Hi All, I noticed yesterday that my 8-9 hummers are now down to 3,that I can count.Today,I have only seen the 3.Anyone else experiencing hummers leaving the Northeast PA area. This would be a month earlier than last year for me.Thanks.....Koke
Me too. I had a steady flow of hummers up until the last 2 days. The numbers are way down here also.
Yup here in West Michigan I still have about a dozen, the 30 or so that bombarded me have moved on, but then the blossoms are beginning to get scarce too. RATS
I am not seeing the constant activity that I was seeing a week or so ago but I am still seeing the nectar going down pretty quickly. I have noticed that they seem to be using the feeders right now more than the flowers as their preferred nectar source.
Oh cry cry cry--it took me so long this year to get them and now they are going away already. Doesn't seem fair. *pout*
I do believe that the 8 or 9 hummers I had for the longest time were getting their fill of sugar water before they made their long trip back. The 3 I have now must be migrators stopping to get their fuel for the trip.Either way, I think I am starting to go thru hummer withdrawal already!The feeders are still getting empty pretty fast though just with those 3 filling up......Koke
I still have my 3. Even said hi to them early this morning and then later this afternoon - where they buzzed me and then perched within a couple feet. Don't know how long they'll stay... :-(
Mine are still buzzing around. Last night there were 4 chasing each other. But, maybe they're migrators, moving in on their territory? I did notice a new male in town; he had the brightest red throat I'd ever seen. It was the color of the PP feeder; he was gorgeous! Naturally I couldn't get the camera in time :( I know it's only a matter of time before they leave **sniffling**
I did not see my portly juvie male all day today! He had been putting on alot of weight with that nectar 'beer-belly' as of yesterday.
Yesterday I saw about four and an adult male ruby throat he was tanking up quite a bit yesterday! Today I was out most of the day but I did see a hummer chase tonight just before dark and a couple of skinny little hummies earlier today. Sarah
I have not seen an increase on the numbers here yet. I would expect that soon I will be getting lots of visitors coming through for a stopover on their way south. They sure are not going to find much to keep them going between here and Texas this year.
I've still got 4, possibly 5 and they are so active and aggressive right now! Fortunately, all of my salvias are blooming like mad and they are on them constantly. The chase has been extremely fierce lately. I love watching and hearing their chatter! I can imagine the alpha male yelling, "if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times...get out and stay out of my yard" everytime the juvies strike! I've got 6 feeders out and they hit the LIR and B&B's and whatever the pinkish salvia is and then slide up to a feeder for a nip too. I'll miss them so much but I guess I'll just have to stay busy trying to propagate some salvias for them next year! Hey Penny, are you getting ready for winter sowing too???
Earlier today it was just like Glo and Tracy's yard and an adult male ruby-throat is still here. I don't remember seeing an adult male ever this late in the season. All are usually south of here by now. Sarah
I had an adult male at the feeder all this week. Don't know if he has been in the area or a migrant. I don't recall seeing a male this late in prior years either. As of yesterday evening I counted 5 at one time in the yard. I am actually hoping that they stay put for a while until everything settles down more.
Hi All, Today, I counted 5 hummers! An increase of 2 since yesterday! I know,I know,they rae going to be leaving soon but at least I am excited that I have the 5 now.They are still being territorial with the 3 feeders. As soon as 1 leaves,another will go for a sip and that original 1 is back chasing it away.A lot of times,I can spot where they are perching,very close to "their" feeders! I figured I must have had more than those 3 because the bottles were getting empty pretty quickly.As long as they want,I will be filling with fresh sugar water.Not to keep them here, but to help them on their journey.....Koke
I feel the same as you Penny and Koke too. They should stay here as long as possible since everything is so unsettled down by the gulph. Those poor people! I wish there was something I could do. Sarah
There was a mob scene at the feeders all through August - by mid-day they were tired enough that four of them were feeding at the same time. The drought and lack of wild flowers was probably the reason for the traffic jam. But now I'm down to one or two and I expect the rest are on their way south.
