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ROCKLAND, Idaho-- It's a slow spring for hummingbirds at Carl Rudeen's ranch in Rockland.

The Rudeen family began feeding hummingbirds at their home near Pocatello more than 25 years ago, and since 2003 they've let a group of bird lovers on the ranch once a year to catch and count the tiny birds.

Carl Rudeen told the Idaho State Journal that this year's count was hovering around 150 to 200 birds. That compares to the 500 counted and banded at the ranch last year.

The cold weather is likely playing a role. Rudeen says some of the hummingbirds were chunkier than normal, showing that they were stopping to build up a good supply of body fat before migrating further north.

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