In love, in life and in our careers we sometimes settle for less than we deserve.
This is perhaps due to the fact that many of us have looked at the dating market, and based on what we've seen, the person we're currently seeing is "good enough" compared to the ...
Human observers have always been amazed by cyclic patterns in their surroundings--phases of the moon, the four seasons, the ebb and flow of the tides--but perhaps none has piqued the imagination as much as the unfailing arrival of birds in spring and their equally predictable departure each fall. I've been studying ruby-throats--the only breeding hummingbird in the eastern U. In those ten years, I've captured in nets or pull-string traps a total of 1,190 hummers and have placed on their legs aluminum bands supplied by the U. in late summer or early fall, but I do know that none of my hummers over winter around York.
This evidence that "our" hummingbirds go south for the winter is largely circumstantial, but it's also very convincing; no one has ever actually reported a banded Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Central America, but we assume that's where they go.
However, no one knows where the wintering populations in the tropics actually spent their previous breeding season; likewise, we don't know if Pennsylvania populations of ruby-throats might go to a different wintering site than their conspecifics from Tennessee or Michigan.
It's not surprising that of all the ruby-throats that have been banded through the years by North American banders, very few were ever recovered.
When any bird dies, it is probably consumed quickly by natural scavengers; because of its small size, a fallen hummingbird particularly might be overlooked by human observers.
One Ruby-throated Hummingbird I banded at York in 1987 was found dead by Ron Williams at Clover SC, the following spring.
As we live our lives, most of the people we engage in our everyday lives are the same.