It is a little earlier than usual for their departure - I usually have them here until the 15th and a few stay on to almost the 1st of October. I expect that the lack of natural foods is speeding them on their way.
Watching five or six of them in ceaseless motion from dawn to duck, trying to get a moment at the feeder - I got exhausted just watching all the activity. The tail end of Katrina seemed to be their signal to head out.
Looks like I may be down to 1 now, who I barely caught a glance of once last evening and once so far this morning. If anything, the change in day length here is pretty significant now and the earlier part of the week's somewhat overcast mornings seemed to enhance that.
I'm in such an odd location that I hope that any migrators will see my spot and stop by for a drink and a meal for the journey. I'm going to miss my babies!
Still holding on to my 5. They really seem to guard their feeders.Along with the yellow jackets,its sometimes hard for them to get a sip in! When I clean and refill the feeders,I have to battle my way to get them and then when I'm cleaning the bottle,I may have brought in a "live" jacket! Screams from me!!! Sometimes,I'll find a dead jacket....Screams from me!!! Hate those dang jackets! So,I am enjoying the Hummers from the safety of my Sunroom! Soon,I will be sure that my number of Hummers will be getting less and less each day.I'm hoping for another 3 weeks until the last one is seen.....Koke
I thought I was down to 1, but today, 3 females were chasing each other around. 2 of them took a rest very close to each other, so I think they're out just having fun. I haven't seen a male since Tuesday, 08/30/05.
I've only seen one for the last couple weeks - my resident female I assume. Wonder what happened to her baby? Hope she's ok.
The one I've got seems to be interested in me, she's come right up to the window to look at me, and one foot away across a pot.
Hope the migrating males come soon.
One of the juvie males is still here, but haven't seen the other. I've seen a few that seemed new to my feeder. They seemed very wary of the surroundings. I had one that didn't perch on the feeder, which is unusual, all my regulars do. I haven't had near the traffic that I usually do. Gonna miss seeing those little things zipping in and out..........
Hi Everyone! :)
I hope everyone is hanging in there despite the awful wrath of Hurricane Katrina and the rising gas prices! :( Unfortunately, I'm down to one little butterball hummingbird! :( I think Sassy the bigger one has gone South! Up until two days I had them both frolicking in the yard together! I'm missing them already! :( I saw one early this morning at the salvia and that was it. I hope she comes back. Last year I saw my last one on September 11th. I'm going to keep my feeder up because I know there may be some passing by and they are going to need all the energy they can! :) Everyone that still has them at their feeders are truly blessed! :)
Down to 3 -females,but there must be more because the feeders get empty rather quickly.I've noticed on some posts that the females leave last,is that true? I never bothered to watch for a male ,just as long as I had my hummers! Now, I am trying to see what I have.So far,only females. And,they are more protective of the feeders than the males were!...................Koke
Have only seen 2 maybe 3 hummerballs since Friday. Lil Bit, Miss Tish and I believe Big Mamma left this past week end. Hope they are safe. Still have a couple battling over one of the feeders and roosting in the maple tree in front and at least one juvie male or possibly 2 that are using the back feeders and roosting out back in the neighbors trees. However I know that their days are numbered.
The babies that are still here were in full swing early this morning just after dawn. I had 2 perched on the old clothesline that they have come to enjoy perching on for extended periods. One at one of the feeders in the back yard and one at a feeder in front.
My dominate female is still in control. I think some of the recent visitors are new. Probably migrators. They don't seem to know where the good stuff is. It dosen't matter because they are driven out of the yard quickly. I think when this Queen finally decides to migrate, I may get more action. She has recently discovered a late blooming shrub called Seven Sons (I think). It is just opening many sprays of small fragrant white flowers. This may delay her departure.
My resident males left last week, but I had one that I think was a migrant on Saturday morning working over the B&B near the patio and then didn't see him again. All weekend I had 3 juvies and they've been so much fun for me!!! They've been chasing and chattering like crazy and the bravest one is so curious! He's gone to every flower in my yard to investigate and his favorite after the LIR and B&B seems to be my tropical bleeding heart which none of the others have paid any attention to. His next favorite thing to explore seems to be us and the dog. Sheena just sits and watches the little guy hover in front of her face. I'll be so sad to see them go! Their time here is just too short!
