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September 08, 2011


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Leslie Neville

9-29-16 I have lots of hummingbirds here still in Tremont, Illinois. I enjoy them so much..thanks for the info. They are not migrating yet.. I have never seem them so late in the year.

The Zen Birdfeeder

J, just keep that feeder up and clean. If it gets cold (below freezing), a light hung nearby may keep the nectar from freezing. Nothing else you can do but lend a helping hand. Thanks for sharing and for helping out the little straggler.


It is mid November and one of my hummingbirds is still here. The nights are getting colder here in Northern, Ca. Is there anything I can do besides keep my feeders clean and full?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Annie, that is interesting! Typically, in areas experiencing prolonged, multiple year drought, hummingbird activity is reduced at feeders as hummingbirds avoid areas that are devoid of nectar plants. They will not take a chance on nesting in areas with such extreme conditions.
But if hummingbirds are migrating through southern California right now, nectar feeders may be their only source of nectar and your yard may be an oasis for them until they move on.
I apologize that I am not super familiar with the migration timing and behaviors of your local hummingbirds. In the meantime, enjoy the show!


I live in San Jose, California and we are in a drought with water restrictions. Could this be the reason why I have more hummingbirds than ever before and more and more coming in daily? I used to have 2 feeders up and about 20 birds visiting regularly. This year I have had to put up 4 feeders and they are still not coping with the numbers - I have about 30 feeding and 50 fighting to get a spot most of the day. I am going through half a gallon of sugar water a day. They also seem far more aggressive..........so much dive-bombing & noise going on as they flock around the feeders - normaL?


Thank you! I was really worried. Also, there is one more h-bird here as well. Hope they stick together and make it to a nice warm winter place.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Bethe, when you saw the bird upside down, it was in a state of "torpor", when they slow their metabolism down to save energy. They rev back up in the morning to start feeding.
Like I advised Jackie B., keep your hummingbird feeder up, clean and fresh to continue to help your hummingbird fatten up for the next leg of its journey. Your feeder is helping it do that. Your bird will move on when it has enough fat on it to leave. Thanks for taking good care of it!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Jackie B.- keep your hummingbird feeder up, clean and fresh to continue to help your hummingbird. It is trying to fatten up for the next leg of its journey, and your feeder is helping it do that. It'll move on when it has enough fat on it to leave. Thanks for taking good care of it!


Oct 7, 2013
This morning I noticed the last hummingbird hanging upside down on the feeder. She is obviously weak and cold. It rained yesterday and it's 50 degrees out this a.m. Why didn't she migrate? I don't know what to do with her. Help!

Jackie B

It is now October 6, 2013, it has been in the mid forties the past few nights. I live in Iowa. I have one hummingbird I see every once in a while during the day. It has been rainy the past three days. Why isn't he going South? Several weeks ago I had bunches of 7 to 9 hummingbirds at the feeders at various times during the day for about a week, I imagine they were migrating.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Christine, they will leave when they have enough fat on them to make the next segment. I am in upstate New York and have had a hummingbird as late as the end of September!

Christine Honeycutt

Are there any cases where a hummingbird will NOT migrate? Its mid september and just about all of them have left but one or two. One of them that I KNOW is the same one thats been here all season and hasn't left yet.

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