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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:08 pm 
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I was visiting friends with my wife this afternoon and their hummingbird has been very busy the past few days. She asked me a common question - when should she take down her hummingbird feeder?

Hummingbird migration is more closely tied to the amount of daylight than it is too temperature. A good rule of thumb is to leave your feeder up 2 weeks past the last time you saw a hummingbird.

Many people in Texas are now keeping a hummingbird feeder up all winter. You may not see any hummers, or you may get a unusual species, such as the Rufous Hummingbird.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:58 am 
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Isn't it kind of "dangerous" to keep feeder up all winter? Dangerous in that some birds may hang around longer than they should, and potentially die?

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Hi Sandi,

No, it's not dangerous to leave your hummingbird feeders up. As Godzilla posted, their desire to migrate is triggered by the amount of daylight, not the availability of food.

I have not seen any hummers in a week! But, my feeders will stay up at least through Oct and if I see any activity they'll stay up longer.

I have family in Michigan and they have not had any hummingbirds for 1 week, since Sept 23rd. I promised my family I'll keep my feeders out so "their" hummers will have a stop-over place with fresh nectar. lol

I'm waiting too for a Rufous!


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