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« on: September 30, 2013, 05:13:58 PM »

I saw a Hummingbird at the feeder at 4:35 pm today.  I live in Northwest Chatham.  Anyone else still seeing them?
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 04:41:22 PM »

I've been seeing one lonely female.  Food supply going down very slowly, so most are gone.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013, 09:34:05 PM »

I take my feeders down mid Sept. Have some flowering things this time of year they like if still hanging around, but haven't noticed any this week.
Safe travels little friends! LURV the little guys!
Hopefully their habitat on the other end hasn't been destroyed... Cry
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2013, 10:48:34 PM »

Ah geez.  Do you never stop?
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 07:10:37 AM »

I have taken down my feeders but the giant butterfly bush still has them feeding there. One or two.
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2013, 09:36:23 AM »

Ah geez.  Do you never stop?

Do you Roll Eyes?

Recently read article about struggles hummers were having during migration thru' areas out west that were devastated by fires. Good news humans anted up with more feeders to help them out...
I'll not delve into manmade impact elsewhere, you being a denier, it would be waste of energy.

Yep, Mary, LOTS of plants they love and also need in our areas, where young born/raised Smiley Always miss the little guys and look forward to their return!
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013, 09:53:18 AM »

Oh?  "Denier" now?  Yeah, I'm a real heretic.  And you're a mind-numbed robot.
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2013, 10:09:27 AM »

I keep mine up until about Nov.  I don't know whether they're just stragglers passing through, or they just too old to make the journey, but it's not that much trouble to keep a little bit out.
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2013, 06:06:26 PM »

I keep mine up until about Nov.  I don't know whether they're just stragglers passing through, or they just too old to make the journey, but it's not that much trouble to keep a little bit out.

In some articles I've read, some have managed to become year round residents (or almost) during milder winters perhaps? Maybe the 'elderly' ones that as you said don't feel they can make the return journey and choose to finish out their old days under our care!? Seems I read their average life span is like 4 yrs. Amazing creatures that travel so far!
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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2013, 09:59:02 AM »

I have been feeding the hummingbirds for 23 years. I still have a few, but am sure they are stragglers, on their way south. It is a good idea to keep your feeders up through Nov., as I had one all day last year in mid Nov. Also add extra sugar to the water, they need the extra energy for migration. I use at least 1/3 c. of sugar to 1c. of water. You do not have to take your feeders down to get them to go. They already know, what they need most this time of year is clean strong sugar water. Love them birds!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2013, 08:48:34 AM »

Live and learn.... I thought by early Sep. they were gone. I will extend it next year. Smiley
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