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Old 10-13-2017, 03:30 PM
 
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Mine's still up but I haven't seen any recently. They say to leave it up through late October in my area. I have a ton of sugar left anyway and I only really use it to make hummingbird nectar so I will leave my feeder up for a couple more weeks.
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Old 10-16-2017, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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I was thinking the other day, by leaving up hummingbird feeders this late are we encouraging them to stay a bit longer when they should be leaving?
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Old 10-16-2017, 12:54 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I was thinking the other day, by leaving up hummingbird feeders this late are we encouraging them to stay a bit longer when they should be leaving?
It may keep them around a few days longer, but when their internal clock tells them to get out of Dodge they listen. And by keeping the feeders up a little later, you could be saving a few lives of some that got a late start due to bad weather or whatnot.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:42 PM
 
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It may keep them around a few days longer, but when their internal clock tells them to get out of Dodge they listen. And by keeping the feeders up a little later, you could be saving a few lives of some that got a late start due to bad weather or whatnot.
I havenít seen any for quite a few days, but keep hoping. I will keep my feeder up til the end of October, just in case.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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I was thinking the other day, by leaving up hummingbird feeders this late are we encouraging them to stay a bit longer when they should be leaving?
Nope. That's a myth:
https://www.thespruce.com/when-to-ta...feeders-385959
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Old 10-20-2017, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Well, it seemed like a sensible thought.
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Old 10-20-2017, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Well, it seemed like a sensible thought.
Well, if they weren't smart enough to know when to head south, they would have disappeared a long time ago.

I think the myth started when sick hummingbirds, that couldn't make the trip south, would stay around feeders as long as they were left out. I do know of one instance where this happened. The hummingbird ended-up staying in a greenhouse until the following spring.
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Old 10-20-2017, 11:14 PM
 
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Well, if they weren't smart enough to know when to head south, they would have disappeared a long time ago.

I think the myth started when sick hummingbirds, that couldn't make the trip south, would stay around feeders as long as they were left out. I do know of one instance where this happened. The hummingbird ended-up staying in a greenhouse until the following spring.
Awww... thatís so sad. Mine are gone. I miss them. Will take feeder down this weekend...
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Old 10-27-2017, 06:09 PM
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Location: Algood TN
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Haven't seen any for almost three weeks, so brought in the feeder for the winter.

Vaya con Dios little ones; looking forward to seeing you back here in the Spring.
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