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Humming-bird…a poem.

As I sit and watch the hummingbird at my feeder I'm reminded of this poem by D.H. Lawrence... Humming-bird I can imagine, in some otherworld Primeval-dumb, far back In that most awful stillness, that gasped and hummed, Humming-birds raced down the avenues. Before anything had a soul, While life was a heave of matter, half inanimate, This little bit chirped off in brilliance And went whizzing through the slow, vast, succulent stems. I believe there were no flowers then, In the world where humming-birds flashed ahead of creation I believe he pierced the slow vegetable veins with his long beak. Probably he was big As mosses, and little lizards, they say, were once big. Probably he was a jabbing, terrifying monster. We look at him through the wrong end of the telescope of time, Luckily for us. ~D. H. Lawrence

The 2021 hummingbird migration banding season has begun…

The 2021 migration banding hummingbird season has begun!  With more than 28 host locations days on the calendar and 7 different Hummingbird Festivals in Tennessee and Mississippi we're sure to encounter a good many and interesting birds and meet lots of folks who love hummingbirds! Check this blog post as the summer progresses as we'll post any interesting or noteable banded birds we encounter along the way. Public festivals are listed on our webpage.  Those listings will be updated if anything changes or activities are added.  We hope you'll consider supporting one or more of them. In the meantime enjoy your hummingbirds.  Remember to keep those feeders clean and the nectar fresh...NO red dye and a 4:1 water to sugar ratio should keep all healthy and vibrant. Till next time...

Help us help hummingbirds by spreading the words…”NO RED NECTAR”

Our new t-shirt design was a huge success last year and we've had a few requests for shirts since the campaign ended in 2020. So we decided to hold a 2 week only event this spring once again offering shirts, both unisex and woman's, to serve as conversation starters, a walking and talking billboard to spread the word that NO RED DYE should be used to make hummingbird nectar. Please join me in educating the public and supporting our ongoing research by purchasing a t-shirt. All proceeds will be used for continued hummingbird research and education. Southeastern Avian Research is a 501(c)3 non-profit research organization. We were established in 2014 to promote the conservation and preservation of hummingbirds and other neotropical migrants through study, research, education and banding. We invite you to check out our ongoing work at Thank you for your support through this fundraiser. Copy and paste the link below into your browser and make your selections.  Two week after the campaign ends you'll recieve your t-shirt in the mail.  You can start wearing it and spreading the word.   THANK YOU!

So you’ve found a baby bird on the ground….

Spring has sprung and soon those eggs you've noticed in your birdhouses, bushes or trees will begin to hatch.  And notoriously it's also the time baby birds are found on the ground and my phone starts ringing with frantic calls of 'what to do'... Here's a great reference tool put out by our friends at Massachusetts Audubon.  And if you need to find a rehabber here's a link to the 53 dedicated individuals in Tennessee.  Just click on the gray tab and the list will appear by County.

Ruby-throats are returning from their wintering grounds! A few things to remember while you wait for yours to show up…

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are making their spring by day more and more are being seen and reported.  It's an exciting time for everyone!  We wait all winter for their return and like sand through an hour they come, slow but sure. In preparation for their arrival here are a few reminders: First, get those feeders out, dust them off, rinse them good and partially fill them with 1 part white table sugar to 4 parts water.  Boil if you won't drink your tap water or if you prefer to but MOST IMPORTANTLY - NO RED DYE. Hang one or two where you can view them.  Keep the nectar fresh and feeders clean while you wait.  Make note on a calendar when you see your first one...that way you'll know for next year. Male Ruby-throats will be the first to migrate in...they're NOT SCOUTS they're just the first migrants to find your feeders.  I'm not sure where the idea of a 'scout' originated, but I've never seen so many folks call these first hummers scouts in all the years I've been doing this.  By definition a 'scout is someone or thing that comes ahead, finds what they're looking for and returns to report what they've found to others.  Hummingbirds DO NOT do that nor do they report to any other hummingbird.  They are solo, selfish creatures who would like nothing more than to have that feeder all to itself.  Recall what you witnessed last fall...the fights, the jockeying for feeders.  That is the true nature of a hummingbird.  Some folks have told me they 'know all this' and only use the word 'scout' in reference to the 'first ones to show up'.  Okay, I get that...but to others the word 'scout' means just what the definition says it is...and that's spreading misinformation.  Will it harm the hummers?  No.  But why not use proper terms and each opportunity to teach someone who aren't familiar with hummingbird behavior the right ones? Also remember that the numbers you saw at your feeders late last summer and early fall are NOT the numbers you'll see this spring.  It [...]

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