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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.

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September 08, 2011

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Bethe

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!

Bethe

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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