This is getting serious... No Hummers in Brewster this weekend...

Claire...there is a White-throated Sparrow outside my window as I type. I haven't seen one in just about 6 weeks. Such a cutie...

sooey

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 9:07AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

sooey: no hummers here either. I also am still seeing White-throated Sparrows occasionally.

Are you still seeing Myrtle Warblers (old name for Yellow-rumped Warblers) at your suet? I now only see one at a time, very rarely. I don't know if they're scared away by the blackbird hordes, or if there's just a lot of insects around for them to eat (I think insects trump suet).

Claire

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 11:16AM
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sooey(7MA)

HI Claire,

Yes, I am still seeing the YRW but like you, only one at a time. The male now looks like a very different bird...completly into his courting plumage. The Pine Warbler is still at the suet every day. The male Goldfinch are now bright, bright yellow while the female has not changed much at all. I have not seen any Bluebirds in about two weeks and I can't tell if any birds have settled into any of the three bird houses I put out this year. I think all the birds are off doing what they do best in locations that may not be in our own backyards. How frustrating...don't they know they owe us?

sooey

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 12:21PM
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mrtulin

The chickadees are nesting again in child-made bird house on the arbor. We had sparrows there for a few years, but the chickadees have prevailed, even tho the sparrows were trying to squat there this season! Is a half acre house lot big enough to sustain bluebirds, with a 5 acre open field across the street? I know I could put up blue bird boxes there, and I might, but I'd enjoy them more in my back yard. (selfish soul that I am)

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sooey(7MA)

OK...what gives here...they are all over the place but not in our area! I don't get it...

idabean...buebirds love to be on the edge of an open area. They would love that field across from you. Put a box up in your yard and in the field, see what happens. Lots of cavity nesters would be happy with your offering. I hope you are rewarded for your efforts.

sooey

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 11:34AM
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mrtulin

another project....we're waiting for the bees to arrive to re-establish our bee hive. Even though my colony died this winter, we got 10 pounds of honey from the frames. "In Memoriam"

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sooey(7MA)

What's wrong with this picture?

BINGO! No Hummingbirds! What's up?

idabean...I sure hope your get some new bees this season. We need them!

sooey

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 2:26PM
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flwrs4ever

my feeders are still lonely too...and I have oranges and jelly out for the orioles, and NOTHING...sigh

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Maybe they need directions?

Claire

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 1:27PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

or if they can't read .....

Claire

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 2:16PM
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flwrs4ever

Claire, thanks for the laugh !!!

BTW, did it work ?? If so I am gonna do it too...

LMBO !!!

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sooey(7MA)

Good going, claire! Let us know if your signs work. You might have to add blinking lights...red lights. I have watched and watchd and watched for their return but have come up empty! harumph... I'm also cold and starting to feel sorry for myself. I think I'll go to the dump and kick bricks...

sooey
at least the Herring are running...

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 3:43PM
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silvergirl426_gw

It's so freezing, I don't blame the little darlins for being so scarce. But they've been spotted so far north of us conncticutters (or whatever). I even put out my second feeder since I didn't want the first to feel so deserted. Enough already -- where are they? And you can't blame this on NYC traffic.
lucia

    Bookmark   May 2, 2008 at 6:09PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Ah, traffic! Maybe that's the answer - not NYC street traffic, but hummingbird air traffic!

Perhaps the hummingbird air traffic controllers are on strike, demanding an increase in nectar breaks, and the migrating hummingbirds are mostly refusing to cross the picket lines. The reported sightings could be of a few scabs who crossed the lines anyway.

There's rumors that negotiations are proceeding and the strike may be over soon.....

Claire

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 10:42AM
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sooey(7MA)

I gotta get me one of them signs...

sooey
Brewster Local 1011

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playintheyard(zn6 MA)

Hi everyone,
I had a hummingbird at the back slider feeder on thur. afternoon!! and again today late afternoon!!!

Spring is realy here!!

Hope they stop by youur places soon

Nice signs lol!!!!!

Annette oops in Norwell

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 8:37PM
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flwrs4ever

Claire...ROFLMBO !! I wonder what your neighbors think of those signs...LOl

So, is the strike over yet ?? I still have nothing going on in my yard...although this week is to warm up so I HOPE they will come !!

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Annette: Norwell!! Norwell!! That's just up the road a bit - the bird must have missed my exit.

flwrs4ever: The strike doesn't seem to have gone to the round-the-clock-negotiation stage yet, so probably a few more days.

I'm going to take a cue from sooey and go look for herrings running. Got to be some down by the inlet to Great Herring Pond.

Claire

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 1:12PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

No herring either (whine) - according to a local fisherman the tide was wrong, but I did flush a large hawk-like bird (maybe an osprey) which was also looking for herring. My camera was in the car of course.

