VAbirders, Oops, I spoke too soon. This one from Nancy Newfield is important, see her= =20 comments below, please excuse another note on this thread....... Lori=20 Markoff, Vienna, VA >Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 05:43:13 -0500 >Reply-To: BB for Hummingbirds and Gardening for them in the=20 >Southeast <HUMNET-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> >Sender: BB for Hummingbirds and Gardening for them in the=20 >Southeast <HUMNET-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> >From: Nancy L Newfield <colibri@xxxxxxxxxx> >Subject: Re: [HUMNET-L] [va-bird] Winter Hummingbirds >To: HUMNET-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > >Lori, Humnuts, > >At 05:35 PM 9/23/2002 -0400, Lori Markoff wrote: > >>I'm sorry, but I respectfully take issue with the following post. It is >>not true that leaving up your hum feeders will cause hummers to >>stay. Hummers migrate south as they are programmed to do, whether you=20 >>havea feeder up or not. The western hummers that over-winter in the east= =20 >>and southeast are there because something about their "wiring" is telling= =20 >>them not to migrate to Mexico and points further south.<snip> From Nancy: >This annual discussion is getting off to an early start this >year. Usually, it doesn't come up until November! I don't necessarily >agree with everything that others have posted on this issue, but one >important aspect has not yet been addressed. > >The folks who initiated this discussion need to be disabused of the notion >that the Rufous Hummingbird [or any other western species] that appears at >any feeder in the east is on the same footing as the Ruby-throated >Hummingbird that was present all summer. An important concept here has >been overlooked. > >The Ruby-throated that is using a feeder [or garden] anywhere in the east >is relatively close to its point of origin. The Rufous [or other western >species] that arrives in the same location will have ALREADY migrated >thousands of miles to reach the same destination. These western birds are >NOT birds that have failed to migrate, but rather they are individuals that >have already expended an enormous amount of energy in reaching the eastern >locale. In this regard, their internal mechanisms may be telling them that >their migration is finished. > >NLN > >*************************** > Nancy L Newfield > Casa Colibr=ED > Metairie, Louisiana USA > <colibri@xxxxxxxxxx> >*************************** You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.