Hi all.. RI here/ and so far I still have my two. Have had to take the feeder down as the bees have been awful/ and got stung twice while in the yard. Also found out that a man in the neighborhood raises some for a medical reason??
Tried the cut/inverted soda bottle which worked well for a while/ but when I'd put the feeder up, they'd be back, and actually scoot off the hummers.
Sassy the big one is definitely gone and I saw a little butterball yesterday at the feeder, but so far today nothing! :(
Try putting some vinegar in a spray bottle and spraying your skin or even your clothes with vinegar to keep the bees away from you. I actually carry a spray bottle out in the yard with me. Bees of all sizes and colors are very active and present here also. When I am collecting seed I make sure I spray myself good. Yes it does seem a bit extreme but It is so bad here they are landing on me like I was a launching pad. I couldn't even go outside.
I also made a couple of additional bee traps while we were camping last week and you can't imagine how many I caught in those traps but it kept them away from our campsite and our food. When we left to come home I just put the traps in a trash bag tied them up and through them away
Penny, I'd love to know how you make your bee traps.
Some time in early August, I discovered hummingbirds feeding at my sherbet orange trumpet vine growing up the brick wall by my mom's door. I had planted the vine several years ago, but it only just began flowering this year for the first time. I had seen hummingbirds before in my garden, back when I had nicotiana and lilies, but never so many as with the trumpet vine.
Delighted with this explosion of hummingbirds, I bought a really cute hummingbird feeder, but was disgusted to find that it just didn't work properly. So, I made my own by salvaging the rubber cork and putting it in a small sample size liquor bottle. I used some red polymer clay to form a flower-like lip, and fashioned a wire support structure around it.
Since I knew they'd soon be migrating, I added some soy-based vitamin and protein powder to the sugar solution. I had at least four different birds, all females or immatures, and they fed like crazy. Like one of the earlier postings, they really seemed to prefer the feeder to the actual flowers. I joked to my mom that I had turned them into sugar water junkies!
Some time at the very end of August, (or was it the very beginning of September?) they all stopped coming. I assume they must have departed on their long southward trip.
I am so sorry to see them go, but to diminish my sadness, I have decided to turn this part of my garden into a hummingbird sanctuary. When the little tikes return next year, they'll find a feast of hummingbird flowers--at least I think so, if everything turns out as I hope. I've ordered some Monarda "Cambridge Scarlet" and Mimulus cardinalis (Scarlet Monkeyflower) and am planning a sort of bog garden. In a drier patch, I'm planning to plant some red Morning Glories to go up a small trellis. Combine all of that with the existing trumpet vine, and I think they'll feel like they're in heaven. That's the plan, anyway.
I hope they are able to survive the devastation in the gulf. It's their last chance to fuel up before crossing the Caribbean, and I fear that the flooding and/or wind damage may really put a strain on their ability to find flowers. Perhaps "my" birds will take a more easterly migration route, or more westerly one, and miss the MS and LA coastlines. I hope so!
I though I was down to the resident pair but today I witnessed them chasing another one right into the window in front of my face. It did hit the window but flew into the maple safely, sat there for quite some time before it flew off. I hope it will return for some fuel before it continues it's journey. I fill my feders daily and by the afternoon they are empty, this is how much those darn Yellow Jackets are drinking.
Hello everyone,It seems we all have the same thing in common......our Hummers migrating! I don't know if there is a Migration map for when our Hummers start their journey but it seems we have one right here in these posts!At least,I am getting an idea of where the Hummers are and when they went on their trip. I have my 3 still flying around chasing each other.They don't seem afraid when we are in the garden talking with our neighbors,they just fly in between us all! Amazingly,they never fly into us but give us quite a surprise. I am really enjoying hearing from all of you devoted Hummer Lovers.This has been a really nice experience for me,Thank You All!!! And,keep this going until all of our little puffballs are gone.Oh, by the way,is it always the females who are last to leave? Thanks again.... :( Koke
well i still have my 3 but probably not for much longer :( it makes me so sad to see them leave. i already cant wait for next year when they return.maybe by then i can come up with someway to keep the bees away..
