[va-bird] Fwd: Re: [HUMNET-L] Winter Hummingbirds

  • From: canyon.eagle@xxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 08:15:48 -0400


Oops, I spoke too soon.  This one from Nancy Newfield is important, see her=
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=
>>and southeast are there because something about their "wiring" is telling=
>>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.
>  Nancy L Newfield
>  Casa Colibr=ED
>  Metairie, Louisiana USA
>  <colibri@xxxxxxxxxx>

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