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Monday, June 8, 2009

Is too late to put up a hummingbird feeder?

While the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds have settled into their territories to nest by now, every bird is always foraging and may appreciate a new reliable backup feeder. You may also notice in late June newly fledged hummers have to check out everything to see if it's food, so you may catch them with new feeders.

Then starting in the middle of July males begin to wander widely, and some are already heading south. So, before you know it you'll have hungry southbound migrants to feed! Migration continues through the middle of October so there are plenty of opportunities to see hummers feeding. The migration south is a more leisurely trip than the race north. So you may see these new hummers at your feeder for a couple weeks before they catch a good wind to move further south.


Kara S said...

Definitely put out a feeder. It's never too late! We actually have a couple of new hummingbirds that arrived this past week. Others have been here for 6 weeks or so.

Seri said...

I finally got my first hummingbird last week. Unfortunately, my feeder was attacked by a squirrel and damaged so I had taken it down. It was cool to watch the hummingbird check out my flowers though! I will have to replace the feeder asap.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

If it was one of our WBU Saucer style hummingbird feeders it probably has a lifetime guarantee. Bring it back in to any Wild Birds Unlimited store and see if we can fix it.