I would not recommend adding anything to the nectar mix except the sugar and the water. A hummer's digestive system is very very tiny and the least bit of a foreign substance can cause health problems or even death. It has been recommended that during migration the sugar water ratio can be altered to 1 part sugar to 3 parts water instead of the normal 1"4 ratio.
Penny, could you (or any other expert) suggest or comment on when to switch to the 1:3 ratio? One of my females, "Squirt", seems so thin and tiny (as compared to the other "brutes", and I'm wondering when I should switch.
Thanks Penny,I didn't know about switching the ratio. I just learned something new today.That's why I love this forum! I will be filling the feeders tonight and will adjust accordingly. Thanks....Koke
I appreciate your caution, but we used to regularly feed this sort of solution to our hummingbirds at the Pittsburgh (now National) Aviary, and they seemed to thrive on it. Many of them lived quite a long time, so they don't seem to have been harmed in the least. We also were sure to keep little bowls of rotting fruit around to encourage fruit flies. It's amazing how they can snap those little flies right out of the air with their slender little bills.
I used only about 1/6 of the amount recommended for the human dosage, because I didn't want to take any chance of overdoing it. I don't think I harmed them, and they certainly seemed quite perky and happy after having fed on this solution for a few weeks. I probably wouldn't feed them this way all year round (since they obviously have sources of natural foods and do quite fine). I just thought it would be nice to give them a little extra boost before migration.
I forgot to mention one more thing about protein powder and sugar water. It's very important to be scrupulously clean with this sort of mixture. It will tend to ferment more quickly than just plain sugar water. I always scrubbed my feeder every day with a bottle brush, and boiled it in water for a half hour to kill any disease organisms.
Check out the Merck Veterinary Manual website, click on "Table: Avian diets," and you will see a hummingbird maintenance formula for captive birds that includes soy powder.
Here is a link that might be useful: Merck veterinary manual
In your situation working with and feeding birds in a controlled environment with trained personnel and experts then the protein powder may be fine but for the average home gardenr who tends to think if one drop of something is good then two drop would be better, I would suggest staying with the plain sugar water mix.
In the past 2-3 years I have seen some unbelievable concoctions given out to people by reportedly people who are supposed to be very knowledgable in their field. A little 'education' can be dangerous in the wrong hands or without proper training. A recent case in point is someone in Louisiana who is experimenting with nectar ratios and additives because he got hold of a nectar study report and now want to conduct his 'own experiments'.
Tracy, I start increasing the nectar around the end of August. The first couple of fillings I do 3 quarter cups of sugar and a 1/3 cup sugar to 1 qt of water then the next week I go to 3:1. I never go below the 3:1 ratio. Some people move right from 4:1 straight away but I prefer to do it gradually so that they will still use the flowers. The sweeter nectar may encourage them to use the feeders more than flowers.
You are welcome. It isn't necessary to switch to a 3:1 ratio but it does help them fatten up and give them a little extra fat to sustain them on their long journey. It is generally the Juveniles that will leave last. The males leave first to establish their winter territory, then the adult females and lastly the juveniles will leave.
I will make a new post regarding the bee traps. There are a couple of different ways to do it and it is very simple and best of all free if you use recyclable pop bottles.
I am now down to 2:( it is getting closer and closer to when I will have none :( I may have 3 because the nectar seems to be disappearing faster than I thought it would.
Penny,did you make a post about the bee traps? I didn't even look,although I should have.This year is terrible with yellow jackets. My DH had to remove one nest from the vent on the roof,its the vent for my range hood.Bur,none the less,it was scarry seeing all those jackets in one place! We even had another tighter mesh screen over that vent but for some reason they wanted to call it home.Thanks for all your advice...........Koke
Yes I did start a new post about the traps: Homemade Bee Traps - foofna
We also had a nest right under the eves of the back door and we couldn't even use the door for a while until we got rid of them.
