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Old 07-03-2019, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Canada
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What a nice story about a man who helps wildlife. He rescued a hummingbird and it has returned back to his yard for four years now.

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While other patients come and go, the little hummingbird named Buzz just kept returning to his old friend, year after year.
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/an...eturns-georgia
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Old 07-03-2019, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Love how they remember who helps them and who feeds them each year....
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:05 PM
 
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Years ago, I had a feeder hanging on my deck. Even though I haven't hung it up in several years, every year I get some hummingbirds who come to the exact same spot where the hanger used to be. They look around for it, then take off again.

They have very good memories.
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Old 07-06-2019, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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That's one of the reasons it's so important to have your feeders up by the same time every year. They will return where they had good feeding grounds (frequently with young following) but if the feeders aren't there when they return, they'll go elsewhere. That's how to build up a sizeable population. I know in N. Alabama we had to have our feeders up by March 13th every yr. There might only be 1 bird for a while, but the feeder needs to be there for them to stay.
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Old 07-07-2019, 12:05 PM
 
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That's one of the reasons it's so important to have your feeders up by the same time every year. They will return where they had good feeding grounds (frequently with young following) but if the feeders aren't there when they return, they'll go elsewhere. That's how to build up a sizeable population. I know in N. Alabama we had to have our feeders up by March 13th every yr. There might only be 1 bird for a while, but the feeder needs to be there for them to stay.

My feeder is gone because I planted flowers for them instead, which they do use. They especially like the honeysuckle I planted for them. I haven't abandoned them.



But the ones that used the feeder years ago still remember it.
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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My feeder is gone because I planted flowers for them instead, which they do use. They especially like the honeysuckle I planted for them. I haven't abandoned them.



But the ones that used the feeder years ago still remember it.

Well, obviously, that works too!
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Old Today, 04:56 AM
 
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Actually, while it is amazing and sweet that this hummingbird would return to this guy’s hand, migrating birds very frequently return to exactly the same spot where they wintered or bred the previously year whether.

I almost didn’t post this because the story is so wonderful, but I did. Sorry????
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Old Today, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Actually, while it is amazing and sweet that this hummingbird would return to this guy’s hand, migrating birds very frequently return to exactly the same spot where they wintered or bred the previously year whether.

I almost didn’t post this because the story is so wonderful, but I did. Sorry????

I don't reckon it's a problem. I basically said it in post #4 without saying it, lol.
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Old Today, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Great story OP. Thanks for posting. Did you read about this one?

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-...-miles-7521464

It’s a tough world out there for wild things and a little bit of kindness can be remembered for a lifetime.
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Old Today, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Great story OP. Thanks for posting. Did you read about this one?

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-...-miles-7521464

It’s a tough world out there for wild things and a little bit of kindness can be remembered for a lifetime.
Another awesome animal story. Thanks for sharing.

Animals are SO much more intelligent than we think. It's been proven in so many cases.
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