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September 10, 2007


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Linda, I apologize that I am unable to answer your question. We just don't EVER have that many hummingbirds - you're so lucky!!
If you're on Facebook, check out the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory page at https://www.facebook.com/SABObird?pnref=about.overview Sheri L. Williamson is a hummingbird expert in Arizona and may be able to address your question.
Thanks for stopping in and feeding all those hummingbirds!!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Michele, I just check on ebird (ebird.com) and see you are definitely at the very tail end of Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration. The possibility of having a Rufous Hummingbird there certainly exists. If you'd like to report your bird, find the local Audubon Club and they'll certainly be able to help or point you in the right direction. Keep your nectar fresh and if freezing temps come, keep it near a light so the nectar doesn't freeze. Good luck!


For several years, I have had 4 to 5 large hummingbird feeders of which I refill at least 3 of them daily. I probably have 200 birds and although it's time consuming, I enjoy it. However, since I do travel often, I rely on my good neighbor to fill in for me which she does. I know it's not easy for her and so come next Spring I want to cut back to two feeders. Right now I still have the full quantity of birds and I expect (hope) they will be migrating soon. I will keep one or two feeders up all winter as I do have about a dozen that stay. What can I expect next spring if I don't put up the full amount of feeders? Is this a good idea or not?

Michele G

It Oct 15 and I still have hammers. I feeding from our house in Hendersonville NC.
Should I be concerned? Should I notify anyone to tag them or something?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Missy - having food out for late hummers will not cause them to stay. They will leave when they have put on enough weight for the remainder of their journey. They most probably will not stay but you'll be helping them out - and thanks for doing that!
Martha - I'd start making small moves of the feeder to where it will end up during your work. They'd probably find it even if you moved it all at once, but I'm thinking, let's try to make sure. Good luck and keep us posted!
Rebecca - folks like you along the Gulf Coast will see hummingbirds a bit later than us all up north. You're lucky! Thanks for the report.


SSW a hummingbird today in Jackson MS 19/12/2015

Martha Huckins

It is Oct 4,2015. I live in Central Virginia, Louisa county. I have a young female still at my feeder ( pretty sure). She will sit for periods of time on the feeder. I am worried about her, she seems to be the only one. In about 3 weeks we are going to have some work done and the deck where the feeder is hanging will have to be moved, will that be a problem to move the feeder?
Thank you for your help.

Missy shiflett

It's October 2, in Woodbridge Virginia and I still have 2 possibly 3 hummers that are feeding daily. If they are still feeding in late October will they stay for the winter season?
I would love to continue to host winter hummers but would like to be prepared to do so.
Thanks of any info you could give.


The Zen Birdfeeder

Janine and Joyce, thanks for keeping your feeders up and clean for the birds! It might help one out!


I am Jeanine and live in Warrenton VA still have humming birds in my yard 09/26/15 I will keep my feeder up for two more weeks thanks for the info


Thank you for the info....today is Sept 22 and I still have hummingbirds..at least 2 and maybe 3 that feed daily. I keep 2 feeders out now but will put the plastic one up the first of October and leave the other one out all winter. Again thank you for the needed info.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Beverly, in Maryland I'd still follow the recommendation above: continue to hang your hummingbird feeders for about 2 weeks after you've seen your last hummingbird. This is to help out any "stragglers". Fill the feeder about halfway and clean and refill them every 3-5 days whether the nectar level is down or not. Good luck!


I'm in Maryland, when do I stop feeding hummingbirds.Thank you.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Linda, if you're going through sugar too fast for your liking, cutting back to the recommended 4 parts water to 1 part sugar will help the sugar last longer and the hummers will still come. Good luck!

Linda Brusehaver

It is August 27,2015 .I am feeding MANY hummers with two feeders.goibg thru bag sugar a week..now i make it 2Cups water to1 cup sugar.give them more energy ..still have couple Orioles feeding too..glad to have read your notes as was told they stay too long when you keep feeding. THANKS

The Zen Birdfeeder

Dorle, I think in Alabama you have the chance of seeing Ruby-throated Hummingbirds year-round. Keeping a feeder up, clean and filled with fresh nectar, could help the birds out alot. Keep us posted!


I'm here in huntsville alabama ( almost on the Tennessee state line) I still have bummers flying around even so we had frost last night. Should I keep feeding them and if yes for how long? I seen people leaving feeders out all winter long, is this okay up here, I'm pretty sure we are getting a hard winter this year.
Thank you

The Zen Birdfeeder

John, so fantastic to hear!! Thank you for keeping those feeders out. I appreciate your comment very much.

John Parker

Thanks for the info on feeding hummingbirds. It is a great resource. Because of your comments, I have continued feeding our hummers through the Autumn and it is now mid December and I continue to put out fresh necter each day. The temperatures here in southern Oregon have been below 32 deg F for over 2 weeks (getting into the mid teens at night) and I still get several different birds a day feeding. 2 are Rufous and 1 is Anna's. Very easy to tell the 2 Rufous apart as one is much smaller than the other. They drink for long periods of time; up to 60 sec at a setting. I have been using a richer necter (1:3) in the freezing temps to keep it liquid.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Tucker, first of all, continue to provide the hummingbird feeder (clean and unfrozen) for as long as the hummingbird is around. If you do get cold nights, consider putting a lamp near the feeder to keep the nectar from freezing.
You could also contact the local Audubon or bird club (if you're willing to share). A licensed bander MIGHT come to confirm the species.
Good luck and keep us posted. Thanks for sharing!!

Tucker Boxwell

Hi, tucker in northern va. Nov. 5, still have one female hummer(ruby). Temp. Below 32 degrees several nights but she's still here and feeding this morning @ 32 degrees. Any advise appreaiated. Thanks

The Zen Birdfeeder

That's great Sharon! Where are you located?


September 21st: my hummers left

September 29th: Nell,Ruby Throated arrived, she is still here on October 21st, 2013

October 5th: Red(Rufous) arrived, and he left five days later


Will do.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Adriana, that's great! Will you keep us posted?

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