Mommy was helping me with the blogs today and we say some mentions of kitties watching their hummingbirds outside. The Island Cats told everybody great information about helping the birds and some facts about them as well. Someone mentioned keeping the feeder up till October which made mom and I furry happy. Wally and Ernie said yes, keep it up as they are still flying in. And leaving the feeder out will NOT delay migration. Migration is instinct and we can't change that plus the hummers know already that food is available until the start across the Gulf of Mexico. That is a non stop flight (truly)and why they get so bulked up before they go. They double their weight so that they will have energy and stamina for the non stop flight across the waters.
Mommy said to tell you how she learned about leaving the feeder out the hard way. She had taken the feeder in and disinfected it and cleaned it thoroughly and put it away after the first few days of September once upon a time. She planned to bring it back out the following April.
She was on midnights (she always worked a 12 hour shift rotation) and after she got home, she grabbed a bite to eat before bed and stood out on the deck to smoke. Mom quit some time ago--- but at that particular time she was still smoking. A girl hummingbird flew right to her face. And mom had not seen any activity for two weeks. Why she took the feeder down. The girl hummer stayed. Mom went in the house, quickly made her some nectar and without bringing it to a boil just then (she had to go to bed as she had to get up at 3:20 PM) she poured the dissolved sugar nectar into the feeder, hung it up out there and went to bed. Soon as she got up she brought the rest to a boil, let it cool while she showered and got ready for work and after it cooled somewhat she stored it in the fridge. Mommy cooked for that little girl and kept her going till the 11th of October. She put in fresh nectar again and watched for another week to see if there were any visitors. Only then did she take it down and re-disinfect it and ready it for waiting till April. Since then, Mommy leaves it up till the end of September...longer if she has to. Mommy loves them so much.
Here are two of my girl hummers.