It is officially the second half of August (where has the summer gone?), and throughout North America, hummingbird numbers should be at their peak. “Should be,” because at least where I live (in southeastern Ohio), they were late to return, late to breed, and late for the first brood to fledge—at least, that is my own anecdotal report. It’s also possible that they returned near the normal time but the abundance of blooms and natural nectar sources kept them well fed away from my feeders and garden. Are the numbers down from previous years? At my feeders, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Since early August, my nectar feeders have been as busy as they typically are in late August, even though I didn’t see my first hummingbird until early June (rather than late April).
Late August is the right time for a quiz on hummingbirds. How much do you know?
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