As of early November, one lonely hummingbird was reported still hanging around a sugar-water feeder at a residence in New Braunfels. It was identified as a Calliope hummer, the smallest bird in the United States and about the size of a ping pong ball. This is also the smallest long-distance migrant in the world and normally travels about 5,000 miles each year in a big oval, from its breeding area back to its wintering grounds in Central America.
Don’t look now, but bird migration is well underway. We are located on the central flyway and birds are passing overhead in increasing numbers, headed south to warmer weather. Hawks, falcons, kites, shorebirds, hummingbirds, orioles and warblers – all take note when temperatures fall and head south. It’s quite amazing how young birds, such as sanderlings, only recently born in Arctic areas of Canada, know exactly what path to take to wind up in warm climates for the winter.
It seems a little early to me, but it appears my hummingbirds have departed for points south. I’ll leave my sugar-water feeders up a few more days, but I’m afraid these little flying jewels are long gone. I hope you are having better luck and that some of you will even have hummers over the winter. If you act quickly, you may get a chance to receive some of Jerry’s chili pequins. Be careful though – they have an unexpectedly spicy bite.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".