[NAFEX] Hummingbirds - pollinate apple, hawthorn, serviceberry, cherry, plum?
chandos49 at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 31 20:27:56 EST 2010
Hummers prefer blossoms with some throat and nectar: honeysuckle is a prime example. When I lived in Salinas, CA (just inland from Monterey Bay) our cotoneaster shrubs supported honeysuckle and the Anna's hummingbirds (big, by N. American standards) were constant feeders.
Black-chinned and Caliope hummers generally get here (Spokane) before my apples bloom. I've never seen 'em visit the blossoms. I have seen orchard (mason) bees, honey bees, three kinds of bumble bees and hover flies busy at bloom time in the apples and the cherry.
Keep an eye out: I've seen more than one bird where it wasn't expected.
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Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:43:10 -0500
Subject: [NAFEX] Hummingbirds - pollinate apple, hawthorn, serviceberry, cherry, plum?
Do hummingbirds, typically, pollinate these Rosaceae pomes:
Apple, hawthorn, serviceberry/Juneberry, cherry, and/or plum (non-ornamental Prunus spp.)?
I've seen very few photos of this; I wonder if they try to extract nectar but then just end up moving on? I figured this would be the best place to find out - since many here have orchards with plenty of these in it and would therefore know.
USDA zone 6b/7a
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