Question: Should I Take My Hummingbird Feeder Down So The Hummingbirds Know It’s Time To Go?
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I’ve received conflicting answers and hope you have the definitive answer. Should I take my hummingbird feeder down so the hummingbirds know it’s time to migrate? It’s going to get cold here soon and I don’t want them to stay too long and freeze!
As autumn fully settles in, many a hummingbird enthusiast may be wondering if keeping his/her feeder up will dissuade the birds from migrating south for winter. Good news! It’s going to take more than our containers of sugar water to keep these tiny marvels from doing their prehistoric thing. Their infallible internal clock is more informed by the shortening of daylight hours than an excess of food. Keeping your feeder out and stocked through fall will only help fuel hummingbirds for their journey, as well as give aid to any stragglers – young, sick or lost.
If you still find yourself concerned, take comfort in knowing there are varieties of hummingbirds that stay in one area year-round, particularly in the western region of the United States. So sit back, relax and watch nature take its course!
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