Riverlogue

This blog originates on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, in Louisiana. It proposes to share the things that happen on and by the river as the seasons progress. As the river changes from quiet, warm, slow flow to rises of eighteen feet or more, there are changes in the lives of the birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles that use the river. And the mood of the river changes with the seasons. I propose to note and comment on these things.

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Location: Butte La Rose, Louisiana, United States

I transitioned a few years ago from a career as a water-pollution control biologist. I want to do this blog to stay in touch with a world outside my everyday surroundings, whatever they may be. I like open-minded company and the discussion of ideas. Photo by Brad Moon.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hummer Bulletin



The young female rufous hummer is still here, and the picture taken of her yesterday shows she is maturing into an adult. The orange spot in the center of her throat is supposed to indicate that, so the books say. Remember to click on the picture for an expanded view. She has been around all winter season but may leave soon for Oregon/Washington country – where she may breed for the first time. It will be interesting to see if she comes back next year, as the buff-bellied has for the last three years. It is still here, by the way, but is very wary and hard to photograph. This is kind of odd as some of my friends say this species is very easy-going around humans. Well, not this human.

The other picture is the first arrival (yesterday) of this year’s group of ruby-throated hummers. It is a full adult male, as the picture shows, and it looks unbanded. Anticipating more arrivals soon, I put out three 8-ounce feeders this morning. Last year we hosted at least 400 ruby-throats in late spring/early summer. When all these get here we have to shift to the really big feeders. Dave Patton has come out almost every year to band some of the ruby-throats and I hope he has time to do it again, several people have asked to be included this year in this interesting operation. We’ll see.

Same river news as yesterday. Starting to see some water in the Ohio and upper Mississippi. Need a good bunch of water, getting hungry for some crawfish.

Rise and Shine, Jim

3 Comments:

Blogger Brigette said...

I know what you mean about the crawfish. My husband and I have the "envie" for just that! And your pictures are awesome, too. My father has yet to visit (my folks have been fighting colds) but when they do, I'll make sure to show him your postings regarding the trot line -- he would love to read about that!

More later...
+Brigette

March 13, 2006 1:52 PM  
Blogger jim said...

Great. Thanks for the comment Brigette! Jim

March 13, 2006 2:26 PM  
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