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Hummingbird Migration Habits (refueling)

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I have feed one family of Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds for the last ten years.  Firstly, just a mating pair; then, a male offspring joined the yearly journey; and this year, two more offspring stayed until September 30th and are now South.

I searches for information regarding Hummer activity while migrating and found nothing.  I'm curious whether they stop off to "refuel" when they migrate south.  I keep filling nectar feeders until October 15th, usually, however, I an not sure whether I am wasting my time in doing so, after my family leaves.  Any input?  Thanks

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From your location in Delaware, they do stop and refuel.  My resident hummingbirds in MS have all left, and I have quiet a few juvenile males and females still feeding at my feeders who are migrants.  At one point, I had 70 filling up at my feeders.  You are much farther north, so your migrants should be done at this time of year.  My last few (10ish today) should be gone within the next 2 weeks (at most) and make the big non-stop trip across the gulf to central america.

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I had a late visitor for much of last week, up until Sunday, the 15th. That night it cooled off significantly, and I haven't seen another hummie since. I took this shot last Friday, the 13th. I wonder if there are any other strays, or if she will be my last of the season.

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I had one a few days ago. I was thinking they had all gone, but I think it was just a quick fly by re-fuel. This is my first year feeding, so not sure when or if I should take it down. I've been reading on the internet that some southern areas have a few all winter. I might be too far north in my state for that though, I dont know. I see one now and then, but nothing like it was a few months ago.

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Not sure where you're located, but I'm in the Midwest. I still have my hummie feeders out just in case of a late arrival, but I do think they have all headed south of me by now. If I lived in a very southern state, I might leave a feeder or two out for several more weeks. I've heard a good rule of thumb is to leave it out for 2 weeks since your last sighting.  I'm sure there are others who have been doing this much longer than I have been, and they can tell you more. Good luck!

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I'm in the Dallas, Texas area, so we are still having sunny warm days. Today is going to be high of 81 out. We are having some chilly nights (high 50's, low 60's) though, pretty much normal weather for here. I had read the same thing about waiting 2 weeks after you saw the last one. We dont usually get freezing weather here until late Dec, sometimes January, sometimes not at all. I'm still running the a/c on a daily basis. I wish I had started feeding the hummers earlier in the year, but I didnt. Kind of a new thing for me. 

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Next Sunday/Monday will be the 2 week mark for me. We are having lows in the 40's many nights now. I should have realized by your username that you are located in Dallas. Feeding the hummies has been very gratifying to me, and I would imagine that you get way more than I do. They seem to be very territorial up here. They are constantly chasing each other off in the summertime. I am sad that they are on their way south, but I always look forward to their arrival in the Spring!

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