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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Leaving Soon

She takes a break
after chasing 3 travelers away.

I would say they're migrating south.
Our resident female is very territorial.
The latest we ever saw any hummers was Oct.10 here in NJ.
I've been told not to leave the feeders up that late,
since you want them to go south before it gets cold.
The lowest temperture was last night at 50 degrees.


  1. You don't have to worry about the hummers staying because you leave the feeder up. When the instinct to migrate kicks in, they will leave. Keeping the feeders up will actually help provide much needed food for the others migrating.

    We normally leave our feeders up for about 2 weeks after we have seen the last hummer, just in case there are some stragglers.

  2. I'm not sure what to do about the feeders. I used to hear to take them down, but in the last few years there have been some late travelers going through and now we're advised (in our area) to leave them up longer. Wonderful pix! Have a nice day! Cameron

  3. SWEET little birds!

    I wanted to share with you that Martha is having a blog contest. Perhaps you'd like to join in!

    You can read about it HEREand post a comment.
    Have fun!

  4. Yes, I believe you're right about leaving the feeders up.
    I have to find a few pics and post them when it was down to 40 degrees at night for over a week and this one hummer wouldn't leave.

    So Martha Steward has a blog.
    I think I'm too new to be in any contest. Hum...

    Thanks everyone.

  5. Great photos! Hummingbirds are so cute...


  6. What a beautiful post......

  7. A good story. And it has so much in it of what makes observing nature meaningful for us. I also learned a lot about hummingbird feeding from these comments! Great pictures.

  8. My feeder is still up and I haven't seen the hummers for the last few days ... so perhaps they have left for warmer climates. Lovely photo


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