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September 10, 2007


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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?


I am new this year to birdfeeding-watching and have 2 hummingbird feeders. I just put them back out after reading that you can get winter feeders in Georgia. One feeder is already empty (after 3 days) and the other is lower in volume than when I put it out. I have not seen any hummingbirds but have been pretty busy over the holidays. I will keep looking!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Diane in NJ: Can I ask where in NJ you are? It seems late for a hummingbird in NJ even from my perspective in upstate NY. And it could possibly be a rarer Rufous Hummingbird, which experienced local birders could help identify. Let me know if you'd be willing to do that and I'll contact folks in NJ.
Regardless, please keep your feeder up, clean and filled.
Thanks for reporting your late hummingbird, Diane!

Diane in NJ

It's 3 days before Thanksgiving in New Jersey and I just noticed a familiar Ruby Throated Hummingbird at my feeder! Unfortunately, I cannot tell if it's male or female. I recognize the "personality" and mannerisms. I know without a doubt that this h-bird has been here for awhile. I'm afraid for its health and safety. It's been unseasonably warm for November and I feel that its biological clock is off. I thought these wonderful birds knew it was time to go when the days get shorter...at least by daylight savings. I dont want to completely cut off its feeding supply.Should I be worried? Maybe its sensing a mild winter? Help!

The Zen Birdfeeder

A hummingbird in central Ohio in November seems late to me, but I'm not sure. Can you check with your local WBU (there are a number around the Columbus area) to see if this is way late and if maybe it is a Rufous Hummingbird?
Worth checking out!!!!
Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca Jarrells

A migrating female Hummingbird just visited my feeder in central Ohio...it's November 6 2011!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ruby - it is very hard to tell one hummingbird from another. As long as one is visiting, keep your feeder(s) clean and filled. If feeding slows, just fill it a little less. If they totally depart, still keep the feeder up and clean for at least a couple weeks more to help any trailing hummingbirds. Our county just had a hummingbird show up at a feeder almost a full month after the last hummingbird!
Thanks for your visit!


It is October 24th. I am in Rancho Cucamonga CA, I am feeding the HB and have seen a decreace in their numbers. A couple of weeks ago I was refilling my 2 large feeds everyday. They seem to like 2 cups of surgar the rest water. I am seeing around 6 a day now as apossed to 20 or so before. I can't tell if they are the same ones or not. I guess I will just keep one filled all winter...

The Zen Birdfeeder

Peter - lucky you down in Georgia. Thank you for the great link and good luck attracting some of those western species over the next few months. Thanks for your comment.
Gretchen - wow! Early Oct in Michigan and you still have hummers! Is this normal? Thanks for your visit and sharing what's going on at your feeders.

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