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|Monday 29th August 2011, 02:53||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Massachusetts, US
Hummingbirds playing in tropical storm force winds?
I had commented about this here but I thought I'd ask some hummingbird experts.
Hurricane Irene passed by today. Being on eastern Massachusetts the impact was tropical storm force winds only. They say 45-55 MPH with 65 MPH gusts.
I didn't see any of the regular birds about until late afternoon. But the hummingbirds were out all day and actually appeared to be playing in the wind.
I have never seen them out so much as I have today. Sighting frequency was easily 10x the norm. They were out almost every time I went out.
They were at the feeder by the garage but not just that. I frequently saw them other places and a pair was frequently flying this way and that, twisting around each other in the wind.
I can imagine that a hummingbird would be better able to instantly adjust for a changing gust but, do they have a reputation for actually appearing to like a good blow?
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