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Old 12-14-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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Hummingbirds in winter on the East Coast? The answer, amazingly, is YES!
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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A friend of mine that lives in South Carolina has kept tabs on rufus hummers in winter at a feeder in her garden. Of course she has long been a wildlife gardener, she has had the wintering hummingbirds identified and banded after reporting the sitings several years in a row.
Is it climate change or hummingbirds adapting to human feeding habits?
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Gloria,
I don't have that answer, but maybe someone else here would know. It could possibly be a combination of the two.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:23 PM   #4
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Here are a few website with winter hummingbird information:

Trochilids: Hummingbird Research, Range Maps, and Rarity Records

Operation RubyThroat Winter & Vagrant Hummingbirds

The Hummingbirds of Winter - National Wildlife Federation
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:14 PM   #5
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I was always under the assumption that the only species of hummingbird east of the Mississippi was the ruby throated. It is so surprising to learn that many western species show up and actually spend the winter in the east!

I am so curious now--what would make a western species come all the way to the east coast for the winter?? Do any of you see other species of hummingbirds in your yards? At what time of year does this happen?
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