When to Stop Feeding Hummingbirds
When to Stop Feeding Hummingbirds?
To stop feeding hummingbirds is a matter of good timing.
Many people worry, when is the best time to take down their hummingbird feeders?
There is a widespread myth that hummingbirds won’t migrate if you don’t take down your feeders in time.
Thank goodness, this myth is not true. That’s a lot of pressure for the average birdwatchers who want only the best for their loyal little friends.
I remember the first I heard this and nearly panicked!
So I did my research to learn the science behind the hummingbird migration.
A Myth is a myth!
Scientists have studied the hummingbird in regard to migration.
As a result, we now know scientifically that hummingbirds do not migrate because of a lack of nectar.
When the hormones surge, the birds become restless.
Finally, when the length of day shortens even more the hormonal surge becomes greater and our dear hummingbird friends leave us.
A Myth Based on Fact!
When observation was the only method of understanding hummingbirds, the myth that hummingbirds leave because of lack of food had substantial merit.
It is true that once in a while a hummingbird does not migrate.
We now realize that this is due to a defect in its’ endocrine system and has nothing to do with leaving up your feeder.
Upon seeing such a hummingbird, sometimes caring people attempt a rescue either by keeping a feeder warm or calling an organization that specializes in bird rescues.
Please note that there is an exception to hummingbird migration. The Anna’s hummingbirds live in the warm sunshine of the southeast and never migrate.
Happy Hummingbird Watching!
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