Migrating hummingbirds are still passing through Ijams. Currently, we have ten feeders up and routinely see the 3-gram pixies pausing for a drink, a full month after The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival held at the nature center in late August.
Well over 1,000 people attended this year's festival and many were lucky to see Mark Armstrong, Curator of Birds at the Knoxville Zoo, put tiny numbered leg bands on captured hummers. Time will tell if they return next year after two flights across the Gulf of Mexico and their winter stay in Central America in countries like Costa Rica and Belize. Truthfully, I'm not sure I would.
This year's festival featured several guest speakers including passenger pigeon author Joel Greenberg.
Plus, we caught 34 hummers and one was already banded. It had been trapped, banded and released at last year's festival.
Here are some photos of highlights.
- Stephen Lyn Bales. Photos by Karen Wilkinson and Marion Plemons.
For more of Karen's photos click: 2014 Hummer Fest