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  1. I went back and looked at the Fall Migration topic from last year and it looks like we had Juncos showing up during the 3rd week of October down here in the South. That would be next week so something tells me that the birds are potentially going to be a little later this year than last year. We will see. We finally got out of the 90s. Hummingbirds are still around some so I think we are are week or two behind compared to last year. What do you think at your place?
  2. I would not think that a Cooper's Hawk would affect your squirrel population at all. I have red-shouldered hawks that eat squirrels and chipmunks for a living and I have way too many of them. I would give them all to you if I could. Cooper's will eat a chipmunk but they target birds almost exclusively for their diet. There may be a chance that your Jays are weary of the hawk because they tend to be very intelligent but I do not think a Cooper's would displace an entire group of Jays. More than likely it is a seasonal change or transition and when colder weather gets back you should see them coming back to your food. Most of my activity stopped about a month ago so I stopped putting out as much food until we get through this end of summer transition. I've been keeping suet and water out for my residents and I plan to put out more seed when we starting getting cooler weather. That's my take on your situation. It is very similar to what I have seen in my back yard.
  3. Thanks for starting the Fall Migration topic. My feeders have been almost dormant for a month with only a few of my resident tit mice, chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, house finches and crows stopping by for suet or water. Cold air is predicted to come in on Sunday night bringing some cooler temps and rain showers for the Southeast. It hasn't rained at my house in 3 weeks. The high today is supposed to be 96 degrees which will be a new record so we are all excited about getting this dry high pressure system out of here! Look for the rose-breasted grosbeaks this month headed back to South America. They go back much faster than during the Spring migration so you do not see many but I have seen them before headed back down. The indigo buntings are headed back down this month too. I will be getting ready for some of the juncos and other northern birds that head down here for the winter. Right now, I would just like to see Fall! 😓
  4. The only way that I know to make a good forum like the old days is for those of us that still visit here once a week to be dedicated to talking about things that are interesting and asking questions to generate discussion. Other than that, I don't know what else can be done. We have to build this forum up and hope that the site does not crash anymore. I think we will have a lot more discussion once we start our Fall Migration topic up. Its still a little early but as soon as we start seeing movement, one of us should start the conversation. It's been pretty slow around my back yard. At least the temperature is supposed to drop below 90 tomorrow! Hope we are through with the 90s!!!!
  5. There hasn't been much to talk about on the forum this summer so I'm hoping the Fall will bring in new interests and conversations like it usually does when the migration starts. I've been seeing some different hummingbirds at my feeder so I guess some of them are starting to move south. The temperature is still very high and we haven't had a lot of rain in my area. Our red-shouldered hawks fledged 2 babies back in July and they left the property. The bluebirds only did 2 broods this year. It has just been a ho hum summer so maybe some excitement is just around the corner? Be sure and post any migration observations that you have. We may want to start a Fall Migration subject in October.
  6. Usually egg laying is over by August. The latest I have seen new eggs in a nest was the first week of August and that happened only one time and I think it might have even been a mistake by the bluebird pair. Ironically, the eggs hatched and the chicks fledged the nest. This happened about 5 years ago at my parent's house in North Alabama. If they start in March with the first brood, you can sometimes get 3 broods in one year. The one I'm talking about at my parents house was actually 4 broods that year. That is the only time that I have seen or heard of 4 successful broods in one season.
  7. I went from zero hummingbirds in May and June to having probably 4 or 5 now that we are starting August. I am pretty sure that my problem was that my sugar water was not kept fresh enough. It is really important to change it out at least once a week. When it is really hot maybe even once every 5 days. Most of you may have already known this but I wanted to pass it along just in case.
  8. My bluebird pair gave up just after 2 broods. I'm not sure why they gave up and didn't try a 3rd brood unless it was the heat or the fact that something got into my box, past the baffle, and took my two fledglings from the second brood. When this happens, the pair will sometimes not try any more broods in a box where a predator has been successful. I'm hoping that it is just the heat because if it is a predator problem, I'm not sure how I will fix the issue for next year. What I might do is put up another box with a predator baffle on the property that offers a little more shade. Nothing else left to do this summer except try to stay cool and get ready for Fall Migration which will start in September. Maybe I will catch a rose-breasted grosbeak on the way back through headed back to Central America. I did see one two years ago during the fall migration. My hummingbird issue is better. I at least have 3 or 4 hummers now compared to none during June.
  9. I think my bluebird pair maybe done for the year. The box has been empty since June 25 with no signs of activity. I'm wondering now if something else happened to my last two babies other than them fledging? It seemed like it was an early fledge but there was no sign of foul play in or around the box.
  10. Something is definitely going on this year. https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/questions/17337762-hummingbirds-have-disappeared
  11. I cleaned out the bluebird box so let's see if she builds another nest. I have not seen her, the babies or the male in the last few days.
  12. I have been talking to many different people that feed hummingbirds each year and every one of them have indicated that the number of hummingbirds is down significantly this year. That is very interesting to me. I heard somewhere that there was a theory that pesticide use (mosquito spraying in towns) is higher than normal and that this might be having an effect on the butterfly population, overall insect population and possibly even hummingbird population. There may be nothing at all to this idea but still makes me wonder what is different because my hummingbird numbers are the lowest that I have seen since I have been putting out feeders. I will do some research on the internet and see if I can see any theories on population variability. Seems like we had a lot of hummers last year?
  13. Well... 2 more bluebird babies have fledged now! That is 7 babies so far this year. I will wash out the box this afternoon and see if she starts building another nest in the box. The babies must have flown out Saturday morning because she was feeding them on Friday.
  14. Good Topic for conversation - I only have one feeder out because I was getting raided this spring by squirrels. Between the hawks and my BB gun, I have been able to keep squirrels off the one feeder. I'm going through 2-3 lbs of sunflower seeds per day as well as a suet cake about every 3 days. Almost all of my birds are resident birds this time of year and they are of the same variety that you listed. I was getting some blue Jays on my suet cakes for a while but I have not noticed them as much lately. My bluebird mother is using the suet cake for her meals while she is feeding insects to the 2 chicks in the bluebird box. The number of hummingbirds at my house this summer has been way down for some reason. Hot weather has not set in yet so it will be interesting to see if there are any changes as we move into the intense heat of the summer.
  15. The two chicks that hatched are growing fast. They have doubled in size since June 5. Never saw a trace of the two eggs the female removed last week.
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