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September 12, 2011


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Robert, basically, ruby-throats are it for us, other than a rare, stray Rufous. See you in just a few days at Lakeside!
Will, you're absolutely right. I saw that Rufous last October and was glad that person left their feeder out. It does take dedication because it has to be kept clean and fresh.
MM, I think that's why we enjoy them so much when they're here!

missing moments

I know! I have two that are still coming around sporadically (Philly). I will miss them so!


Also, keep those humminbird feeders up! While the last Ruby-throated Hummingbirds typically depart Eastern New York by about the 10th of October, rare hummingbirds can easily show up in the latter half of October and even into November! Just a year ago a Rufous Hummingbird was in Ballston Spa, didn't arrive until Mid October and wasn't identified until late October. So keep those feeders up and if you see any late October hummingbirds be sure to take a picture and spread the word!

Robert Mortensen

I'm hoping to see at least one in Lakeside, Ohio at the Midwest Birding Symposium. I've never seen a Ruby-throated Hummer before.

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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.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.