[CT Birds] RT hummingbird behavior

Rubega, Margaret margaret.rubega at uconn.edu
Wed Jun 14 11:36:08 EDT 2017


Hi Scott, the behavior you saw IS normal for hummingbirds, though not often observed directly. Everyone knows that hummingbirds eat nectar from flowers, but fewer people know that hummingbirds also HAVE to eat bugs. There's no protein in nectar, and not enough of the right amino acids for them to make protein from nectar, and they have to get protein somewhere to build muscle and bone and feathers. If you keep them in captivity and don't feed them either bugs, or a liquid protein supplement, they die. So they catch all kinds of stuff in midair, and take spiders (and probably rob the spiders of caught insects) from webs. We've done some work in my lab on how they catch insects in midair (short version: they bend their face into a spring-loaded catcher's mitt ) but not much yet on how they handle spiders. I'm envious you got to watch!



Margaret Rubega
CT State Ornithologist
Curator, Ornithology Collections
Dept Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
margaret.rubega at uconn.edu
860-486-4502


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Today's Topics:

   1. Cockenoe Island Highlights (Tina and Peter Green)
   2. Topsmead meadowlark (Darcy Thurrott)
   3. RT Hummer behavior in Hamden (Scott Philbrick)
   4. Wanted: gently used binoculars for the Amazon
      (sffaulkner at comcast.net)
   5. Bstn Hlw/Yale Forest, Ashford/Union, 6-13-17; Still YB
      cuckoo,  RB Nuthatch (Mntncougar at aol.com)
   6. Re: Wanted: gently used binoculars for the Amazon
      (greg ninigret.net)
   7. Westport RNGrebe (Tina and Peter Green)
   8. Re: [Cy dT Birds] Wanted: gently used binoculars for the
      Amazonn (pgcianfaglione)
   9. Westport Piping Plover (Tina and Peter Green)


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Message: 1
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:19:11 +0000
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen at hotmail.com>
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Cc: Alicia Mozian <amozian at westportct.gov>, "eamendola at audubon.org"
        <eamendola at audubon.org>,        "kristina_vagos at fws.gov"
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Subject: [CT Birds] Cockenoe Island Highlights
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Westport- Cockenoe Island- 2 Roseate Terns for the third day in a row, 12 Least Terns, and 2 Piping Plovers.
One Plover was just north of campsite #1 and the other was heard west of campsite # 3.
The Roseate Terns were with the Common Terns and the Least Terns were on the north side of the same area and defending their territory from the Common Terns.

Tina Green
with AJ Hand
Westport
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Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:52:44 -0400
From: Darcy Thurrott <darcythurrott at gmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Topsmead meadowlark
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Darcy Thurrott on Sat June 10 at 12:30 walking in south meadows thought I
heard a meadowlark. First in probably 15 yrs!


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Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:49:13 -0400
From: Scott Philbrick <philbrick.scott at gmail.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] RT Hummer behavior in Hamden
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I had the pleasure to see a RT Hummer in the woods on RWA property north of Sleeping Giant park. The RT flew up and lined up with a large spider web an began plucking presumably insects from the web! It moved to an adjacent web then flited away... I've never seen this behavior before. Is this normal for hummers?
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Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 02:30:33 +0000 (UTC)
From: sffaulkner at comcast.net
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Subject: [CT Birds] Wanted: gently used binoculars for the Amazon
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Hi Fellow Birders,

I am the very lucky recipient of a Fund for Teachers grant that will take me on a birding/teacher development trip this summer to the Amazon in Peru with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Cornell is sponsoring a program called "The Amazon Binocular Project" which donates gently used binoculars to natives in the Amazon as part of an international support for conservation. I'm sure you all know how critical the Amazon rainforest habitat is. This is one way to work to protect it and its coplex ecosystem, including the birds. By providing native residents with binoculars we extend the knowledge and appreciation of this amazing natural resource.

If you have an old but "good" pair of binoculars that you can donate -- tax-deductible -- please go this site, print out the donation form, and follow the directions. If this is too much bother for you, just email me and I'll come get them and do it for you. And many thanks!

I look forward to sharing my experiences and learning when I get back.

