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Still have to keep the feeder going...
Posted by: DP
Date: September 28, 2019 09:25AM


Yes, I know-horrible image but I had to shoot fast and get proof. Shot thru two panes of glass with max digital zoom on cell phone.

I'm sure she's migrating thru but has been here a couple of days. The hummers love the blue salvia and the canna's as well as being able to perch and rest on the feeder. Tomorrow I'll mix one last batch for the feeder...





Summer scene...

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Re: Still have to keep the feeder going...
Posted by: PeterW
Date: September 28, 2019 09:46AM
When it’s time for them to migrate, they will, regardless of food availability. Don’t worry about feeding them too long.

In the last two weeks, we have had at least eight dozen come through here in west Alabama on their way to Dauphin Island off the gulf coast. From there, they make the flight to Central America in one jump. Really amazing little birds.
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Re: Still have to keep the feeder going...
Posted by: DP
Date: September 28, 2019 05:18PM
I'm in the Detroit metro area so they've been leaving for a while now. I thought they were gone now as I hadn't seen any in a couple of weeks. Then, surprise! This one shows up!

Last year I recall seeing the last one in early October...





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Re: Still have to keep the feeder going...
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 28, 2019 05:28PM
This late in the hummer season, and more likely into late fall/early winter, you might pick up a rufous hummingbird.

PA centric article, but good info: [ebird.org]
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Re: Still have to keep the feeder going...
Posted by: LyleH
Date: September 28, 2019 09:14PM
We have 2 species that over-winter here in Portland, OR. I have a light bulb (with an aluminum cone to direct the heat) hanging underneath one of our feeders that keeps the solution warm when it gets freezing cold overnight. They also just sit on the feeder to keep warm. I bring in the 2 other feeders when it freezes overnight. Only have about 3 birds that hang around our feeders at wintertime. LyleH
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Re: Still have to keep the feeder going...
Posted by: DP
Date: September 29, 2019 06:47AM
Lyle-you might want to bring in the feeders even before it gets to freezing as, if the first thing they eat is only marginally above freezing, it'll drop their body temp even more. If the solution is room temp when they first feed, they'll warm up much more quickly.





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