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Old 11-20-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Hummingbirds.

Last year we discovered that if you put a Hummingbird feeder outside the RV, you will get these fantastic creatures close up. We thoroughly enjoyed this.

This year we would like to do this again, but until now we haven't seen any.

We have read somewhere that they travel south to f.x. Mexico for the winter, but can anyone tell us what time of the year they typically go (we do appreciate that it will vary depending on when it gets cold), and also what time of the year they normally return to the southern part of the US?
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:08 PM   #2
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It's just my opinion, but I don't think it is wise to feed to wildlife under any circumstances...
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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Here are some maps showing their arrivals since 1996.

They left Delaware over a month or two ago.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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Good reading on migration here:

Migration Basics
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:29 PM   #5
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Henrik, the fall (south) migration is at its height during September in the Houston area. We still have a couple Rufous Hummingbirds hanging around but the Ruby-throated have long since gone. It was a great year. We had hundreds for several weeks-we used almost tens pounds of sugar making food for them. The poster that commented not to feed wildlife is mistaken regarding birds for sure. If we didn't provide food and water, many would not survive their thousand plus mile migration. Never add red food coloring to the hummers food as this is toxic to their system.

I'm not sure where you are but unless you are near the RioGrande valley you may be out of luck...this trip.

BTW...we also feed 300-400 pounds of sunflower seeds annually.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:54 PM   #6
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The hummingbirds are still here in Phoenix,Az.
I don't think they ever really leave, maybe a little fewer some months but still here.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:19 PM   #7
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I live in the Bay Area in Calif. and we have about 8 feeders around the house.
We have a group of about 5 Hummers that stay around the house all year long.
But two times a year about 12 stop by an hang around for 3 or 4 weeks and then they leave.
Where they go (who knows).
But when they are here we go through around a gallon of food a week.
We keep most of the feeder next to the windows so we can watch them.
We take a feeder with us in the M.H. when we head South to Palm Springs.
Just a thought.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:24 PM   #8
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Hummingbirds feed almost exclusively on nectar. Wherever you are, when the first flowers (especially red ones) bloom in the spring, the hummers will arrive. Likewise, the last of them will depart in the fall when the last blossoms drop.

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We wintered last year January thru March in Parker AZ, had hummers all winter. They are long gone from our stick house in Illinois.
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Ours left here in AR 4-6 weeks ago...
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We don't feed them on the road, however, at our sticks and bricks, we do. They show up here (South Central PA) around tax time and leave by the middle of September (mostly). We start hanging a couple of feeders around the first of April. By the middle of May or beginning of June we are up to "our full potential" of 15 feeders; I've counted over 120 of the little beauties at once. We, on the East coast, only have the Ruby Throated variety, the Rufus is supposedly expanding out this direction, but, we've not seen one here. They really come to the feeders in droves in the evenings and when they are all flitting around, eating and fighting amongst themselves (very territorial) you can't hear yourself talk. We can , and do, sit and watch them for hours; very entertaining.

We don't usually see the nests until we cut a tree down or do some prunning of our nut trees (we have 106 acres in a state forest and have nut trees planted around the house), but, this year we found one that the "lady" had just laid eggs in. We watched the hatchlings grow...quite a treat.
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Henrik,
We have seen them here in Texas City until October, then they seem to dwindle to none. They will be back in the spring and stay until around the same time frame. t least for this area.
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