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The Hummingbirds Are Gone Now

By SongofJoy
October 24, 2011

It always makes me a little melancholy when I realize that the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have left here on their annual fall migration to southern Mexico, Central America, and even as far away as South America.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Oct 23, 2011 6:12 PM CST
Aww Tee, I'm going to miss these little guys too. Lovey dubby

I so enjoy them and we had LOTS of them this year.

I only saw one ruby throated though.

Thank you for your story and awesome photos Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Oct 24, 2011 3:44 AM CST
Thank you, Vic, for taking time to comment.

What kind of hummers do you have?
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Oct 24, 2011 5:43 AM CST
I don't know Tee Confused Confused

I will tell you the story on the ruby throated one. It's very sad. It was the week before Easter. Hank found a ruby throated hummer on the driveway with a broken wing. Between the vet and google, we did everything we could to save her including fixing her wing. She lived for two days and then died. I just sobbed when she died. We buried her in one of the gardens. She was so tiny and innocent. It broke my heart that we couldn't save her.

The other hummers we see are brown? We had SO many this year that sometimes I was filling the feed 2 times in one week and it's a big feeder.
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 24, 2011 9:29 AM CST
Vic, try this:

http://www.rubythroat.org/ChecklistsUSStatesMain.html

Nevermind that it says Ruby Throat
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Oct 24, 2011 9:37 AM CST
What an awesome site Tee - thank you so much.

I looked at everyone from North Carolina and I did see some of the hummers that came through this summer.

I didn't know about the vagrants either.

Thanks again! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Oct 24, 2011 10:46 AM CST
I know you meant Ann, Vic.

Yes, that's a very useful site. Smiling Thanks for posting it, Ann.
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vic
Oct 24, 2011 11:10 AM CST
Yes I did - I'm so sorry Ann *Blush* *Blush*

What can I say---It's Monday Blinking
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 24, 2011 11:23 AM CST
Yes, it is. Glare
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 24, 2011 11:42 AM CST
No worries; I do the same thing myself.
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LindaTX8
Oct 24, 2011 12:40 PM CST
They're still here as of yesterday when I saw two of those awesome little creatures! I do worry about them...Texas is not the best place to migrate through this year. By the end of the summer, insects were practically nonexistent. But some returned in fall...I know the hummers need the protein from small insects to fortify them for the rest of their migration. And of course, I kept my hummer plants going the best I could. Fortunately, the Flame Acanthus is still blooming pretty good...that surprised me, thought it would be done by now. Thanks for the article...excellent! BTW, I notice that Texas is tied for number of hummingbird species with Arizona...at 18!

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 24, 2011 2:01 PM CST
That's an encouraging picture, Linda. Maybe that's why I seem to have more melancholy about the hummers than usual this year. They do say the migration will be especially tough for them because of that drought.
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Oct 24, 2011 2:03 PM CST
Beautiful plant - thank you for posting it Thumbs up

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