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Old Sunday 23rd September 2018, 21:23   #1
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Heading South Early?

I'm in the Kansas City area, and have been for a very long time. Usually, our Hummers stay until near the first frost. However, this year, they left about a week ago and my neighbors have verified the same thing. Any thoughts? Do the Hummers know more about the coming winter than the weatherman?
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Old Monday 24th September 2018, 13:56   #2
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I am wondering the same, actually. They don't typically leave NY until October, and I filled my feeders one last time earlier today so they would have something for their trip, but I don't see anyone. Strange.
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Old Monday 24th September 2018, 19:46   #3
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Still having a lot here in the Dallas, Texas area, but we are still having warm weather. Are you having cooler weather up north this time of year? I'm curious to see how long they stick around. Most of the regular birds that eat seeds/suet have gone already though. They will start coming back once it gets cold up north.

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Old Tuesday 25th September 2018, 12:07   #4
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We've cooled off slightly, like into the 50s and 60s, but that's it. My neighbors with feeders have told me the same thing. I'm wondering if the Hummers are like the wooly caterpillars. Leaving early is a bad sign for the coming winter.
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Old Wednesday 26th September 2018, 01:22   #5
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So, today I saw a couple of Hummers for the first time in 2 weeks. I'm guessing they were travelers on their way south, stopping off for a snack.
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It appears that most of my males have already left but I've got quite an influx of females at the moment.
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Old Thursday 18th October 2018, 21:12   #7
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Usually I don’t see any hummers after about Oct 15.Today, Oct 18, I’ve had two sightings, both females. This is the latest I’ve seen them in my ZIP code, 30117.
10/19/18, she was here this morning again.

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Usually I donít see any hummers after about Oct 15.Today, Oct 18, Iíve had two sightings, both females. This is the latest Iíve seen them in my ZIP code, 30117.
10/19/18, she was here this morning again.
10/20/18, still here today.
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Usually I don’t see any hummers after about Oct 15.Today, Oct 18, I’ve had two sightings, both females. This is the latest I’ve seen them in my ZIP code, 30117.
10/19/18, she was here this morning again.
10/21/18 , Have had two hummers today.
10/22/18, One hummer this morning.

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Old Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 19:51   #10
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10/21/18 , Have had two hummers today.
10/22/18, One hummer this morning.
10/23/18, One hummer today
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10/23/18, One hummer today
10/24/18 One hummer this morning.
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Nothing here for almost a month now.
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I'm still seeing a few female Ruby throats but the cold weather is settling in so we'll see who is around over the weekend.
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All of mine disappeared a week or so ago, and I havent seen any since
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10/24/18 One hummer this morning.
10/25/18. One hummer this morning. I think it is a female Rubythroat
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Old Friday 26th October 2018, 15:41   #16
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10/25/18. One hummer this morning. I think it is a female Rubythroat
10/26/18 The hummer visited again the morning.
10/26/18 My wife saw two hummers on the feeder this afternoon.

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10/26/18 The hummer visited again the morning.
10/26/18 My wife saw two hummers on the feeder this afternoon.
10/27/18 Still have one hummer.
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10/27/18 Still have one hummer.
10/28/18 Still have one hummer this morning
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10/28/18 Still have one hummer this morning
10/29/18 Two hummers this morning.
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10/29/18 Two hummers this morning.
10/30/18. Two hummers this morning.
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10/30/18. Two hummers this morning.
It appears my last hummer was on 10/30/18. Haven't seen one since.
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Old Tuesday 6th November 2018, 14:26   #22
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It appears my last hummer was on 10/30/18. Haven't seen one since.
Seems you kept them for about a month longer than here in the Kansas City northland. I've already taken my feeders down and stored them before the big winter blast coming.
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Seems you kept them for about a month longer than here in the Kansas City northland. I've already taken my feeders down and stored them before the big winter blast coming.
Iíve always kept a feeder up all winter as we do have western species that ocasionally winter over, but I havenít seen one.
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