This morning I woke up to -21 C. I don't know if I've ever experienced temperatures this cold this time of year. I am fully expecting later than normal arrival times for migrating birds as 16 inches of snow still sit on my lawn. We are 15 degrees Celsius below average(that's a whopping 30 F).
While I've always seen hummingbirds appear in my garden within a 7 day period throughout the years, some other regions like eastern Canada have a broader range to go by. I fully anticipate later than normal sightings in Eastern Canada and most regions of N.E. United States. With temperatures colder than normal across most of North America, this will ultimately affect all migrating species of hummingbirds. What effect it'll have on populations is yet to be seen, but as usual, it all gets sorted in the end.
Vines of Bluebird Clematis wove in and out of all the lilac colored blossoms, and hopping from one bloom to another made it difficult to capture the perfect moment. I've mentioned in a past post to anticipate their movement and focus on a flower in the direction they're heading, and that's just what I did. I pointed and focused, and within seconds he appeared right in frame. I snapped out a burst and managed a couple decent pictures in amongst the vines.
Juvenile Male Ruby-throat hummingbird. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. August 2017