Q: Is it true that hummingbirds that visit my feeder will not migrate if I leave my feeder up in the fall?
A: No. This is another in a long line of bird myths. Birds are genetically programmed to migrate when their internal "clocks" tell them to do so. They will depart when the time is right whether your feeders are up or not. Leaving your feeders up in fall and getting them up early in spring may help early or late migrants that are passing through your area.
Reprinted from the Summer 2005 edition of WBU BIRDTracks®