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Yep they are some fat little things for sure. They seem really unsure about getting on the feeders, like they havent been on them before, so they circle around a few times before landing. I put out 2 more feeders last night in other areas to handle the rush. I wish I would've had this many during the summer months.

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1 hour ago, MeInDallas said:

Yep they are some fat little things for sure. They seem really unsure about getting on the feeders, like they havent been on them before, so they circle around a few times before landing. I put out 2 more feeders last night in other areas to handle the rush. I wish I would've had this many during the summer months.

If they're migrants, they probably are unsure.  They've spent the summer in the same general areas and know where the threats may come from, where the best perches are to watch the feeders, etc.  Now they're in unfamiliar territory, not staying long enough to get comfortable.

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On 8/14/2019 at 12:12 PM, MeInDallas said:

All of a sudden the population seems to of risen really fast.

I am about two hours east from Dallas, I normally see 5-6 a day. The last two weeks I haven't had any hummingbirds, and I have kept my sugar water fresh but no hummingbirds.

 

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About a month ago I was going thru the same thing, I barely was seeing any at all, and then all of a sudden thats when it exploded like it has. I've got 4 feeders out and they are really sucking it up fast. It's really nice to see, but I cant explain it other than migration has begun. I get a lot during migration time.

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I just looked, and last year I put out my last clean batch of nectar on 9/30/2018 so I would've taken my feeders down 5 days after that.

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My hummingbirds are back. This week I've seen 6 Black- chinned and two Ruby-throated.

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I have a Rofous hummingbird thats taken over one of my feeders. I've never seen one before and I wondered what it had gotten into that made it that color, and then I looked it up 😁😁

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15 minutes ago, MeInDallas said:

And just like that, all my hummingbirds seem to of vanished within a matter of days 😟

That's the way it works.  I have fresh nectar in the fridge but I suspect I've filled my feeders for the last time.  Sept. 20th is pretty late here in central SC.

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26 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

That's the way it works.  I have fresh nectar in the fridge but I suspect I've filled my feeders for the last time.  Sept. 20th is pretty late here in central SC.

Augusta, GA--I think I saw my last bird/s about 2 days ago.

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We're in Vermont and we saw a hummer visiting my cosmos yesterday.  I haven't seen any at my feeder for a while, though.

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Well, first day of autumn.  I refilled the feeders this morning since I still had a batch in the fridge anyway.  Darned if I didn't get two RTHU within an hour.

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Yesterday evening about an hour before dark, my feeders started lighting up with some new hummers that I hadnt seen before. This morning they are still around and already fights have broken out over territory. I was just about to take them down today too, but I'm going to let them stay since the nectar is still clear. They may be gone by tomorrow, who knows! Was happy to see a few more for the end of the season 😁

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