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Old Monday 29th August 2011, 02:53   #1
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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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Old Monday 29th August 2011, 20:53   #2
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I have not heard that (I am no expert though) but find this fascinating - thanks for sharing!
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