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I seem to remember reading somewhere that hummingbird parents like to 
feed very young birds a high-protein diet... I think it helps the 
development of the young. Therefore, sometimes the adults will more or 
less abandon feeders and flowers in pursuit of spiders and insects, and 
then return to feeders more frequently later in the season. That could 
be what happened. I'd imagine this could also occur several different 
times in the season based on nesting cycles, accounting for low numbers 
at feeders sometimes. Others might be able to elaborate (or correct) on 
this.

Phil Wire
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St. Louis Co.



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Phil Wire
Truman State University
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/racingtheantelope/my_photos

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