50 degrees and flying

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Louise Chambers
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Temp reached 50 degrees this afternoon, so the martins decided to come out and look around. Winds dropped way down, which probably helped a lot. Still heavy clouds. The martins ignored the giant mealworms and crickets and went foraging on their own. Mockingbirds and woodpeckers enjoyed the goodies, though.

I am sure enjoying the frequent feeder trips by the female rufous hummingbird today.
Steve Martin
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Man, I was stuck in Corpus for 12 months and never say the %$#@ Rufous humming bird. I even went by the Audubon House (near Blucher Park) once a week to see the bird. I even brought my own nectar when it was empty.
AnnieM
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Location: Spring Branch/Canyon Lake ~ Mystic Shores, Comal County, TX
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 28 - 17 pair
2017 - Full house for first time. 24 gourds all occupied. :-)

We had male & female Rufus here at our feeders in January and February on their way south. Departed about 2 weeks ago probably headed your way, Louise! We only see them late winter and again late spring on their way thru.
Currently enjoying :???: a rather exciting t-storm and rain downpour. The icy roads will appear early a.m. when temps drop. One more day of this...will Wednesday ever get here with sun, southerly winds and PMs??
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2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 29/17 pair
2017 - Full house first time-24 gourds all occupied :)
Louise Chambers
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Annie, we sometimes have a rufous during all migration (sept), but this is first time we've had a winter guest - she's been here 2-3 months now. There was a male here too for a shorter time - we really enjoy the hummingbirds, fall migration is one of our favorite times of year.

Steve, during nesting season we only have two species here, black-chinned and buff-bellied - the nest across from Blucher Park is a black-chinned. Come in September and we have a lot more! There is a hummingbird festival in Rockport every year, lots of fun.
DornCounty
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they say hummingbird wintering territory & migration has been dramatically altered by invasive vines and human supplies food.
2017 - Home & Public Colonies - 300 Cavities
Louise Chambers
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No invasive vines here! I am big on native plants - other things don't survive the climate here very well. We don't usually have a winter hummer here, this is first time to host rufous - they are feisty birds. They range more widely than any other species here in winter months, makes sense since they breed in NW, up into Alaska - they are better adapted to cold weather than other species.

We rarely freeze here. Native plants blooming now, all planted for the hummingbirds, include coral honeysuckle, salvia, mexican flame vine, cigar plant, and aloes are almost ready to bloom.
AnnieM
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Location: Spring Branch/Canyon Lake ~ Mystic Shores, Comal County, TX
Martin Colony History: 2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 28 - 17 pair
2017 - Full house for first time. 24 gourds all occupied. :-)

Louise, same out here in the Texas Hill Country. Only reliable plants are natives and we have them all. They provide reliable food and shelter for all the wildlife. We enjoy the hummies from March thru early February. Rare storms with easterly winds have brought us sightings of birds more commonly found along the TX east coast flyways. We enjoy them all!
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2012 - 4 pair
2013 - 11 pair
2014 - 12 pair
2015 - 14 pair
2016 - Arrival Feb 29/17 pair
2017 - Full house first time-24 gourds all occupied :)
Matt@atx
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Location: Buda, TX, south of Austin

Hi Louise,


Thanks for your post. it went to 47-48 degrees today and not 59-60 as projected( I think because it stayed overcast).
This may make it apprx. day 4 of coldness. Do you think martins can find food in 48 degrees in our area? I know they will try but wondering if this is a fruitless attempt for them.

Glad its going to warm up some starting tomorrow and through the week end.
2008~(1st yr) 4 pairs, 11 to 12 fledged
2009~(2nd yr) 9 pairs, 41 fledged
2010~(3rd year) 11 pairs. 50 fledged
2011~(4th year) 20 pairs, 23 out of 23 gourds Martin occupied, 3 fledged, the rest died in the drought. (1 new Blue Bird, 3 BB fledged.)
2012~ 26 pairs, approx. 100-110 fledged
Emil Pampell-Tx
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Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

I think that all of our martins survived the cold weather. They came in real late tonight and went straight into the gourds, there was no socializing. I think that we have between 60 and 90 martins. It got up to about 60 deg today, even saw the sun for a couple minutes, so I think the sun will shine all day tomorrow...great for martins.
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Ladybug
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Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:09 pm
Location: Indiana/ Jamestown
Martin Colony History: 2005-2019. Lots lookers, 2 successful nesting's.
2010- 1 pair nested,eggs destroyed(Wren).
2012- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2019- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged.

We would love to see some photographs of those Beautiful Hummingbirds .
Thanks to you all.
Joanne
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