On the way home I got stopped at the local guineafowl crossing zone, and for once I was ready with a camera. There were two of them - the first was waiting at the side of the road, and when it was clear I'd stopped, they crossed single file.

There's a flock of about a dozen at a near-by gentleman farmer's place and they often cross the road for whatever reason. Not a hummingbird, I'll grant you, but I was desperate.

Claire (staring out the window at the empty hummingbird feeder)

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 5:13PM
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mrtulin

buncha crazy ladies out there! Careful or they'll take away your passports

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 8:31PM
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flwrs4ever

I have been getting all kinds of birds this year to the yard BUT not a single hummer. I was told you will see them for a few days then they nest and have babies ...then they will be all over again...MAYBE they are nesting ?? :(

I think I will be going to the local nursery to get some already blooming annuals to plant and see if it helps.
If not maybe Ill raffle off my feeders...grin

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 9:48PM
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sooey(7MA)

TA-DAAAA!

THEY MADE IT ! THE STRIKE IS OVER!!!

An hour ago, I walked out onto the deck for some sun and air. I saw this little cutie up in a tree. I ran back into the house, pulled up my chair and sat, camera in hand, still as a stone, until he finally came down for a drink! Well worth the arm cramps! I also saw a Baltimore Oriole today...the first of the season! We are well on our way...AT LAST!

Claire...If I have them I'll bet you have them also! Just in case...I made a map, all ready to put up, showing the way from Brewster to Plymouth...X marks the spot...just say the word and I'll put it up...

sooey
who will now relax...until someone here mentions something else she needs to obsess about...

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 2:37PM
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sooey(7MA)

Claire...those Guiney fowl are funny looking birds! I can't say that I have ever seen one face to face. I hear they are loud and agressive when after food. Lucky you!

sooey

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

sooey: Congratulations! Nice photos of a very late bird. I haven't seen a hummer yet, but an oriole suddenly appeared late this afternoon - first on a suet feeder and then on the hummingbird feeder. He couldn't figure out how to sip the nectar.

The Guineafowl can be very noisy. I drove out this morning to go look for herring again (high tide is tricky on the Canal). A Verizon truck was parked near the bird cross-over (there's an electrical service box there) and I stopped to ask the guy a question about internet service. The birds were hanging around and squawking loudly, probably annoyed at both of us for daring to park in their right-of-way. The Verizon guy was amused - apparently they often squawk when he's working there.

Maybe the hummer(s) will come tomorrow (I did find some herring, but it looks like the tail end of the run).

Claire

    Bookmark   May 5, 2008 at 8:45PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Still no hummers (unless they're wearing oriole cloaks), but the feeder is getting traffic.

How does this thing work anyway?

Are you laughing at me?

Ma! I was here first!

It's not sweet, but at least there's some water in the center

Claire (getting distracted while waiting for the real thing to fly by)

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 4:51PM
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sooey(7MA)

Oh My Goodness...Claire...you had a FLOCK of B'more Orioles! Soooo beautiful and GREAT pictures! Very clear and great color. I've been gone all day...drove up to Ikea for a fresh load of 'I can't live without it, crap', so I have not been watching the birds at all. I need to get more oranges...the one I put out a few days ago is looking a little sad...I don't think I would eat it...so I need some fresh.

But I've been thinking...now we have made it this far into spring I want it to slow down. Lets stay right were we are for a while. Who should we tell?

What Herring Run do you go to?

sooey

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 5:57PM
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evonnestoryteller(5-6)

I saw my first one this evening in the garden!

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Congratulations to you too, evonnestoryteller!

sooey: I like Ikea too, I have lots of their kitchen stuff - racks, hooks, etc.

This is my first year with the orioles, so I wasn't ready with a feeder/oranges. I'll get something tomorrow.

The closest herring run goes from the Cape Cod Canal to Great Herring Pond on the border of Bourne and Plymouth. There's a nice little park in Bournedale where you can see the fish ladders near the pond, and you can also go to the inlet/outfall at the Canal. It's across from the Herring Run Motel on route 6. I was at the Canal yesterday morning talking to a local about herring, and he mentioned that he had a summer house in Brewster which had a wonderful herring run.

This is my first year with herring. For some reason the annual herring run hadn't registered with me as a spring event.

Claire

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 8:36PM
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sooey(7MA)

I am a Herring counter for the APCC...Association to Preserve Cape Cod. We count them at Stony Brook here in Brewster. That has to be the spot that local was referring to yesterday. It's a beautiful spot with a working mill. We get out corn meal there every year for our Thanksgiving Indian Pudding.

The back side of the Mill...from a distance

Part of the run that the Herring face as they make their way up the brook to the mill pond

The Gulls waiting and boy, it stinks!

