Humming Hummingbirds, None This Year

Humming Hummingbirds, None This Year

Aug 9, 2011
I guess I wasn’t the only one looking for them. Couple of weeks ago THE AURORAN, Week of July 26, 2011 published in the section Letters to the Editor, a letter from David Tomlinson ‘Had hummingbirds drop in on you lately?‘. This week David is asking for help again in his another letter to the editor, ‘Reader still looking for hummingbirds‘.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris, Female, May 27-2010

The Aurora Wildlife and Naturalization Working Group over the last six years have been undertaking a survey of Aurora’s breeding bird population, as stated in THE AURORAN. The survey also includes hummingbirds, but seems like this year the Group is having issue finding them.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris, Female, May 27-2010

Well I have the same issue. For the past five years hummingbirds have been visiting my garden. Our backyard and the neighbors backyards are filled with the trees and bushes that attract hummingbirds. I don’t have hummingbird feeder and I don’t know who does in the neighborhood. I have Red Horse Chestnut, Aseculus x carnea ‘Briotti’ as you can see on the photos. This is where she came. Yes, only she. Never seen two or more.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris, Female, May 27-2010

This year I got a new camera and I was very eager to get more photos of them. The photos here are from last year’s unexpected photo shoot. They were coming everyday for the time of the blooming flowers, and May 27th was the best ‘light’ day for capturing these photos. Often, I spotted them sitting on the tree next to the Red Horse Chestnut tree. I hate to state, but this year the hummingbird photo shoot did not take place. Everyday at different times of the day I was looking for them. None.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris, Female, May 27-2010

But wait this does not mean I have not seen them this year. In the early spring I spotted them in the Hamilton Park, a trail behind the soccer field along the hydro lines leading towards the St. Andrew’s golf course. That day I did not have my camera with me, but I have memories. I truly enjoyed the view of them hovering around the bush.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris, Female, May 27-2010

I have been birding in Aurora since 2006, mainly taking photographs. In the past 5 years I have seen bird species shift from location to location. Every year I would come back to the same place and find something else instead. This may be due to the residential development or even the climate change.

I also noticed that in the Arboretum, a path which can be accessed from the Industrial Parkway/St. John’s sideroad, is always filled with Eastern Kingbirds, but this year definitely more of them. I had an opportunity to see few sitting on the wire fence, and not just one as per previous years. Not to mention flying over my head many times back and forth. The reason I mention the kingbirds here in the post, is that they have almost the same hovering ability as the hummingbirds. They often hover above the tall grass in the Arboretum.

And now, I shall do my part and call David Tomlinson about my observations.

About the Author

Anna Lozyk Romeo

I am living in Aurora and this is my photo journal blog. A picture says 1000 words - but not always, so I write. You don't have to travel 1000 miles to find a treasure - all I have to do is zoom through my lens and I will find it for you here in Aurora.


  1. Spectacular hummingbird photo’s, wow.
    I’m just in Stouffville, and we have the usual supply. I do hang sugar feeders, though, and have plenty of yummy flowers in the yard.

  2. How can I contact David Tomlinson? I see hummingbirds regularly in my backyard in Aurora…in fact I just saw one last evening. Thanks

  3. Kate I emailed you.
    Anna :)

  4. I also read the letters in the papers. Two weeks after that I saw a hummingbird in my front yard. Then again the next day. Unfortunately I did not have the papers by then, so I couldn’t call. Can you help me out with the contact number, please. Thank you.

  5. Replied to you by email.
    Thank you for commenting.
    Anna :)