[CT Birds] How long to keep hummingbird feeders up

Eleanor Linkkila elinkkila at charter.net
Sun Sep 7 08:38:51 EDT 2014


Good idea!  I usually leave a few feeders up until the end of November but 
this year will leave them up even longer.  A few years ago we had a rufous 
arrive around October 14th and she stayed until the 14th of December.  Was 
wonderful.

Eleanor Linkkila, Hampton, CT



-----Original Message----- 
From: Roy Harvey via CTBirds
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2014 8:39 PM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] How long to keep hummingbird feeders up

The CT state checklist* already includes a few hummingbirds besides our 
breeding Ruby-throated: Broad-billed Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird and 
Rufous Hummingbird.  Others are possible!  Massachusetts also has 
Black-chinned Hummingbird.  New York has Anna's Hummingbird.  New Jersey has 
Broad-tailed Hummingbird.  Such strays tend to occur outside the usual 
season for Ruby-throated, and often they are only seen because they use 
feeders kept up and filled by optimistic bird lovers.  With that in mind, 
why not keep at least one feeder up until, perhaps, the end of Christmas 
Bird Count season, January 5th?

New hummingbirds will be added to the CT list over time.  Wouldn't it be fun 
if one was yours?

*(http://www.ctbirding.org/ct_checklist.htm)


Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

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From: Katherine Kuckens via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Saturday, September 6, 2014 6:37 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] How long to keep hummingbird feeders up


Last year (or the year before?) I had a female arrive in September. She
visited my nectar feeders at dusk every day.  Only hummer I saw.  In
October I was getting concerned about her, and in November I started
talking to her about leaving.  Then there was a cold snap and I was really
worried.  But I saw her one more time and then she was gone.

Later I read here that sometimes  juveniles, making the trip south for the
first time, might get lost or tired, and having nectar feeders out could
save their lives.  I believe she was tiny and frail when she arrived, but
as the days went on, she was bolder, tamer, and perhaps fatter.  Hopefully
I provided her with rest and recovery and time to gain strength for the
next leg (or wing) of the journey.

So keep your hummingbird feeders up til they freeze -- cleaned and freshly
refilled often -- you might be the rest stop they need!

Kat Kuckens
West Hartford
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