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Wed Sep 18, 2019, 03:42 PM

I guess my hummingbirds are heading south for the winter.

My feeders have been pretty busy all summer up until today. All day long, I've only seen one little bird. I've noticed that some of the birds over the last couple of weeks have acted a little differently which led me to believe that they were visitors just passing through. I'm going to miss those little guys.

I'll go ahead and keep the feeders up for another week or so for stragglers, but it seems the season is winding down.

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Reply I guess my hummingbirds are heading south for the winter. (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Sep 18 OP
Kali Sep 18 #1
42bambi Sep 18 #2
gaiadiversity Sep 18 #6
Kali Sep 18 #7
dem4decades Sep 18 #3
Zoonart Sep 18 #4
dem4decades Sep 18 #5
Zoonart Sep 18 #12
IADEMO2004 Sep 18 #8
Arkansas Granny Sep 18 #9
IADEMO2004 Sep 18 #10
Phentex Sep 18 #11
IADEMO2004 Oct 1 #13
Arkansas Granny Oct 1 #14
IADEMO2004 Oct 1 #15
Arkansas Granny Oct 1 #16
IADEMO2004 Oct 2 #17
IADEMO2004 Oct 6 #18
Arkansas Granny Oct 6 #19

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 03:43 PM

1. yep they are moving south, we are getting hammered

hummers in the day, bats at night. sugar bill went way up the last week or two!

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Response to Kali (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 03:50 PM

2. Same here in San Antonio, I have had

to fill my hummer feeder almost everyday for the past couple of weeks.

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Response to Kali (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 04:21 PM

6. Same thing here in

Tucson. If I forget to take the feeders down at night, they are empty in the morning. Though I'll take bats over bears. Also, lot's of migrants coming through, a couple species I don't see except spring and fall.

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Response to gaiadiversity (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 04:26 PM

7. yep, I am 50 miles east but about the same latitude

one of the bats got in the house and is apparently hanging around until this evening


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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 03:51 PM

3. We have at least three at the flowers/feeders today here in southern New England.

They've been busy all week,figure any day will be the last. Seems like it's the little ones still hanging around. Good luck to them, it's a long trip,

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 03:55 PM

4. Three or four here today also...LoHud Valley, NY

Males go first after they have their feeding frenzies at our feeders. Then the females and the youg leave, so keep your feeders topped until the first frost...or so I am told.

:hi

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 04:13 PM

5. We'll keep them up long past the last sighting thanks. Don't know how they can ever get enough to

eat. They are always driving each other off the feeders. And there is plenty for every one but they are just little jerks to each other.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 05:45 PM

12. They are tough little buggers.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 04:38 PM

8. Six way rumble here yesterday. Rain today but still scrappy at a lower level.

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 04:43 PM

9. They've been squabbling over the feeders for the last couple of weeks.

Today, I've just had one little female show up.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #9)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 04:51 PM

10. Well I think more will be going your way from here.

Last few weeks needed to refill to keep full and not just keep fresh.

edit to add

Blue and Snow Geese overhead today headed south. First large flocks I've seen since spring.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 05:34 PM

11. We have a few stragglers but...

not even as many as a week ago so I'm guessing this is their last hoorah.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 09:57 AM

13. One female here last few days or a very well timed all female rotation.

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 10:05 AM

14. I haven't seen anyone at the feeders in a couple of days. Temps are still warm, but the days are

getting shorter. As long as the weather holds, they should have good food supplies for their trip south.

I'll leave the feeders up for a few more days, but it looks like it's time to put them away till spring.

I tried a new product this year to keep ants out of my feeders and it worked great.



You coat the inside of the "bell" with petroleum jelly and it discourages the ants from crawling any further. I haven't had to clean a single any out of the feeders this year.

And before I got this posted, I look up and there is a little female at the feeder right now. I guess they stay up for a few more days.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #14)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 10:52 AM

15. Brilliant! Inside the bell away from dust and dirt to keep clean.

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 11:05 AM

16. Yep, and no worry about it getting on the bitty birds feathers. I put the feeders up April 1 and

one application of Vaseline has lasted all summer long with no mess and no ants.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #16)

Wed Oct 2, 2019, 12:03 PM

17. Two females fighting in a cold rain this morning.

Highs in 50's lows in the 40's next few days could end Humming the season.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #16)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 02:10 PM

18. Quiet here since yesterday PM. Off to Arkansas?

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #18)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 02:23 PM

19. My feeders are at work. I'll have to keep an eye out, but I had no visitors Thursday and Friday.

I think they've moved on.

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