Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still visiting the feeders. These are most likely migrating hummingbirds, just a few of the millions heading south on their way to their winter home in Mexico and Central America.
Adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were the first to depart - I haven't seen an adult male since the 3rd week in August. What you'll see now are females and immature hummingbirds.
Keep your feeders filled and clean. Hanging feeders at this time of year will NOT cause hummingbirds to stay in the area longer than they should. On the contrary, your feeders will provide a quick energy source for these migrating birds.
Hummingbird at WBU Purple Decorative Hummingbird Feeder
I will continue to hang my hummingbird feeders for about 2 weeks after I've seen my last hummingbird. This is to help out any "stragglers". I only fill the feeders about halfway and I clean and refill them every 4-5 days whether the nectar level is down or not.
Last year, I saw my last hummingbird on September 19th. So we may still have a week or more to see these delightful birds at our feeders.
ADDENDUM October 6, 2008:
A reader from Macon GA referred us to the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division website advising Georgians to leave at least one hummingbird feeder up all fall and winter.
From the site: "Most of the hummingbirds seen in Georgia during the winter months are western visitors" and leaving feeders out in Georgia will help the state "document western hummingbirds that find their way to Georgia". Read more on "Georgia's Wintering Hummingbirds".
Thanks to Peter of Macon GA
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