Hi all.My computer at home is not working and I just wanted to pop in here and say I have two hummers,presumably migrants.They are really loading up on nectar and making quite a scene with high-speed chases.The end must be near but the season is going out with a bang! I will miss them when they leave soon.
Penny, it certainly was not my intention to encourage people to behave irresponsibly and feed diets to hummingbirds that might be harmful to them. I am confident based on years of experience with real, live hummingbirds, that the diet I fed them was safe and helpful to them at this demanding time of the season. I did not post a recipe, and would agree that pure sugar water in either 4:1 or 3:1 water:sugar ratio is certainly safer than experimenting with unknown concoctions.
On the one hand, I'm glad you're concerned about the well being of the hummingbirds and have warned others to be careful. I share your commitment to their well being, but I must say that you've really dropped a wet blanket on an experience that I was trying to share with others. I feel chastised, and undeservedly so.
I will think twice about posting again, given that such an innocuous post was met with such skeptical criticism. Maybe I'm just having a bad day, but that's how I'm feeling.
Please forgive me for coming across as chastising you. Honestly that wasn't my intention at all. I was just trying to get the point across that this really isn't something for the average backyard hummer gardener. That is someething more for those who are trained to care for wild birds. I am not always able to make myself as clear as I should. I never meant to throw a wet blanket on your personal experiment. If I were more knowledgable myself and trained in the care of these little creatures, it would possibly be something I might also try. I just get overly concerned that people who are not trained and knowledgable will try things that they are not equipped to do hence my stressing of the plain sugar water recipe. I hope that you will continue to post to the forum and if I come across too abruptly just let me know.
Hi everyone.. I'm new to the forum and just love my hummers. I currently have 30+ that visit my feeders daily.ALL Day Long.. I have had that many most of the summer. I live in Middle Tenn and I live in the country a go ways from any neighboro's. I make up their juice every other day and they are currently going throught 1 gal of juice every 2 days.. I'll take a picture of them this afternoon and post a picture of them. I have been a back yard hummer gardener for 25 years. Sandy
Penny, Thanks so much for responding. I feel much better now. Sometimes it's easy to misunderstand the emphasis of what someone's saying, especially when you're just dealing with words on a page, and can't see the face of the person who's saying it.
I do want to emphasize that I think your concern about the hummers is admirable, and well-founded. Your views were worth expressing, even though I did get a little huffy about it. I can't believe that the person in Louisiana would behave with so little regard for the birds' well being, and would view them as little more than guinea pigs in an experiment.
At the risk of sounding like a "wet blanket" myself, it could be argued that we really ought not to be feeding wild birds at all. There are some people who argue this very point. When we do so, they say, we encourage unusual congregations that may encourage the transmission of disease. With this being the first season that I've artificially fed hummingbirds, I couldn't help but notice that they began to prefer my feeder to the trumpet vine that had coevolved with them! I missed seeing their little heads powdered with yellow trumpet vine pollen! I joked with my mother, and fretted a little, that my hummingbirds were now on a junk food diet. Although it is my understanding that flower nectar is almost 100% sugar water, I couldn't help but wonder if there weren't some trace substances in the trumpet vine nectar that they were missing out on. However, a person can fret only so much, and I personally think the benefits of feeding them outweigh the risks. Unless I hear definitive proof to the contrary, I will continue to view feeding wild birds, in general, as a way to pay them back for what we've done to their habitats and food supply. Also, it's just plain fun to watch them so close to the window.
Thanks again for your very gracious response!
I am so glad to know that we have worked out our misunderstanding and that you do understand I wasn't chastising you. Yes it is difficult when we are just presenting our feelings in a written post...a lot can get lost in the rhetoric.
THere are purest birders who believe that we should just leave the birds to forage for their own food as we do with other wild animals and it is true that feeders evolved not so much to help the birds but to bring them closer for the human population to enjoy but all that said I think it also has helped in their survival and to keep some species from becoming extinct as there are a number of hummr species that are on the endangered species list. There is evidence that at one time there were hummrs in Europe but because of climate changes and plant evolution they have become extint there.
