Exactly, Terry. The issue is that the birds are in the prime habitat (such as
at your campsite) but they are not as prevalent in the sub-prime habitat or
traditional backyard habitat…
Thanks for trying… :-)
On Jun 17, 2017, at 11:32 AM, Terry P. Mingle
We have a TON of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at camp (Forest Lake Campground, in
Truxton<https://forestlakecampground.com/>). Not so many in Cortland (where we
Also I've seen almost all the usual suspects in Cortland this year (sans the
At camp, plenty of assorted swallows (Tree and Barn) Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,
Scarlet Tanagers, and assorted warblers, along with our resident Barred Owl,
Oh, and insects, too. (Which I guess, is good AND bad…. could sure do without
the flies and mosquitoes!)
Hoping to re-energize the "party"…. :-D
On Jun 17, 2017 , at 11:20 AM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes"
Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used to
have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful
species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with
sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They were
these super tiny birds, about the size of a very large bee, and used to hover
from flower to flower feeding on nectar, and would glean insects from spider
webs from under the eaves of our house.
I’m obviously being facetious, but I’m greatly concerned that we are now
beginning to visibly see the effects of the greatest environmental catastrophe
since the fifth mass extinction – and this one being entirely caused by human
activity. Are we seeing the death of the canaries in the coal mine? Is this
finally becoming more visible and working it’s way up the food chain? I haven’t
seen a single fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbird or heard any chittery
territorial calls from them this season.
Past few summers, insect numbers have been WAY down. Remember those longer road
trips across country, or just after a road trip for a few hours? My windshield
would get smattered solid with insect splatter – not so much any more.
I’m concerned that we are all becoming complacent with these changes, and
accepting them as the “new norm”. This isn’t normal, this is a huge red flag,
and something should be done about it – the question is: what?
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