A reminder to consider keeping a hummingbird feeder up and maintained through the winter. There are some western species of hummingbirds that regularly winter in the southeastern United States. If you have a hummingbird still using your feeder after November first, please let me know. Mecklenburg County has recorded five species of hummingbirds during the late fall / winter months. North Carolina has recorded 11 species, so the potential exists for something really rare to show up at your feeder.
|Photo by John Ennis
Don’t worry. Leaving feeders up does not discourage the birds from migrating. They have already migrated to our area and are looking for a site with suitable cover and food source to spend a few days, weeks, or perhaps the entire winter. Perhaps they will choose your yard.