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March 26, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Karen, glad to help and have fun feeding the hummingbirds!


Thank you for the information on the arrival of the hummingbirds and how to feed and importance of changing nectar solution; we just bought are first feeder after having bought our first house ever in upstate NY!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Beth, here in eastern NY state, hummingbirds were abundant through the summer. Assuming your feeders had fresh nectar, perhaps you lost your resident male or female. Another explanation for a slowdown is some pesticide applications going on that have impacted insect sources.
Don't give up - start up again next spring and hopefully a hummingbird will find your offerings.

Beth Houston

Were are the humming birds this year? We usually have so many humming birds at our camp in Altmar, N.Y. that I can hardly keep the feeder filled. I have only seen a handful of humming birds this year. I have only filled my feeder once and it is never emptied. Has some disease killed many of them? Puzzled

The Zen Birdfeeder

Marilyn, thanks for the report! Enjoy your hummingbirds!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Debbie M. - hope they're back by now! Let us know!


We had our first on May Day...May 1st. We live in Pine City,NY. Then we had 2 at different feeders the next morning.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Jack, sounds like they're right on time! Thanks for the report from Chatham NY!

Jack Rowland

We had the 1st visit our feeder on 5/4/2015, then again on 5/5/2015. We are 8 miles north of Chatham NY.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Debbie, so if they're in Wappingers Falls on 5/5, sounds like they'll be at my house just in time!! ;) Thanks for the report!

Debbie DiFalco

I am in Wappingers Falls NY had the feeder up for a week. My first hummer visited this morning about 5:30 am and again at 7:45pm tonight! Very dark green with white on throat! So happy!

Debbie Mander

Feeder is out and am patiently waiting for my little friends to return....can't wait to see my first hummer! We are in Penfield NY in the Rochester area.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Hi LullaBelle, thanks for feeding the hummingbirds into October. I'll try to answer all your questions:
Is this normal? Oct is later than normal but not impossible in upstate NY.
He stayed all weekend feeding about every 10 minutes . I left today and he was still there . Is it possible he was left behind? Hummingbirds don't migrate in flocks so he wasn't really "left behind". They have to have enough fat on their body for each leg of the journey. It must know he needs more fat and is eating up until he reaches that point.
Is it possible he would stay and survive? It would probably not survive in upstate NY, but as long as he moves on south, he can continue to take advantage of feeders and remaining insects to gain the strength to complete the migration.


It's crazy , I have a country home upstate NY and go there on weekends from the city. I have beautiful bummers every summer for the past 15 years . I document the arrival and departure dates every year . Always arrive in early May and leave in sept. On October 2 my husband and I went to put away our summer things . And the feeders were empty and I was about to bring them in to clean and store them away and there was a Hummer!! Is this normal ? He stayed all weekend feeding about every 10 minutes . I left today and he was still there . Is it possible he was left behind ? I'm so sad , just thinking about his migration trip he may gave missed. Is it possible he would stay and survive .? If anyone knows please enlighten me . Thank you my friends.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Evelyn, in Tarrytown NY (about 2 hours from me) I would've thought that you would have hummingbirds throughout the summer, from early May until mid-September or so. Make sure your nectar is CLEAR and changed often.
As far as abundance and weather, a very good growing year increases hummingbirds' natural food sources, which in turn, can reduce the visits to your feeder.
Thanks for commenting and stop back in often. If you're ever up in Saratoga, be sure to visit our shop!

Evelyn M.

We saw our first hummingbird on August 21 here in Tarrytown, NY, this year. We usually see them - very few visit us, unfortunately - at the beginning of August. I was wondering if the incredibly cool summer we are having had affected them. We had our first ripe tomato on August 25th, and they usually ripen in mid-July. No indication of any global warming in my neck of the woods.

renee baxter

i see posts that are similar to what i've been thinking. i was afraid to think that it's true, but there ARE fewer hummers !! this is sad since i've heard that climate change, etc are starting to wipe them out. that is more than a tragedy if it's true -- it's a crime. i'm devastated. it's the humans that should go exctinct; they've made a mess of everything and have wiped out so many beautiful species. God gave us a beautiful world, and we've ruined it.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Judy, it sounds like you're doing all the right things by planting lots of nectar-rich plants. With the summer weather as it's been, there are lots of natural nectar sources and protein sources (spiders and other small insects, which hummingbirds love) around for them to eat. Also, mom hummingbirds have been busy tending to the nest all on her own, so her visits to the feeder may be fewer. When the young fledge, you'll probably see an increase.
Unfortunately, we sometimes lose our "resident" hummingbirds to natural causes, but new hummingbirds will always take their place if the food and habitat are right.
Be sure to keep your nectar fresh and feeder clean. And be patient! Good luck!


Last year I put up feeders and attracted hummers although it was July when I put them up. this year 2014, I am getting the occasionl visitor, very sporadic. Did the harsh winter interfere? I was hoping to increase my hummingbirds. Have 2 feeders. I have planted a wonderful hummingbird garden full of lobelia and salvia. Last year they seemed to love3 my winter Hibiscus and my cosmos which are not blooming yet. Is is a bad year or do I need to be patient? I put up the feeders in late April. thanks for your help!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ron and Esperanza, here in upstate New York we see mostly the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. They can look black (versus green) and the male's throat can also look black (versus red) depending on how the light hits it. That's probably what you're seeing, though it is not entirely impossible to see Rufous Hummingbirds, though those rarities usually occur in fall. Thanks for the report!!
Melvin, life IS good when the hummingbirds are around. Thanks for the report from Mt. Kisco!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Tom, all birds and other wildlife do go through cycles. Or perhaps your resident hummingbirds did not successfully make the migration trip. You're doing the right thing by keeping your feeders out and clean. Hopefully some will return for you soon!


Maunt kisko ny the hummers arrive May 11
I have the feeders ready! Life is good

Ron Gerardi

Hi my feeder is very busy on a good day every 5min a dusk or early AM ruby throat, small brown ,few green breast Wappingers Falls Hudson Valley NY. Ron And Esperanza


I'm in Newark, NY and there seem to be fewer hummers this year than in past years. Usually we have 3 or 4 regulars, but this year is different, there's been one regular male Rubythroat and several occasional female "visitors" who feed and then disappear. I've heard similar reports from Bristol NY and Webster NY. Have 4 clean feeders out, keeping my fingers crossed.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Michael, right on time!! Thanks for the report from Armenia NY.

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