Amazing! Hummingbirds Feeding in Virginia after Irene

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  1. Luvs2Squirt

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    #1 Luvs2Squirt, Sep 6, 2011
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    That's an infestation ! (but cute maybe even accute ?)
     
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    On Cape Cod the little critters (and other winged species) must have known something was brewing as they flocked to the feeders in droves and at unusual times to feed before the arrival of Irene. Nature's internal warning system we seem to lack...

    Thanks luvs2Squirt!
     
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    I didn't see one male with all those hummers...odd.
     
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    I think there are one or two adult males in the beginning of the clip, but fuzzy and hard to see.

    The first year male and female birds look similar. If a breeding male and female had 2 clutches of 3 young hummers this season, by fall you'd have 7 birds that looked like females to every one adult male with a full red gorget.
    The young males develop their gorget on the wintering grounds. The adult males are also the first to begin migration, so it's pretty common to not see many late in the season.
     
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    A charm of hummingbirds!
     
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    Thanks fluoro - very informative and logical.

    TurkeyWithaSunburn - great source for collective nouns but I don't see my favorite - a filth of starlings!
     
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