Sunday, September 28, 2008

They are Still Visiting....

Our little hummingbird friends are still visiting, but I know they will be flying on soon. I had always heard to take down your feeders, as leaving them up would encourage them to stay. Hummingbirds migrate in response to the decreasing length of daylight. The Oklahoma information I found was to keep up your feeders for a couple of weeks after you have seen the last hummer, in case any stragglers come through. They'll certainly appreciate the food when natural resources are low.


Our feeders are still up, but I'm taking this moment to say "bye my little feathered friends", I'll see you again in April.
Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.

27 comments:

Dawn said...

You took some wonderful photos. I don't know too much about birds and I'm always embarrassing myself with my lack of knowledge!!

I'm sure your hummingbirds will return in the spring waiting to see the feeders full, welcoming them back to your home.

take care,
Dawn

Neabear said...

Hummingbirds are fun to watch. My mom would put up a feeder every year. I think she still does. Maybe next year I will put up my own. We did see one come and visit my flowers one day, but did not have the camera handy to get a picture. Darn.

Caren said...

I've heard that about the feeders too. I didn't realize we had many hummingbirds here in PA but a friend of mine says if we put out feeders (next summer of course) that they'll come. I look forward to trying it...those little guys sure are cute!

Ashlie said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for a week or two and it's so lovely! I've even gotten halfway through making my first ragamuffin garland! I just love all the beautiful things you tell us about! And, I'm getting ready to take down my hummingbird feeder too. I put it up kind of late and have only seen a few birds but I hope they remember me in the spring! Ha! Have a wonderful day. Thanks for being a bright spot in blogland!

Jeanne said...

Darlene, Your header is so festive and perfect for fall. I really do not know how to do that. One day maybe. Your hummingbirds are amazing caught in mid air like that. We have fewer hummers each day. I will heed your words and leave the feeder up a while longer. I adore those little birds.

Have a great Sunday...Jeanne

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hi Darlene,
Love your hummingbird photos. What you wrote is so true-To leave your feeders up for two weeks after you see the last hummer feeding-We don't do that here in Western Washington though-We keep them up year round because we have year round hummers (Can you believe that? Crazy) I have photos of them in the snow! But IF we do get snow it's only for 2 days. Alot of my hummers are feeding like mad right now-These are the ones that will take off for the winter.
I don't know what it is about hummingbirds but they bring me great joy-They are like little miracles flying around!
Have a great day!
Robin~♥

nikkicrumpet said...

I so love hummingbirds...they are the most fun to watch. I also heard you were supposed to keep the feeders up so the mirgrating birds could still feed. Great pictures!

Melissa Wertz said...

Love the little birds.

paintinpatti said...

How sweet. I love hummingbirds. It's been so hot here this summer, I feared the mix would ferment. Your post is encouraging me to put out my feeders when the weather cools off. Very nice pictures, too!

HeathahLee said...

Yesterday we watched a local outdoors show and they interviewed a man close to where I live that had an albino hummingbird visit. She stayed around for several days until someone from the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs was to come out to band her. The day before they were to come, she disappeared! I guess she didn't want anyone knowing her comings and goings! : )

We have one feeder but plan on putting out at least two more next year. They were swarming the guy's feeders like bees at a hive. I can't wait!

Katie said...

Great pictures, I'm totally impressed!!!

Songbirdtiff said...

I love hummingbirds! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Nola @ AlamoNorth said...

Hi Darlene, Thanks for stopping by my blog. You got great photos of the hummer! I'm down her in Texas (zone 8A) and yesterday there were 7 hummingbirds in my back yard; usually there are only 3 or 4, so I think they must be starting south. I have hummingbird vines (aka red cypress vines, cardinal climber vines) all over my back fence, and that's where they feed. If you have space and something for them to climb on, scatter some of those seeds next spring. They give lots of color and the birds love them!

thestonerabbit said...

You got the BEST photos, Darlene! Our feeders were OVERFLOWING with bees, so I had my husband curtail refilling them. We have the feeders out in the front, and it was dangerous trying to make it to the driveway from the front door! We only had a couple of little hummers--I'm certain they found food at another nearby home. Dana

Michelle said...

I love watching these little birds..great pictures too:)

Lisa & Gerald said...

Oh I love hummingbirds too! They are so peaceful to watch all day at my parent's place!
Hope you have a great night!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Darlene,
I love hummingbirds! I didn't even put up any feeders this year, and they came anyway!
I planted a red salvia called 'lipstick'...they loved it!
diane

Lisa Ann said...

Wow! Those are great photos. Humingbirds aren't easy to capture.

Ruth Ann said...

Hi Darlene! I love your blog, and am in the process of creating my own blog. I was wondering if I could get your permission to place a link to your blog under my favorites? Thanks so much and keep up the great work!

-Ruth Ann

duchess said...

Great pictures. They are usually so hard to capture.
I love how nosey hummingbirds are.
They'll fly right up to your face sometimes.

Angie said...

Hi Darlene!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting! I remember reading yours before for Pink Saturday! I remember the pictures of your adorable furbabies! I am always sad to see the hummingbirds go, too...I so look forward to watching them at the feeder..they are truly beautiful and graceful. And Fast!!! How did you capture a picture? Lucky girl!

~Angie

The Berry's Patch said...

Your pictures of the hummingbird turned out great. I tried taking pictures but they turn out blurry. I just love them though. Every time I see one my heart skips a beat. There is something amazing about them. :-)

Chic and Charming said...

what fantastic pictures! I love hummingbirds and I've not seen one in forever!

Cottage Rose said...

Wow Darlene; you took some very amazing photos of your humming bird. they are so great what a great job and timing.

Have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Carol said...

Darlene,
I love hummingbirds. Thanks for the info on your blog. I saw a little hummer at one of my feeders this afternoon. I sat on the deck for a while with my camera waiting to see if I could snap a picture. No such luck, I'm hoping maybe tomorrow when I have more time.
Carol * in Oklahoma

A Hint of Home said...

Those are great photos. You gave me information about the birds that I didn't realize. Thanks!

Astrid said...

My hummingbirds are gone. Sniff, sniff! My garden hummed all summer long with those tiny birds darting here and there and now they've up and left me. I should have kept track of how many pounds of sugar I used to make their food this summer.

I'm going to make one of those rag garlands! I'm too excited to try!