When I first started hanging feedrs, I too noticed that they seemed to prefer the feeders but as I added more and more hummr plants they began using the plantz as much as the feedrs. I also noted that they used certain plantz at certain times of the day and season which led to the assumption that they used them when the natural flwr nectar was at its peak. Also not all flowr nectar is the same strengh.So it could be that even though something has a flower that is easy for hummrs to extract its nectar it may not have as rich a nectar as the hummr needs at that time so they will use the feeders if other nectar rich plantz aren't available. Weather conditions can also affect the nectar in plantz. In a very hot year like this year when rainfall isn't adequate, the nectar production will slow down to conserve energy and insure survival of the plant.
I have had excellent luck with my native coral honeysuckle but I have had to water the daylights out of it even though it is a native vine in order to keep it producing flowers from spring right up until frost. Even my salvias had to be watered a bit more this year and they prefer it more on the dry side. I think you will find as you start adding plantz you will see an increase in flwr use. Sometimes too the older hummers find it much easier to use the feederz than to exert all their energy flying from flowr to flowr.
My juvie hummer left on Sep. 4th....gosh do I miss the little one. It seems like it was a wonderful dream. This was the first year I had a daily hummer. The first time I saw it was on July 29th. Looking forward to next season though and hoping I have a hummer before July 29 and more than one.
My two little girls left about a week ago. We spotted a big female drinking from the red and white impatient bag I have hanging on my house on Saturday September 10th. I still have my feeder out and will continue to do so until October! What a die hard I am!!!! :) Today I was chatting on the phone and I saw a little girl drinking from the Weigelia tree. :) I was so happy. She darted off to the end of the driveway and went to the red petunias and white geraniums. About five minutes later she flew back to the Weigelia tree and I didn't see her the rest of the day. I had to go to work at 3:00. She never bothered to go to the feeder. I was thinking maybe she was just passing by. She wasn't butter ball looking either. How pretty she was and what a nice surprise for me to see her today!!! :) I think it's great that Penny still has them in upper State New York. That's a bit above me. :)
Penny doesn't have any more here either. My last two left on Monday morning right after they filled their little tanks. Now I can only hope to get a migrator through here but I usuaally don't see any migrators.
I think I still have hummers. I haven't seen any lately, but the water level in a couple of the feeders continues to drop.
Just when I thought I wouldn't see another hummingbird until next May a tiny little girl flew up to my huge purple mum and put her little beak into the flower and flew away. I don't know whether she drank from it, but I have never seen one go to a mum before has anyone else??? I ran like a lunatic, grabbed my camera and she was busy visiting all my flowers. I worked really hard this year to keep my flowers looking their best. It meant constant watering and fertilizing, but it was well worth it! :) I tried to get a picture, but she was happily buzzing around from one plant to the other it was hard to get a picture of her! :( I have never seen a hummingbird in my yard this late in the season before. I really feel blessed today! :) I hope she will return!!!! :) You never know everyone maybe one will show up your yards too! :) I hope so! I hope you all have a blessed day! :)
Marcy aka Catnappurr!
send her down my way I still have lots in bloom too. I haven't seen any hummers since Monday morning.
Its me.Koke,checking in with news...I still have my 3.I watched as one went to the Honeysuckle Vines and was getting some of the good stuff from it.I only have a few blooms right now but I guess the natural flowers beat out the sugar water.Everything is just so dry.The leaves on some of the trees are dropping..Fall is in the air for sure....my Mt.Ash is shedding its leaves.The Hummers come to it every once in awhile...I guess the bright orange berries draw them.Although ,I see my 3..it seems that I don't see them a lot.I figured they would be constantly at the feeder filling up. I saw my last hummer last year on the 26th so I am holding my breadth right now hoping to get at least to that date.....Koke
Hi all- I didn't realize this post was still here/ and made a new one asking if our little friends were still here. I've been away from the house for over 10 days now, working with the Katrina evacuees that came to RI. I leave early in the a.m. and get back about 11 at night,,, so have no idea if they are still in the area. Will try and change the feeders today and see what happens tonight (I'm OFF...so will sit by the patio and wait ) lol.........
