Saying Goodbye to Our Summer Friends
One thing birders often do is keep track of the dates during which species of birds are actually here in New Brunswick. This gives us early and late dates for each species and also information about what the species is doing, its arrival and departure, its geographical locations, its movements from place to place for food, nesting, etc.
Two species I watch carefully are the Eastern Phoebe and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. They feed and nest around our place and are easy to monitor. I consider them my friends and am always sorry when they leave. I wish them well as they wing to warmer climes each fall.
It can be a problem for flycatchers if they return too early in the spring. If the weather is unusually warm, sometimes they will appear early. That is fine if some insects have hatched providing food. If, however, the weather turns bad and there are no insects about, it can be difficult for our phoebes.
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird Female|
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird Male|