Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Hummingbirds - seasonal or year round?

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Feb 22, 2016 12:44 PM CST
I am told that hummingbirds can be year-round in my area (Pacific Northwest) but don't find it to hold true for me. My normal range is March-September or thereabouts. I splurged on a new feeder this year and filled it last week. Today I've seen a couple (or perhaps the same one) visiting it, which is early for me. My previous feeder had an soft green glass container, and this one is bright red glass (and larger). I am hoping the big red globe will catch the eye of little guys a bit better than the green one. Strangely, my neighbor around the corner (perhaps 2 miles away) has better success with year-round hummers. Perhaps he has a more protected feeding area than I do. Or maybe I take my feeders down too early - it just seems that by late August I get very few actual hummers and I worry that the hot temps make the solution go skunky.
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LindaTX8
Feb 22, 2016 1:10 PM CST
That reminds me...I should put a feeder up soon...I know they've turned up the first week of March in the past! I've had a hummer or two hanging around in winter a few years, but last couple of years, none. My plum tree has started blooming a bit and also Carolina Jessamine, so spring's started to make an appearance! Just hope it'll rain tonight...been really dry!
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cliftoncat
Feb 27, 2016 4:12 PM CST
I love these little birds - and hope that all of you who are lucky enough to be visited by hummingbirds will post lots and lots of photos! Lovey dubby Thumbs up

purslanegarden
Mar 1, 2016 4:41 PM CST

I think what you experienced is that there are migratory hummingbirds that you have read about or that may come through your area, then you also have the ones that are not migratory and are native to that area, or at least don't migrate as far.

I had my feeders up all through October and November, but saw no sign of the birds for those two months, so I took them down for the winter. Time to put them back up!



Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Mar 7, 2016 11:30 PM CST
This is our second year for an overwintering female ruby throat hummingbird--last year was the first time we had one and it was so much colder than this year. We can only speculate that she is the same one. We call her Birdie Girl and we see her quite often at the feeder during the day. I change out her feeder about every week--I don't like it staying up that long. We should see the return of the other hummers about the first of April. Hard to believe that is less than a month away, this year is already going by quickly.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 12, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Worried that I haven't seen any hummies yet! I know there has been a few reports of ruby's spotted in central Texas, so I keep a feeder where it can be watched from in the house. Just wondering how that horrible storm down in Mexico is affecting the migration of hummingbirds. Hopefully, it'll just slow things down, hate to think it'll kill some!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 15, 2016 5:10 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

One at the feeder now...a boy!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 19, 2016 4:24 PM CST
And this evening, I see a girl! Wonder if they're the same species, wonder if they're just getting well nourished until they move on...hmm! When will nests be prepared?
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Mar 20, 2016 4:07 PM CST
It will be awhile but I am ready for them to be in KY!! My first ones are here about the 1-2nd wk of April.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 21, 2016 11:44 AM CST
Hummingbirds stay year round in my area. Just so territorial though. Love them a lot! Just got them a better looking hummingbird feeder..so am going to watch later if they will like it.
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AlyssaBlue
Mar 28, 2016 11:27 AM CST
I've wondered, how do you really know it's the same bird? We lived in southern CA for a quite a while. Hummingbirds would hang around during summer, then disappear for a few days to about a week in October. Then they'd show up again. I always thought the ones who showed up after the pause, were from up north, moving to a warmer area towards winter time, and that ours had gone south. Then sometime in February, there would be another week's pause, and hummingbirds were at the feeder again (heading north).

Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 28, 2016 11:34 AM CST
I don't know if they are always the same bird, or batch of them, but they are promptly here between 11 am and 2 pm always, or I hear them making their usual noisy up on the trees. Smiling
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Apr 12, 2016 4:09 PM CST
I have Alan's, Anna's, and a few Black chinned that stay year round here, so keep the feeders up. They are on them at first light, and the mob is frantic at dusk to tank up for the night. It gets pretty crazy when the migratory ones come through. Unfortunately, I can't get pictures very often because of the feeder locations/light.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 12, 2016 6:03 PM CST
Female hummer, then a Scott's Oriole pair using the feeder! I posted on the bird thread also.
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Apr 12, 2016 6:50 PM CST
Great Pictures! That's the same feeder my Hooded Orioles are partial to...though they are angry with me for replacing the bee guards. They still manage to slop enough out to lap up. Sighing!
Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Apr 18, 2016 8:04 PM CST
We had such a mild winter the salvias never stopped blooming so the hummers have been around for a bit and they don't go to the feeders
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