NavyMon,Thank You so much for helping with the evacuees! You will be blessed! Today,is the first day that I haven't seen any Hummers around.It is so sad knowing that I will have to wait until next April to see them again :( I was hoping for at least another 7-10 days but this Fall is really strange...leaves are turning golden and dropping so its no wonder ,my little ones might be leaving now.I wish them a safe journey until we meet again!...........Koke
After almost two weeks without seeing our resident hummer, Ruth (as in Ruth Buzzy), I took down the feeders. Wouldn't you know it, a little while later, here she is! Well, maybe it wasn't Ruth, but it was someone looking for a snack. So I put the feeder back out, but didn't see her again. :-(
The hummers left my garden in the Washington, DC area late last week, which was very consistent with last year. I will miss them. This year the first one did not arrive until Mother's Day. I will get to go to southeast Arizona this winter and spring and may see some there.
I had two juvies show up on Saturday. One female is still here. Yesterday she learned how to use one of the feeders after several very feeble attempts. She doesn't seem to interested in moving on so I will make sure that she has plenty to eat while she is here. I still have plenty of flowers to keep her happy and lately a lot of white flies and gnats so she will have natural protein in addition to plant and artificial nectar.
Well,last night and this morning,I saw 2 Hummers using the feeders.I saw this quite by accident,haven't seen any for 2 days then as I was attempting to wash some dishes in the sink,I saw 1 ! Gosh,was I excited! Seems like those 2 days of watching and seeing zilch then to be washing dishes and just look out the window and there she was! I have 6 more days to go from last years departure .They do seem to be very consistent with their comings and goings.Does anyone else see their arrival and departure dates that consistent? Thanks to all.......Koke
I haven't seen any hummers in over a week. I guess they have already started to head home for the winter. I can't remember if it was the same last year or not, but we are still having temps near 80, so I guess I thought they would stay longer...I guess they know better...LOL.
Well,today is the 23rd and I have 2 hummers here.Don't know if they are the ones from before or if they are migrators.I am holding out until the 26th ,which was my last hummer sighting last year so I'm hoping to make it until then.And,then,what will I do?? Then, I will be hoping for the Bluebirds to come back and eat mealies.But, I am sure going to miss the little ones.It will be a long,long winter without my Hummers. :(((
Hi Everybody! :)
Penny I'm so happy you have some hummers back at your house! :) It's so exciting isn't it??? And Navy Mom God Bless you for helping all those poor people! My heart and prayers go out to everyone of them! And yes Koke you hit the nail right on the head, it's going to be a long, long, winter without our little babies! :(
Take care everyone!
I thought mine were gone and I would not refill the feeder any, but there was one this evening.
Wayne,keep the feeder filled,you just never know when a hungry,late migrant might be passing thru and need some extra energy.Here in Northeast Pa.,I keep mine up and filled until the end of October,just in case.......Koke
My latest migrant that arrived last Wednesday is still here and doesn't seem too interested in leaving. She/he learned to used one of the feeders yesterday. This is a record late date for me. Mine are usually all gone buy the 3rd week in Sept.
Hi All! This is a marvelous site - I'm just posting for the first time! Its amazing all the info- I can't believe my luck...my little hummer is still here today - came at 7:11 am. then around 10:00 - 2:23 P.m., and 4:56p.m ! Has been constant the last few days and this is OCT!! Only one other year did I see one on OCT 10th the latest. Last year it she left in Sept. Today was my birthday so it was a special treat!! Can't stand to see them leave. Hope to hear from someone who still has some. My friends a few miles north said theirs have left. Thanks, Carol
Hi again! My little female is really getting fatter - coming to the feeder, then the butterfly bush every 20 mins. I am sure it will be leaving soon which makes me sad -but I won't take down my feeders till the end of Oct or maybe beg of Nov.
Koke - liked your sentiments and that you are in Penna. My husband and I met there - and I have cousins in Lewisburg... We love it. Here in CT I don't have as much luck with getting more than one hummer at a time.
