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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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March 26, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Marilyn, you're okay with a hummingbird around late September. It's probably a migrant. Keep your feeder up and is helpful and WILL NOT cause them to stay later than they should.


It is September 20, 2012, and I still have at least one Hummingbird, I hope it is ok, aren't they supposed to be gone now? I am west of Saratoga, Town of Broadalbin.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Jim, thanks for reporting in from western NY. You might be a few days ahead of us on the eastern side of the state!

Jim Bittner

May 6, 2012- I just made a batch of nectar and let it cool before placing it in the hummingbird feeder on the shepherds hook. I got a "hit" within a half hour, so the birds have been here a while already. This is in Fredonia, NY, which is 60 mi. west of Buffalo and three mi. from Lake Erie.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Leslie - keep an eye on your (clean and filled) feeders for migrants. Though my residents are gone, my feeders are still busy!

Leslie Wagar

Well, I am sad. It now appears that all my resident hummers are gone! I have so enjoyed seeing them at my window this summer! I knew it was "time" when I was replenishing the food twice a day. The extra energy I provided before their migration will hopefully ensure a safe trip to warmer climates. Can't wait till they return next spring! God Speed my little friends!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Kathleen - thanks for your comment and your reminder to only use CLEAR nectar.
However, I have to strongly emphasize that hummingbirds DO NOT become dependent on our feeding them. Nectar feeders we put out are supplemental food sources and birds WILL FIND OTHER FOOD SOURCES if we discontinue our feeding.
Thanks again for your visit and for your concern for the hummingbirds.


Hummingbirds are just sooo tiny and delightful...if you are going to feed them be POSITIVE to only use a sugur mixture as coloring the water can HARM them as well as their offspring...always remeber to replentish their supply of food as they NOW depend on you for food

Hummingbird Feeders

Mother's Day to Labor Day is very accurate for central Indiana also. Can't wait until they come and so sad when they leave. Thanks for the photos.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Andrea - good report. If you MUST keep the garage door open, cover your red door pull or paint it a different color.

Andrea Shova

Well I am well into feeding all of my hummers!! There are starting to be several of them. I have rescued about 5 out of the garage and I do keep the door closed but I will be sitting there and they fly right in, so the garage door is always kept closed. They are so amazing, and all day long they fly from the front of my house to the back!!! I have 9 feeders out so far!! and I figure on apx. 20 hummers so far. There will be several more after the little ones hatch out!!!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Andyshova - mine aren't back either. Reports are coming in though!


No hummers to report yet, I am getting nervous!!!!I thought they would have been here by now 5/5/10. I will let everyone know as soon as one arrives

The Zen Birdfeeder

Andyshova and Grammie - Please drop us a note when they arrive!


I just put out a feeder today. I live 30 miles North of Binghamton. Will let you know when they arrive !! I can't wait. I love my hummers !


I am anxiously awaiting the return of my hummers! I put out 2 feeders on Sunday 4/25 so I will let you know when they arrive to my Syracuse NY home!

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