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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 16, 2014 8:15 AM CST
I have fed hummingbirds for decades and know that we get "scouts" several weeks if not months before the "herd" of them arrive in May/June. What exactly do these early hummers do?
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 16, 2014 8:32 AM CST
Lanny Chambers (The Hummingbird Expert) says there isn't any such thing as hummingbird "scouts". Those are just hummingbirds that simply migrate earlier than others. That's why it's good to have our feeders out early. Some will most likely show up early.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Apr 16, 2014 8:45 AM CST
OK, got it. I have just always heard the term "scouts" used for these early ones. I wonder why a few migrate so early and then there seems to be weeks/a couple of months before the rest arrive. That really makes no sense to me, but hey, lots of things make no sense to me! Sticking tongue out I at least can now blame it on old age. *Blush*
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 16, 2014 8:51 AM CST
Same here. I've always heard that term -- so no need to be embarrassed. I think some migrate further south than the others and so their trip north takes them longer to get back here and they arrive later. I don't know why that is either. The males tend to migrate first (or so I've been told) and so start back north sooner and tend to arrive earlier. I have noticed that I see male ruby-throats here before I see the females. Perhaps that's just a coincidence.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Apr 16, 2014 10:00 AM CST
The only one I have seen, and it has now stayed for two days (assuming it is the same one ?) is a female. Migrating further or less south makes good sense. I never considered the distance traveled. Thanks.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Apr 16, 2014 10:06 AM CST
You're welcome. I have an article on ATP about hummers. I'm not an expert but I do like to study about them.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/SongofJoy/167/The-Hummingbirds-...
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Apr 19, 2014 9:06 PM CST
Here in Fountain I have found that the hummers come and then disappear for awhile. It has been my understanding that when they are gone they are nesting and hatching young. Right or wrong I don't know, but that's what someone told me Shrug!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Apr 20, 2014 8:29 AM CST
Shrug! Confused
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