Hope to hear from anyone!
crlyn aka Carol
As of today Oct. 7th. my migrant is still here. She arrived on Sept. 28th. and doesn't seem too concerned about moving on. Usually I don't have any hummers after the 3rd. week of Sept.
Penny, My hummer is still here, actually there may be more than one...@ 7:00 a.m. I saw a tiny one on my impatience then on my maroon salvia. Around 9:00 a.m. there was a lot of activity on my feeder then resting on the butterfly bush preening etc by a large fat female. They don't seem in a hurry to move on either. But with rain and cold front coming this evening - this may be the last day. Who Knows? Keep posting! CArol
Two still here as of yesterday. As much as I'd like to see them move on and hopefully migrate safely, I don't want them to go :( It's only a matter of time...
It is humid, windy and very rainy here in Southern CT but my hummer is still here - feeding every half hour! Also have a chicadee who thinks she is a hummer and tries the feeder every now and then..fun to watch. Other friends still have theirs also. Amazing how intelligent these little ones are..with some uncanny ability to know just when to leave. I have tried to get a hummer for years before they started to come about 3 years ago. This is the first year I have had any luck having one stay. Thanks for all the tips from everyone - next year I plan to have a lot more plants - and will try to winter some of my gardenmeister fushia and maroon salvia - they seem to really like these plants. I am enjoying every second watching my hummer and hope it flys safely and comes back next year. I just wonder when they will leave... Carol
This is my first post here...have learned so much the past few months in regard to "my" hummers. This is the first year we were lucky enough to have more than 2 little ones. This year we had 6 total...2 males and 4 females. Sorry to say our "regulars" left on Sept. 30. But I had a little traveler that arrived on Oct. 2nd and spent 3 days here before moving on. Haven't seen any since then...but feeders are still up, cleaned and filled as usual...and will be til' the first hard freeze. Boy, I miss them already...hopefully we'll have some more travelers.
Last Hummer spotted Weds. Oct. 5th. Cold front moved in that night and has remained pretty darn cold here in West Michigan. Anybody got any N of me yet? Feeders are still up just in case.
I believe mine have left; I haven't seen them since Thursday...
Sadly I think my hummer left this morning, Tues. Oct.11th, from Milford CT. I saw her at 7:00a.m., then the last at 7:41 a.m on my "mulberry jam" salvia which she loved. I hope she caught a clear flying space between all of this awful rain we are having in CT and along the East Coast. I will so miss seeing her! I have watched her continuously for the last 10 days or so.
Its a long time till Spring! ):
Please let me know if anyone here on the eastern coast has seen any since today. Thanks, Carol
Back Again...Heard from my friend also in Milford - She still has a hummer as of today...Also her sister has several! So would love to hear from anyone in CT especially who may still have one...I still have my feeders up in case a straggler comes along! I am having withdrawal symptoms! Carol
Came home early today,steady rain, temp. of 48 degrees, male hummer making the rounds on all the Canna's which are still blooming,put the feeders away this past weekend. This is probaly the latest I've seen one around here.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!!!
I WAS JUST WONDERING IF PENNY, CAROL OR ANYONE ELSE STILL HAVE HUMMINGBIRDS IN THE NORTHEAST??? THE LAST TIME I SAW ONE WAS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH. THAT WAS THE LATEST I'VE SEEN THEM AROUND EVER IN MY AREA. I MARK MY CALENDAR EVERY YEAR AND SAVE THEM SO I KNOW EXACTLY WHEN THEY ARRIVE AND LEAVE. I MISS THEM SO MUCH. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL SPRING!!!!
TAKE CARE EVERYONE AND GOD BLESS!
Hi catnappurr and everyone! Unbelievable - but my friends just returned from a trip to Harraseeket Inn in Freeport ME and they spotted a male rubythroat hummer that didn't stay around because there wasn't any food!!! This was on Tuesday November 8th!! My feeders are still up - was just going to take them down last weekend - got distracted - so I guess I'll leave them up until this weekend....wouldn't it be something if that little guy came thru? You just never know - I only hope it makes it to warmer territory soon! Anyone else see one ?? Carol