Carter’s Garden Blog


WHEN do I stop feeding the Hummingbirds?
September 26, 2009, 11:30 am
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I have had a dozen or more people ask me the question ‘When do I STOP feeding my Hummingbirds’ within the last few days. Thats a great question! We have all heard to take the feeders in or the Hummingbirds won’t leave in time and could die. That is actually an old wives tale, they know when to leave and they can actually survive very cold temps. But, they do move on around this time of year.  So WHEN do we take our feeders in?  The best thing to do in my opinion is observe thier habits. You will normally see a big decline in their feeding around the middle to late part of September here in Tennessee. Most of the blooming plants are on their way out and the night time temps are getting cooler by the day. It’s always sad to see them go. Times differ around the country, but here in my neck of the woods, take your feeders in around late September to early October. Some recent advice has been given to me to leave one feeder out through the Winter in case any Western species of Hummingbirds come through the area. Many different species (7 or more) have been spotted in the South in the winter months in the last few years ( Ruby Throated, Rufous, Anna’s, Calliope, Broad Tailed, Allens, Black Chinned). I am going to give it a try this year and see what happens… When you take your other feeders in, give them a thourough cleaning and put them up for next season.

 Now it’s on to FALL!

  ~ Mark Carter


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