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BOB'S BLOG: Hummingbirds take off for another year

By Bob Wood
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September 21, 2014 - 0 comments

Fall bird migration is moving along in the Long Point/Port Rowan area.

Your blogger has yet to make it out to the Old Cut Banding station this season.  Maybe this weekend.

We were away for a few days in early September and when we got back on Sept. 9, the orioles had departed.

We continue, though, to enjoy the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds who may appreciate the extra room they’ve gained at the oriole feeder.

Anyway, a couple were still here yesterday and son Graham saw one at lunch today.  The few who remain are juveniles.  While it is fairly easy to tell males and female adults apart (males have red throats and dark notched tails), you can’t do that with young ones.  

Judging by comments on twitter these guys/girls will be heading south soon. 

This morning, a Bed and Breakfast guest from British Columbia asked how much longer they would be here.  My wife and I gave different answers, quite different answers, in fact.  I realized we really didn’t know.  Time for some research.

I recalled something I’d seen on twitter (@onhummingbird) recently and went looking for some information.  

Digging a little deeper, I rediscovered a fascinating website that includes all you need to know about hummingbirds in these parts.  The Ontario Hummingbird Project website includes migration maps, feeding tips and more.  The Project is coordinated by Cindy Cartwright. She has a permit to band hummingbirds in Ontario.  By twitter this morning, Ms. Cartwright told me she had still has one “very shy” visitor at her southwestern Ontario feeder.  She may try to band it this weekend. 

I’ve replenished my feeders and taken out a membership in the Ontario Hummingbird Project. 

I’ll have answers the next time a B & B guest asks. 

Bob Wood is a housing and poverty advocate and former two-term Burlington City Councillor who has built a bed-and-breakfast with his wife on Lake Erie. He is on Twitter at @timberwood24.




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