An Interesting trend
Our first session on the 13th had us work with 18 hummingbirds of two species. Our traditional mountaintop species is the Rufous Hummingbird - one of the most wide-spread hummingbirds and the one with the longest migration as they head to Mexico each year and back to BC and Alaska to breed.
The Anna's Hummingbird is the other species we see and it has been increasing it's range every year as it adapts to human influenced environments. The Anna's Hummingbird has become non-migratory and instead feeds on human planted food and on feeders to survive the winter in our region.
This session marked the first time where Anna's Hummingbirds have outnumbered the Rufous with 13 Anna's banded and only 5 Rufous (the photo here is of the gorgeous Male Rufous we banded yesterday). This will be an interesting trend to monitor to see if the numbers of Anna's keep increasing each year. Stay tuned for updates as our summer monitoring program progresses!