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Old 05-31-2019, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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In Western NC, many people are reporting lesser numbers of hummingbirds in the area this year. We have only one species the Ruby-throated, in our area, with an occasional Rufous.

Any ideas on what might have happened? Have you ever seen a decline in numbers?
Weather an issue during migration from the south?
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:30 AM
 
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I'm in Central Texas, and in the last month I've seen exactly 2 hummingbirds - compared to hundreds in past years - that I should have seen by this time.

We've had a really wet spring, lots and lots of wildflowers, so I'm just hoping the birds are getting fed naturally and aren't having to use my feeder.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:26 AM
 
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No change in California. People have commented on the lower numbers at feeders, but that's clearly because we also had a very wet winter/spring and there are plenty of flowers everywhere. I have an Anna's nesting in a camellia up against my house. Her first two chicks fledged and in no time, she was sitting on more eggs. Those babies should be up and out in another week or so.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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No change in California. People have commented on the lower numbers at feeders, but that's clearly because we also had a very wet winter/spring and there are plenty of flowers everywhere. I have an Anna's nesting in a camellia up against my house. Her first two chicks fledged and in no time, she was sitting on more eggs. Those babies should be up and out in another week or so.

Lucky you....yes we had a great deal of rain too this spring.

Maybe they'll gradually show up again here.
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Old 06-01-2019, 06:28 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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you know I plant tons of flowers every year and they used to come up to my ice plants every year and now ive seen two . In years past here I have seen tons . so sad really .,
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Old 06-01-2019, 06:55 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I haven't seen a hummingbird here in SW Florida in years although I've only seen one twice in my whole life. I put up a hummingbird feeder last spring/summer but some people told me if I wanted to see hummers I need to put the feeder up in winter although we really don't have a winter down here.
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Were there any storms in their migration path this yr? Don't recall which hurricane or yr but one time a big hurricane came up thru the Gulf of Mexico during migration and there's no telling how many hummers were killed but our population diminished greatly for a few yrs after that.
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Old 06-01-2019, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I'm trying to remember any storms....the only thing I can think of is a weather related problem during migration.
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:24 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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In VT, feeder is up and I see one M and one F, used to have flocks of them fighting over it a few years ago. There may be more but I only ever see one at a time on the feeder. No dogfights.
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:31 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Here in New Hampshire, seeing more hummingbirds this year than last year, plenty of dogfights.

NH always gets a mix of Ruby-throated & Rufous.
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