Calling all birders ..help!

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Gary N W
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Re: Darwin's theory of natural selection at work--Hi Jada
In reply to Silent Oracle, Apr 8, 2012

My own experience in this area had to do with friend's and folks I worked with mostly around the West Haven, CT area and Stamford. Often they would find dead and stone cold dead hummers from feeding them from feeders in their backyard.

I am sure everyone has an opinion or some other point of view.....All I can say is that I saw this happen in person several times @ least.

Thanks for your input but these hummers must migrate to live a decent life and often in the area I mentioned where they have not.

Kind regards, Gary N W SFO

Silent Oracle wrote:

Actually, birds - including the hummers get only a small percentage of their food from man-produced feeders. I'd have to check my birding notes from the Audubon meeting some years back (it's always 'some years back' isn't it?) but I'm remember about 25%.

WAIT! Just found it online and golly gee, I correctly remembered:

http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/tp/birdfeedingmyths.htm

Gary if you're reading this, it would be very rare for a bird to stay or to become dependent upon any type of feeder. I've studied birds for decades and while I'm certainly not an expert, I do know quite a lot in this area but of course, I remain open minded and ready to learn.

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Re: Darwin's theory of natural selection at work--Hi buckshot
In reply to buckshot, Apr 8, 2012

Glad to hear all is working out well with your Brother feeding the hummers. I know what is saw in West Haven and Stamford, CT. as I mentioned to Jada.

Thanks a lot for your input.

Kind regards, Gary N W SFO

buckshot wrote:
Gary

Sometimes if the hummingbirds keep getting fed by feeders they will stay in the area and not continue on with their migration. Depending on where this is they will freeze and die.

They will soon be out of the pool

My brother feeds every year till they all leave ...

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Re: buckshot
In reply to Silent Oracle, Apr 9, 2012

lol just another good excuse to kill a praying mantis. I do the same thing to spiders who try to capture butterflies
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Re: robberfly and dragonflies also prey on hummingbirds
In reply to sttweston, Apr 9, 2012

Bull frogs and bird spiders also eat birds, and some much larger than hummingbirds.

And then there is the Golden Eagle, that can take down a grown deer.
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Re: Bee Colony Collapse
In reply to Billx08, Apr 9, 2012

I was just reading on science digest about bee colony collapse being caused by pesticides. For some reason this thread made me think of looking that up lol.
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