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September 08, 2015

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The Zen Birdfeeder

Judy, it's late but there are still a few hummingbirds hanging out in LA in early November, according to eBird.
Lucky You!

Judy

I recently went on vacation and upon my return a hummingbird was still coming to my garden. I live in Louisiana and when I left for vacation I was somewhat upset because I really didn't think I would see another one upon my return. It is November 4, 2015 and I was so excited!!!!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Earl, great sighting of a hummer in Queensbury on 9/24! Resident males typically leave our area in August. Keep watching - you never know!
Marie, welcome to the world of feeding the birds. Fall hummingbirds are hard to tell male from female. Adult males will always have the red throat; young males may or may not show streaking where the throat will grow in later.
Goldfinch populations vary widely as they move around quite a bit.
Keep checking here to learn more about birds and have fun!

Marie Alice

Hi! Just started bird watching - so I am very new but excited. I live in Memphis Tennessee. I noticed humming birds are still here - sorry to say I am still learning the sexes so not for sure yet - but seems the rest of the birds are gone. Their were lots of cardinals but the last week I have not seen any. Plus lots of golden finches but they have dwindled in number too.
I need to learn more. So excited.

Earl

Saw a female hummingbird today on our honeysuckle. However, it's been a long time since we saw another one. We have not seen any males in over a month.
Our siting of the hummingbird today was in Queensbury, NY

The Zen Birdfeeder

Earl, Good sighting! I'm still watching, just northwest of you. My last hummingbird was 9/10 now.

Earl

We saw a female hummingbird at our feeder in Queensbury today.

lou

thank you. i live 20 miles south of Raleigh,NC.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen, that is interesting! I wonder if elevation plays a part as well.
Lou, at this time of year, birds often decline at your birdfeeders as they eat abundant natural food sources. I assume that's what is happening in your yard. Don't worry, they'll return as those natural sources deplete.
Joyce, yeah those little chippies can be a noisy lot. But think how quiet our yards would be without them!

Joyce

My trees were "crazy" with Chipping Sparrows this year. I hate to complain, but the twittering really got to me, I had so many. BUT, that will not stop me from feeding my birdies!

lou

i live in wake county,NC. haven't seen any birds in my backyard since mid july . hoping for a return soon.

Ellen

Interesting! I don't live all that far from you, Nancy, but we had about two dozen Chipping Sparrows in the yard yesterday, and a feisty male hummingbird chased an Eastern Wood-Pewee off the line where he likes to perch. On the other hand, I haven't seen any adult male Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks here in quite some time.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Naomi, birds, including hummingbirds, will almost always prefer natural food sources over artificial, especially if they bred in an area that had no birdfeeders out (a distinct possibility!) Just keep the nectar fresh. As natural food sources deplete, feeders will become more attractive to them.
Stephanie, I'm happy for your new bird. Probably one on its migratory journey. Thanks for reporting in!
Elaine, how wonderful to have such a treasure trove of notes! I know I like to look back on mine, and they only go back a couple decades. Hold on to and treasure those notes!! Thanks for sharing.

Elaine Snow

Down here in Alabama, we have hummers til around the first week in October! My mother and father were big birders and Mom even helped with banding down in the Bon Secour Preserve on the Gulf Coast. I am still recording my sightings and last bird notes in their copy of Alabama Birds, so there are notes beginning in the '60s.

stephanie szpytek

I live in Michigan and the first time I saw the Grosbeak was last week.

Naomi

Funny, we still have female hummingbirds in the yard, but they're feeding on flowers and ignoring the feeder.

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