Yesterday was September 25th and we still had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the feeders!
A couple weeks ago, I posted some Parting Shots in anticipation of their departure, and they seemed to be gone on September 13th. Then on September 22nd, we saw one again, and again on the 23rd, and still again on the 25th.
The latest we've seen one before was September 18th, so this is the latest by 7 days!
So I still have a couple feeders out, keeping them clean and partially filled with fresh nectar. I'll keep it out for at least a couple more weeks. I don't have to worry that I'm causing birds to stay later than they should - that's an old wives' tale that just won't die.
In fact, I may even keep it up well into October just in case a wandering Rufous Hummingbird makes its way into the area. What a treat THAT would be!