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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.
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September 10, 2007


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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 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'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.

Gretchen Wedge

We had been gone for a week and a half at the end of September and when we arrived home I still had a couple of hummingbirds feeding. This is the 6th of October. Took 2 feeders down and refreshed one to leave up. Hope they get on their way as temperatures are turning cold here in Michigan.


I had a hummingbird as recently as Oct. 4 this year in Athens, GA. I'll keep the feeder up in case any more drift by. I may even keep it up all winter in hopes of attracting a western visitor as described here:

The Zen Birdfeeder

James - lucky you! Where are you located, seeing hummers in late September?


Today is sept. 27, 2008. I still have two or three hummingbirds. I will continue to change my food as long as they stay around!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Dennis - welcome to The Zen Birdfeeder and thanks for the report from Georgia. Everyone up here is envious that you're still seeing hummers; I saw my last one 8 days ago. And I'll look forward to their return in early May - when do they return for you?


It is 9/26/08 and I still have 2 hummingbirds around here in middle GA. I have 2 feeders with only 1 left for them. I will leave it up for about a week after I have seen the last one. I will enjoy them until they have departed, then I'll look for them again in the spring.

The Zen Birdfeeder

My last hummingbird was seen on Sep 13 (last year I saw one as late as Sep 19).
I still have my feeders up with fresh nectar in them. Just in case....

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