I have always wanted to stop at the Herring Run Motel during one of my trips off Cape to take a look around. The Herring swim up the Canal and take a right or a left up into the inlet/outfall? No map? No directions? They just find it? Amazing. Nothing short of amazing. The Herring are a bid deal around here. They carry Spring in on their backs.

sooey

    Bookmark   May 6, 2008 at 9:25PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Two hummers this morning! Fighting over the territory already.

This one really looked frazzled; it must have been a hard trip, and then to have to fight on top of it.

A look around to check out the property,

And then on to breakfast. None of this hovering around, it just wanted to sit and eat.

Your Brewster Herring Run really does look nice. I sometimes get stone-ground cornmeal at the Dexter Mill in Sandwich.

The herring must smell/taste the fresh water. A fisherman told me they gather in the Canal outside the outfall and wait for high tide to come in. I wondered about the direction of the flow since the strong Canal current changes east to west to east to west, but he said it didn't matter. That implies they can come from the north or south.

I didn't go to the Herring Run Motel, just a question of logistics. The inlet/outfall is reached from the visitor's area at the Canal. The other end can be seen by taking the Bournedale Road exit, left and left to the Carter Beal Conservation Area on Bournedale Road.

Next year I'll be sure to watch out for the herring run early.

Claire

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sooey(7MA)

Hi Claire...Great shots of those Hummers! At last they have arrived...whew! It looks like you have some tired but happy Hummers.

I counted Herring this morning. I saw 8 during my 10 minute count time. The sun was bright, water was clear and the gulls were happy. We have found that Herring like to run when the water temps reach 13C. Last year we recorded the largest number of Herring making the final run into the Mill Pond between May 11th & 18th. Interesting little tid-bit...when the adult Herring return to the sea, they do so tail first...facing upstream. They allow themselves to be swept backwards with the current. In 2003 the herring run in Bournedale River in Buzzards Bay numbered approximately 200,000 herring. The herring in that run are/were counted using an electronic counting tube...a camera. I find it all very interesting.

I need to get out and walk around the yard today. If the Hummers are here, I should find a lot of new growth, buds and hope for color to come...or not. I've seen some hanging baskets of impatients on houses already. It seems a little early to see such color. Nice, but early. Our nights are still cold. Soon it will be time to get my house plants outside...the start of summer camp.

sooey

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

sooey: I didn't know that adult herring return tail-first downstream to the sea. In fact, I didn't know that any fish did that. It fits though with the image I had yesterday of herring swimming up the down escalator to get to the freshwater pond. That's hard work!

Funny you should mention house plants - today I decided to put out the hardiest of my house forest. The epiphyllums, the "Christmas" cacti, and the clivia were the pioneers to go out on the deck. I've got them shaded to acclimatize to the increased light outside. These guys can handle temperatures down into the upper 30's, and I can drag them back in again if there's a frost warning.

The rest of the plants will go out in stages, probably starting around May 15. The most tropical types will probably wait until June.

I'm getting lots of new growth in the yard, and I'm seeing more and more insects. I read somewhere that nectar isn't the primary food for hummingbirds - actually the sugar serves to fuel an incredibly efficient bug-eating machine. They suggested leaving out a banana peel to attract bugs for the fueled-up, sugar-high, hummer to eat. How many more ways can I overfeed my birds?

Claire

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 8:55PM
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sooey(7MA)

Yes, my Epippi are always the first to hang in the fresh air. I need to put up two new hangers for them this year in a more protected area...less sun but, I can't find the brackets I bought last year...same old story... I also put out my Christmas cacti, ivy, crown of thorns and a few others. This year I might put out one of my 'way to many' corn plants/trees...if I can find a spot that is shady enough. We are having a patio and outdoor shower put in at the back of the house this month so I really need to wait to find new locations for everything.

Banana peel to attract bugs for the Hummers. I'll work on that tomorrow.

sooey

    Bookmark   May 7, 2008 at 9:19PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

I just started a new thread for birds, etc. Birds and other mobile features in the garden, but I thought these two photos belonged here.

Oh, give me a home....where the guineafowl roam...... (this is not my yard)

Claire

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 1:45PM
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sooey(7MA)

Oh My Goodness...what a sight to see. In Plymouth, no less!

In CT, we had a 'farmer' through the woods from us who kept Peacocks and Peahens. How strange it was to hear their somewhat mournful cry in the evening. So out of place in the CT woods but also a comfort...hearing them reminded me of going to the Toledo Zoo in OH as a child.

Guineafowl are strange looking birds. Nice grey and white plumage but don't the have a turkey/buzzard type of featherless neck and head? Very different.

Thanks for opening another thread. This one is getting way long.

sooey

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 2:53PM
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