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#1 backyardbirdgirl


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 12:10 AM

Hi, want to know if anyone in my area, Southern CA puts away their Hummingbird feeders during the winter.  I never have but do notice there are fewer hummers in the winter.  Should I put them away to force the little guys to go to San Diego?


Also, health wise, am I feeding too many birds??  Here are a few photos.  I had a black bird with a red head coming around but he doesn't come by anymore.  I'm wondering if its because the feeders are too crowded.  Also the yellow hooded oriole is gone, only see 2 of the females.  


I should also mention the doves fight-am I creating monster birds??



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#2 Sam Ewing

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:53 PM

I would recommend keeping up your hummer feeders throughout the winter.  I'd also recommend keeping up the rest of your feeders as well.  I'd just keep them all up and see what comes to them.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 10:23 PM

I have a friend in Southern California and last winter she kept the hummingbird feeders up. She always had a few visitors. If the weather suits and there is a food source for them, why not just keep them up? :) We have a lot of feeders, but they are spread out a bit. We go in spurts with numbers of birds. Right now they are way down. Just keep your feeders clean and you should be fine.

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 11:30 AM

I have far fewer birds right now than last month. It appears the Orioles are now gone (both hooded and Bullock's) and I did not see the black-headed grosbeaks yesterday. I have more local birds of the finch (house and lessser) types now after nesting season and of course the other locals moutain chickadee and oak titmouse, western scrub jay and acorn woodpecker, band-tailed pigeon and mourning dove, but even the towhees seem fewer.


Soon, though, the juncos and white-crowned sparrows will return (I hope).


I have taken down one hummer feeder, but still have six up, and my neighbor (who I set up!), still has her two out. So everything is still well taken care of. I will keep all the other feeders up (but probably will remove another two hummer feeders eventually as winter sets in and visitors (black-chinned and migrating roufous) leave. But we have Anna's all year (I really don't know about year-around Allen's at this point... we will see!).


Eventually, the suet will go back out, too.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:24 PM

I agree that you should keep the feeders up. You're likely only to get Allen's and Anna's (depending on how inland you are) during the winter because the Black-chinned have left. 


During the winter you can get all sorts of new birds to come to your feeders if you keep them up. Most notably are White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos.

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