I still get a visitor daily but during the summertime I get as many as five dive-bombing each other fighting over their turn at the feeder. Now there is just one little bird at my office window feeder that frequents every few hours.
I have been a bird fanatic for many years, running around with my binoculars in the backyard, viewing the birds that are hitting my feeders and anything else that may fly over. One question I have been asked frequently by friends is, “When do you take down your hummingbird feeders?”
Our season here in Florida is longer than most because we get the visits from hummingbirds that are in migration. I can usually predict the date of the first visit of the year by a day or two but I am not so good at predicting the leaving schedule. But for any of you who may be wondering that same question, I normally take mine down in December. Most of the migrating birds have made their pass and Christmas lights just don’t look good on humming bird feeders .
When I lived in the Kentucky the season was much shorter. The little birds wouldn’t arrive until sometime around the first part of April and then depart by October. Normally I would put my feeder out in March and take it down in time to decorate for halloween. To me it was so sad to see them leave. It meant colder weather was right around the corner. Almost like the leaves on the trees when they fall to the ground. You can be guaranteed winter was right around the corner.
Here in Florida we do get cooler weather and an occasional frost in my region of the state, but for the most part it is nothing compared to the winters in other parts of the US. Winters for me are shorter days, no air conditioners running, and wearing sweat shirts instead of t-shirts, jogging pants instead of shorts. Believe it or not, we do get a change of leave coloring but not until late January. Perhaps when that time gets here I will post our seasonal changing colors.
So for now my window feeder is still in place and will remain until our move. I did mention we have a contract on our house, didn’t I? Yes, we are moving and are still in negiotiation on the property we are trying to purchase so I’m not sure right now where we are going but I pray it is on seven acres.