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#56233 September 12th, 2006 at 08:42 AM
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The last time I saw all of them was the Sunday before Tropical Storm Elberto was to hit. It ended up missing us and going further north, do you think they left because of the storm? I did see one yesterday fly up to my feeder and take a look and then she flew off and I haven't seen anymore since. I had three that stayed at my feeders all day.

#56234 September 12th, 2006 at 09:23 AM
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Mine are gone too! ters ters I haven't seen them in two weeks, and the feeders have been untouched. ters

#56235 September 12th, 2006 at 09:34 AM
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This time of year they begin to migrate back to South America. They will all be gone by the end of October. But Don't Worry, they will be back by the First of May, Maybe sooner.

#56236 September 12th, 2006 at 11:37 AM
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I still have a few hummers. I have had to refill twice since the end of last week. They seem to stocking up. How much can something that small really hold? I thought they would be gone by now. It's getting colder now. My daughter had a frost warning last nite in Vermont.
Oh dear here it comes. (winter)
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#56237 September 12th, 2006 at 10:39 PM
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I have seen hummers looking like small tennis balls with wings they get so fat. They get this fat because they fly non-stop straight across the Gulf of Mexico from Alabama to Venezuela in LESS THAN 24 HOURS!!! shk They stay about 15 feet above the waves. They, of course, are unable to eat during this pheNOMENAL FLIGHT, SO THEY HAVE TO STORE AS MUCH ENERGY AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE IT.

#56238 September 13th, 2006 at 12:36 AM
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There was one in my garden yesterday morning around 9:30. i dont know the temp but it was chilly. BF said it was 36* when he got up at 4:00.

#56239 September 13th, 2006 at 12:49 AM
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Thorn will return everybodies' Hummers for $1,000,000,000.00 in cash and some really GOOD beefsteak tomatoes.

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I still have some here.....makes me sad that they will be leaving though, I watched that migration map earlier this year like a hawk to see if they'd made it into my area yet...

#56241 September 13th, 2006 at 02:05 AM
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laugh laugh Thorn, darn it, I only grew Romas!

My hummers are gone too, along with every last drop of nectar in the feeder. I've refilled it but they definately haven't been back. It's gotten rather chilly here as well--in the 60-70's and it is usually in the still in the 90-100's. I'm hoping a few will stop by on their saga south and have a sip of my yummy nectar!!

#56242 September 14th, 2006 at 07:00 AM
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mine are still here in st louis!!

#56243 September 14th, 2006 at 12:35 PM
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Well, mine are still hanging around here, wink but I guess that's no surprise since I live near St. Louis too! Boy, I really hate to think of them leaving pretty soon frown because I have enjoyed them so much this year! Geesh, Porter, I guess we'll both be losing them at about the same time! :rolleyes:

#56244 September 14th, 2006 at 06:09 PM
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The little beauties are still here and getting fat as pigs feasting on the crimson Salvia and the rose of Sharon shrubs. wink I was watering very early yesterday morning and a mist was rising from the ground (it was 54 degrees outside) and they were enjoying flying through the mist. I guess they thought it was their personal sauna. wink

#56245 September 15th, 2006 at 05:51 AM
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no doubt... i am seeing fewer of them and the feeders arent going down as fast!

#56246 September 16th, 2006 at 04:34 AM
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i am seeing fewer of them and the feeders arent going down as fast!
I know, Porter, I'm noticing the same thing here, frown so I'm content to enjoy the ones which are still coming around while I can. smile It's so sad to think of them leaving for the winter, frown but I can just look forward to their return in the spring. wink Of course, I guess we shouldn't be selfish about this because I'm sure that many other people want to enjoy them like we do, too! laugh I just know I'm really going to miss them when they're gone! ters

#56247 September 16th, 2006 at 07:11 AM
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Monica, I love your banner and your signature.
Wish I could think of a good one too.
My hummers out here stay here.
They love best my lavendar color penta blooms.
Do you all feed the other birds in winter?
I'd freak out to see those big red birds you all have. Simply freak out.
Don't be bummed about winter-you'll all have beauties I have never seen !
Snow, frost on the trees, colorful birds, "real" holiday weather, the works !
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#56249 September 16th, 2006 at 07:36 AM
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OOPS, a little TOO big.

#56250 September 16th, 2006 at 07:58 AM
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What a beautiful bird, Thorny! thumbup Thanks so much for posting this picture, because it made me feel so much better! wink I've had cardinals all summer and I enjoy them too, but I tend to forget just how gorgeous and regal they look when they are out there in the white snow. smile They are such a beautiful sight to behold and it always warms my heart! luv Boy, mine sure can manage to go through a lot of food in the winter! laugh laugh

#56251 September 16th, 2006 at 09:39 AM
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Thorny, thanks ! That's the one.
Now see, that's what I meant-all the beauties I can only imagine !
I'm a native and loyal, but gosh, when people talk about the weather here-I say, send me some of that colorful wildlife and some frost to sparkle on a branch, and I'll bottle some sun for ya !
For the record, every summer I literally count the days until fall-the sun cooks me to DEATH !!!!
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#56252 September 16th, 2006 at 11:04 AM
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I HATE, HATE, HATE, Summer! I like to sit in my beach chaise lounge on my front lawn in my bathing suit with a glass of iced tea, and watch the snow accumulate on my bare chest and the frost crystals form in my beard. ONE WEEK 'TIL AUTUMN!!!!!

#56253 September 16th, 2006 at 11:08 AM
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I spent the Summer of 1972 in Los Angeles and San Diego, Deborah. I know what you are talking about. When I wasn't attending school I was at San Clemente learning to surf. And I didn't wear a wet suit either.

#56254 September 16th, 2006 at 11:16 AM
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Hope you liked us-we're not as weird as you may hear.
I hate summer too ! Especially here. Rain is a treat, believe me. And we always hope for a cloudy, chilly Christmas because it's the closest thing we get to a "real" Christmas.
Nothing stranger looking than our fresh wreaths cooking in the sun on the front door.
But it's my home and I'm happy. Proud to be a third generation native too.
But still....... those red birds and a beautiful frost......... and sledding ! Oh, wow !

#56255 September 16th, 2006 at 12:01 PM
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We got a LOT more snow in the 1950's and 1960's when I was a boy here in Tennessee. We averaged 20-40 inches of snow each Winter. Now we average 2-5 inches of snow each Winter.

#56256 September 16th, 2006 at 12:14 PM
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You get the MOST birds at your feeders when it snows. As soon as I see it falling I grab my camera and pockets full of AA's and hit the fields. The rare and unusual birds show up at my feeders then. The ONLY time I get Ruby-Crowned Kinglets and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers at my feeders is when it snows. Then they flock to my suet cages. Winter is the time that Dark-Eyed Juncos, commonly called Snowbirds, are here and they flock to the feeders when it snows. Also the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a Woodpecker, is here in the Winter ONLY. They do not eat seed or suet much, but instead drill holes in the trunks of trees and drink the sap that oozes out, hence their name. Many of the trees in my yard have perfect rings of holes drilled around the trunk spaced about 1 inch apart. It doesn't hurt the tree; it actually seems to be BENEFICIAL to the tree.

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#56257 September 17th, 2006 at 12:12 AM
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Hmmmmmm......... I wonder why drilling wouldn't hurt and could actually help-always wondered why drilling and draining the sap from sugar maples wouldn't damage the tree.
Maybe not the drilling, but it seems like being drained of sap would harm a tree if not actually kill it.
Hey, it would be so neat if someone knows the answer to this !

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