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Old 07-09-2003, 06:22 PM
BADBIL
 
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I have noticed that the number of hummers coming to my feeders has dropped off
a lot recently, and that I am seeing new birds. How long should I keep the
feeder out for the passers b y?

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Old 08-09-2003, 08:43 PM
C.L. Lassiter
 
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BADBIL wrote:
I have noticed that the number of hummers coming to my feeders has dropped off
a lot recently, and that I am seeing new birds. How long should I keep the
feeder out for the passers b y?


I'd always heard that one should stop feeding them on Labor Day to
encourage them to fly south, but someone here said that they pretty much
leave on their own w/o encouragement. You seem to be experiencing that.
I'm still filling the feeder, and I have a few around still.

Someone also reported here last year that if one leaves a feeder
out over winter, one may get the occasional non-ruby throat in migration.
I don't recall the species, but I do remember a report of something other
than a ruby throat or rufous locally (last December I believe it was).

cl
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Old 08-09-2003, 09:09 PM
Baine Carruthers
 
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CL is correct about leaving up. I think it benefits straglers plus we had a
caliope visit late in December and I know of 1 or 2 other species that
visited others feeders late in the season.

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Baine

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BADBIL wrote:
I have noticed that the number of hummers coming to my feeders has

dropped off
a lot recently, and that I am seeing new birds. How long should I keep

the
feeder out for the passers b y?


I'd always heard that one should stop feeding them on Labor Day to
encourage them to fly south, but someone here said that they pretty much
leave on their own w/o encouragement. You seem to be experiencing that.
I'm still filling the feeder, and I have a few around still.

Someone also reported here last year that if one leaves a feeder
out over winter, one may get the occasional non-ruby throat in migration.
I don't recall the species, but I do remember a report of something other
than a ruby throat or rufous locally (last December I believe it was).

cl





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