Texas hummingbird migration 2021

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G Saner
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Joined: Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:37 pm
Location: TX/Kerrville
Martin Colony History: Fort Worth, TX (1967-1976), The Colony, TX (1981-1985), Carrollton, TX (1986-2013), Kerrville, TX (2015-present).

Two SuperGourd poles (12 gourds on each) at River Point Assisted Living Center.

I started seeing a ruby-throat about a week ago but usually just one at a time. Yesterday, I started seeing 3-4 at the feeders and even more this morning. It looks like the migration is picking up. In a good year, we have hummers hovering behind the feeders waiting for a port.

Out resident black-chinned considers the feeder "his". He chases off every hummer. That is why we nicknamed him "Attilla the Humm". With the recent arrivals and adding a second feeder, he is going crazy.
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Don Troha
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Location: Texas/Houston

Mini peak here in Ft Bend County following an early morning storm yesterday with about 15-20 Ruby-throats chasing around. This has slacked off a bit today with clear skies and northeast winds, good migrating weather. One or two recent Rufous appearances were brief with the mob of Ruby-throats quickly chasing them away.
2021 - 16 pair, 50 fledged
2020 - 16 pair, 70 fledged
2019 - 14 pair, 61 fledged
2018 - 15 pair, 63 fledged
2017 - 11 pair, 46 fledged
2016 - 5 pair, 22 fledged
2015 - 3 pair, 13 fledged
2014 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2013 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2012 - 2 pair, 8 fledged
2011 - 1 pair, 2 fledged
C.C.Martins
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Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
2022-?
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
2022: ?
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Good topic!! love this time of year because of the hummingbirds. We don't have many yet. 3 or 4 maybe. Last year we had a rufous stick around nov - march, even during the freeze he would come every day. Tough little guy.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
G Saner
Posts: 163
Joined: Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:37 pm
Location: TX/Kerrville
Martin Colony History: Fort Worth, TX (1967-1976), The Colony, TX (1981-1985), Carrollton, TX (1986-2013), Kerrville, TX (2015-present).

Two SuperGourd poles (12 gourds on each) at River Point Assisted Living Center.

Unfortunately, this is turning out to be a poor year for hummingbirds at least at our house. I haven't seen nearly the numbers I hoped for. This happened one other year about 3-4 years ago. It's not over but we are a little disappointed. In the 8 years we have been here, we had two great years and now two poor.

It would be interesting to know what conditions determine their numbers.
G Saner
C.C.Martins
Posts: 1324
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
2022-?
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
2022: ?
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Same here, some young ruby throats and a black chined that I think has moved on.
Iv four feeders up, maybe 5 hummingbirds now. Thats it. J. Barrow and Louise have a buff bellied at their place, I happened to be by; that was one noisy hummingbird, lots of fussing at me. lots of rain here locally so flowers are still blooming, may explain lower visitors. Id have expected more due to the LA hurricane.
I think a weak front will blow through next week, may push the birds your way? Hope so. seems like we get more visitors during spring migration.
Tom
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
G Saner
Posts: 163
Joined: Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:37 pm
Location: TX/Kerrville
Martin Colony History: Fort Worth, TX (1967-1976), The Colony, TX (1981-1985), Carrollton, TX (1986-2013), Kerrville, TX (2015-present).

Two SuperGourd poles (12 gourds on each) at River Point Assisted Living Center.

Yes, I see more hummingbirds on my plants than at the feeders. Amazing how they can work over an entire salvia greggii and remember which flowers they have already visited. I did see two monarch butterflies today.
G Saner
G Saner
Posts: 163
Joined: Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:37 pm
Location: TX/Kerrville
Martin Colony History: Fort Worth, TX (1967-1976), The Colony, TX (1981-1985), Carrollton, TX (1986-2013), Kerrville, TX (2015-present).

Two SuperGourd poles (12 gourds on each) at River Point Assisted Living Center.

Starting to see a hummingbird or two on the plants and the feeder. The prior two weeks were almost totally devoid of hummers. Still this migration has been a down year. I really enjoy those years where dozens visit the feeders at the same time.
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C.C.Martins
Posts: 1324
Joined: Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:15 am
Location: Corpus Christi Tx
Martin Colony History: 2016- Visitors.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged
2018- 18 pair. 85 fledged
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020- 25 pair. 111 fledged
2021- 28 pair. 118 fledged
2022-?
Home colony: mix natural, super and excluder gourds, enlarged compartment house. All SREH.
Satellite colony: Oso Bay Preserve: 12 PMCA excluder gourds, 6 room trio mini castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: 3 pair, 11 fledged
2021: 10 pair, 30 fledged
2022: ?
PMCA member

Outstanding, thats good. Taking their time, lots of things still blooming. No fronts to give them that push. Glad they started to show for you and your helping them on their way.
We have two that claimed feeders still, they fuss when I go in the back. two weeks ago had 8 or 9 but they moved on.
If they come this way hope they stop through here.
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
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