Sarah Faulkner, Collinsville


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Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:32:00 -0400
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Cc: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Bstn Hlw/Yale Forest, Ashford/Union, 6-13-17;
        Still YB cuckoo,  RB Nuthatch
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At least one YB Cuckoo still in the area and calling, and a RB  Nuthatch at
the same location. Recorded Nuthatch and heard the Cuckoo. The
Red-shouldered Hawk has 3 very large nestlings, the oldest now losing its down  and
developing dark feathers. And a Kingfisher around again in  Union.

Boston Hollow/Yale Forest, Windham, Connecticut, US
Jun 13, 2017 7:00 AM  - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
57 species (+1 other  taxa)

Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture   3
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed  Hawk  1
Buteo sp.  1
Mourning Dove  15
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher   1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   6
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Least  Flycatcher  8
Eastern Phoebe  12
Great Crested Flycatcher   2
Blue-headed Vireo  7
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo   10
Blue Jay  12
Tree Swallow  4
Black-capped Chickadee   8
Tufted Titmouse  8
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted  Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  1
Veery   15
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird   12
Cedar Waxwing  8
Ovenbird  15
Louisiana Waterthrush   4
Northern Waterthrush  7
Blue-winged Warbler   2
Black-and-white Warbler  12
Common Yellowthroat   12
Blackburnian Warbler  7
Yellow Warbler  6
Chestnut-sided  Warbler  7
Pine Warbler  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler   4
Black-throated Green Warbler  12
Canada Warbler  7
Chipping  Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  10
Scarlet  Tanager  8
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak   1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed  Cowbird  15
Baltimore Oriole  7
Purple Finch  2
American  Goldfinch  6

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37580838


Don Morgan
Coventry,  Ct

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Message: 6
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:04:35 -0400 (EDT)
From: "greg ninigret.net" <greg at ninigret.net>
To: sffaulkner at comcast.net, HASnotes <HASnotes at googlegroups.com>,
        Sarah Faulkner via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Wanted: gently used binoculars for the Amazon
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Hi Sarah,


Thanks for sharing, i have a few nice pairs to send out.  Here is the link to the site http://www.amazonworkshops.com/amazon-binocular-project.html. http://www.amazonworkshops.com/amazon-binocular-project.html
Amazon Binocular Project - Amazon Rainforest Workshops<http://www.amazonworkshops.com/amazon-binocular-project.html>
www.amazonworkshops.com
Nov. 15, 2016: Remembering Lucio Pando We are so sad to announce the loss of our dear friend Lucio Pando - pictured above on a field trip with Amazon students.

Amazon Binocular Project - Amazon Rainforest Workshops<http://www.amazonworkshops.com/amazon-binocular-project.html>
www.amazonworkshops.com
Nov. 15, 2016: Remembering Lucio Pando We are so sad to announce the loss of our dear friend Lucio Pando - pictured above on a field trip with Amazon students.



>
>     On June 13, 2017 at 10:30 PM Sarah Faulkner via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>
>     Hi Fellow Birders,
>
>     I am the very lucky recipient of a Fund for Teachers grant that will take me on a birding/teacher development trip this summer to the Amazon in Peru with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
>
>     Cornell is sponsoring a program called "The Amazon Binocular Project" which donates gently used binoculars to natives in the Amazon as part of an international support for conservation. I'm sure you all know how critical the Amazon rainforest habitat is. This is one way to work to protect it and its coplex ecosystem, including the birds. By providing native residents with binoculars we extend the knowledge and appreciation of this amazing natural resource.
>
>     If you have an old but "good" pair of binoculars that you can donate -- tax-deductible -- please go this site, print out the donation form, and follow the directions. If this is too much bother for you, just email me and I'll come get them and do it for you. And many thanks!
>
>     I look forward to sharing my experiences and learning when I get back.
>
>     Sarah Faulkner, Collinsville
>
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Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:59:07 +0000
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen at hotmail.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Westport RNGrebe
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Westport- Compo Beach- Red-necked Grebe continues just past Seymour's Rock

Tina Green
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Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:18:02 -0400
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To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] [Cy dT Birds] Wanted: gently used binoculars
        for the Amazonn
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%pffid
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Message: 9
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:26:23 +0000
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen at hotmail.com>
To: ct birds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport Piping Plover
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Westport- Compo Beach- Piping Plover foraging near the water's edge on the west facing beach near the cannons. 1 Semipalmated Plover as well.

Tina Green
Westport
Sent from my iPhone


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