When will you take your feeders down?

nanaboo(z8BRLA)September 28, 2010

I usually take my feeders down in October,but our local newspaper had a front page nice picture of Ruby-throated hummingbirds buzzing around a feeder,and information about a local group tagging hummingbirds. Mr. Patton, from Louisiana, is licensed by the Departmenht of the Interior, to band hummingbirds. He reported that Rufous and 10 other species arrive in Louisiana in November. So, yea, I plan on keeping my hummers fresh with nectar thru November. I would love to see another species. I have only observed Ruby Throats. It would such a thrill to have visitors thru November!

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hummersteve

In previous years I have kept my feeder/feeders up till thanksgiving but have never seen a late migrant. But I will keep at least one feeder till Nov.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 11:26AM
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hawkeye_wx(z5 east-central IA)

Mine will stay up until at least Halloween. You never know when you might get a very late straggler or even a lucky visit from a western hummer.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 2:56PM
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ltcollins1949(9a TX)

Over here on the Texas Gulf Coast, I usually take mine down around mid-November because I always have my hummer plants for them to use. However, if we get some really bad weather, I'll kep them up longer. When it snowed Christmas 2004 (first recorded snow ever in Rockport on Christmas), I had 4 hummers that stayed. Two BB, one male Rufus and one female RT, so I kept the feeders up the rest of the winter because the snow killed the hummer plants that they usually use.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 8:10PM
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hummersteve

Linda

Pretty much the same here. I have lots of flowers but if we get too many frosts I may be tempted to keep one feeder up longer than anticipated.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 8:38PM
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bdriver71(z6pa)

I always leave 1 feeder up till it starts freezing. Usually around Thanksgiving here. Saw 4 hummers here today and I wasn't home much. This is the latest in 6 years I have seen them. Keep those feeders up. More are on the way!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 9:49PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

So, yea, I plan on keeping my hummers fresh with nectar thru November. I would love to see another species. I have only observed Ruby Throats. It would such a thrill to have visitors thru November!

Nana, I think I mentioned earlier this year that here in Baton Rouge you can leave your feeders up year round. I live near LSU and we've been hosting winter hummers for the past 10 years. The winter birds are arriving now. I saw the first adult male Rufous at one of the feeders the other day. They stick around until February ... about the same time the Ruby-throateds return.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 12:01PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Nana, these pics were taken in my yard last winter. Most are Rufous, but the snow pic is a Buff-bellied. You have to sort of squint to see it, but he's there. ;)

Here is a link that might be useful: winter hummers in Baton Rouge

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 12:07PM
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tracey_nj6(6)

I generally keep them up until late November as well, just in case a late migrator buzzes by. I've never seen one past mid-September though, which doesn't mean much ;)

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 2:06PM
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eigdeh(z6 NJ)

Natal, what is that white band on that Best 1 feeder, right where the bottle meets the base?

Amazing that the hummer is there in the snow!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 2:21PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

That's a piece of PVC pipe to prevent bees from gathering at the bottle opening.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 7:03PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

It's very unusual for us to get snow down here.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2010 at 7:04PM
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nanaboo(z8BRLA)

Natal,

Thank you for the winter pictures of your hummers, very nice. I am keeping my feeders fresh, hoping to see more travelers. 2 ruby-throats feeding today.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2010 at 1:13AM
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hummersteve

Natal

Is the 4th pic of 5 a buff-bellied with the blue cap and pointed tail?

The only bird I have ever seen is the rubythroat.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2010 at 9:53AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Steve, the bird in the 4th pic is a Rufous. He's sporting a blue paint dot on his crown, which means he was recently banded somewhere nearby.

These pics of an adult Buff-bellied are from a January '05 banding session in my yard.

Here is a link that might be useful: Buff-bellied

    Bookmark   September 30, 2010 at 12:59PM
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salliestarr

Here in southwest VA a hummingbird has been feeding today, Sept 30th. Yesterday was active too. I am excited since there hadn't been any sightings for days. I wonder what the latest sighting for a hummer is for southwest VA....anyone know? Thanks....Sallie

    Bookmark   September 30, 2010 at 3:21PM
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