I still have a hummer coming to my feeder as late as yesterday(9/9/03). I
will keep an eye out for them today.
>From: John MacArthur <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: last hummingbird dates
>Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 10:38:42 -0400
>Scott Morrical asked:
> >Ruby-throated Hummers that were coming to my feeders all summer
> >not show yesterday, and I suspect they have migrated. Actually they
> >bit longer this year than is typical for my location. I am interested to
> >other observers' "last hummingbird dates" this year if you care to share
>I have been keeping an eye on the same information, and over the years have
>decided that (right here at least) September 7 is the last day, on average.
>This year, the youngsters who were hatched here and have been avidly
>draining the feeder all summer, left on September 4 or 5. On the 7th one
>individual showed up, but it behaved quite differently and I guessed that
>it was a migrant from further north.
>As for the question about taking the feeder down, it seems to me that the
>very fact that the youngsters have left is evidence that they are driven,
>not by food, but by the length of daylight, so it is OK to leave the feeder
>up all winter, if you want. I will leave mine out for at least a few more
>days, just in case a few more hungry migrants come through.
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