Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Monarchs and Hummingbirds-question

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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Jul 15, 2013 4:50 PM CST
I've noticed fewer hummingbirds in my garden this summer-the numbers seemed normal during the spring migration. Has anyone else noted this? I've been reading quite a bit lately about how the drought over the past few years is affecting the natural habitats of the Monarchs and other insects, I'm wondering if the same thing is affecting birds at all. What do you all think?
Deb
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chelle
Jul 15, 2013 7:21 PM CST
I've noticed the same thing, Deb, and I've had the same thoughts about seasons following drought years. From what I've read, many large butterfly populations abound in marshy areas; if those areas are dried up for a couple of successive seasons it can't help but lower numbers.

We still seem to have plenty of hummingbirds here, but there's so many good blooms for them this year that they're not coming to the deck feeders very often.
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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Jul 16, 2013 3:45 AM CST
Good point-I have a ton of Salvias and other nectar plants in my garden so maybe that's why I'm not seeing the nectar go down.
Deb

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