Posts tagged: rufous hummingbirds

Waiting for Hummingbirds

By , April 17, 2017

Late spring always brings a sense of anticipation to the homestead. We’re eagerly awaiting the herring run and the accompanying humpback whales, orcas, and  Dolly Varden char. We anticipate fresh garden and wild greens, and warmer weather. With all of this, one wouldn’t think that the arrival of hummingbirds tops our list. Yet, it does.

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A Good South Wind

By , March 26, 2016

We hadn’t given much thought yet to the arrival of hummingbirds for the summer (see Hummingbird Homecoming) until we heard local naturalist, Pam Randles, talking about bird migration on the local radio station. She said that, according to the most up-to-date tracking, the rufous hummingbirds are amassing near Canada’s Vancouver Island, readying for the trip north.

They are waiting, she said, for a good south wind to ride up the coast of Alaska. When they get one, they’ll arrive in about three days.

The feeders are ready for when guests arrive (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

The feeders are ready for when guests arrive (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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