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grace28-Aug-05 08:20 PM EST 2b   
Glen T28-Aug-05 10:47 PM EST 7   
marg29-Aug-05 11:30 AM EST 5b   
Patricia 30-Aug-05 06:12 PM EST 5   
Dave08-Sep-05 06:26 AM EST 5b   
Rocks08-Sep-05 01:30 PM EST 6b   
Patricia09-Sep-05 05:05 PM EST 5   
Rocks13-Sep-05 06:32 AM EST 6b   
Patricia 14-Sep-05 06:20 PM EST 6   
Rocks15-Sep-05 08:40 AM EST 6b   
Jane11-May-07 08:57 PM EST 3   
JoanneS28-May-07 01:16 PM EST 3a   
Jane07-Jul-07 02:31 PM EST 4   
Karen09-Jul-07 09:50 PM EST 9a   

Subject: hummingbirds
From: grace
Zone: 2b
Date: 28-Aug-05 08:20 PM EST

We haven't seen anymore hummingbirds lately. Have they flown south again (Edmonton area), or are area folks still enjoying them? I'm just wondering whether it's the end of the season and I need to put them away.

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Glen T
Zone: 7
Date: 28-Aug-05 10:47 PM EST

Grace--on the south coast of BC we expect the last rufous hummers around Labour Day. I imagine that means yours will be about finished by now as well.

We do have the Anna's hummingbirds staying all winter, but it's important for people to put away their feeders unless they are committed to keeping them working all thru the year...otherwise one day missed will kill the birds depending on a feeder who can't find any other energy source (flowers) in the dead of winter.

Do you happen to know which type of hummers you have there in Edmonton? Rufous and Anna's are the two types we see all summer here in the Vancouver area.

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: marg
Zone: 5b
Date: 29-Aug-05 11:30 AM EST

I saw a hummingbird at my Morning Glory this morning. In the past few days, it has been here several times visiting my malva and petunias. Guess its getting ready for its long trip south.

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 30-Aug-05 06:12 PM EST

Just on the fringe of Ottawa, hummingbirds will depart in the first few days of September to return sometime around Victoria Day or a bit earlier if the weather is very warm in May. We have the ruby throated variety, and mighty entertaining they are! In hot weather, remember to change the sugar water frequently - you don't want these guys intoxicated!

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Dave
Zone: 5b
Date: 08-Sep-05 06:26 AM EST

Guelph Ontario,For the last two weeks of August, I couldn't go 5 minutes without seeing from 1 to 5 Hummingbirds at a time in the yard.They were constantly on the butterfly bushes and the hummingbird feeder. This first week of September, I am only seeing a couple in a day. I am seeing lots of Monarch butterflys now.Again on the butterfly bushes.

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 08-Sep-05 01:30 PM EST

Niagara area here...we were lucky enough to have a family of hummers with us all summer. First time we've had hummers staying all summer long without any lapses in visits. Ma and Pa hummer were here for the first part of summer and now, for the second half of summer there have been three, which appear to be juveniles and Mom, fighting and sparring with each other. Pa appears to have left already. Haven't had the chance to watch in the past couple of days, but last saw their display on Sunday (Sept 4). We usually have them fly through on their migration south, starting around now with the males first, and then the females and juveniles following, with the last stragglers coming through as late sometimes as October. Haven't seen any adult males yet though. Have also had lots of Monarchs and a few swallowtails on the butterfly bushes as well. Have also seen Hummingbird moths. They're interesting. They're actually Sphinx moths, that look like small hummers, and they feed during the day, unlike other moths that only come out at night. But I digress lol We expect to see the hummers for a while yet here.

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 09-Sep-05 05:05 PM EST

Rocks: we get the Sphinx moths (outskirts of Ottawa) and the hummers. But this year, for the first time in ages, NO black swallowtails! We have lots of parsley, dill and rue, all of which are host plants for their caterpillars. Has anyone else experienced few or no swallowtails?

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 13-Sep-05 06:32 AM EST

Patricia: this is the first time I've ever seen a swallowtail in my garden, so it was a delight for us.

Saw yesterday (Sept 12) that the juvenile male hummer is still here...the feathers on his throat are just starting to change to the adult ruby colour...beautiful! No sign of the others tho.

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Patricia (
Zone: 6
Date: 14-Sep-05 06:20 PM EST

Rocks - September 14 - our hummers are gone - back next mid-May! I miss them already.

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 15-Sep-05 08:40 AM EST

Patricia - hummers still here (Sept 14). Saw one of the juvenile females last night. Thought they had left, but they are still around. Haven't seen any of the adult males that come through heading south yet. Should be soon. I too will miss them when they're gone. One of the wonders of summer!

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Jane
Zone: 3
Date: 11-May-07 08:57 PM EST

I have spent many years gardening and hummer-watching in zones 7 and 8, but now I'm in Edmonton which is zone 3. I am told there are very few hummingbirds around but I'm not sure if that's because people here don't really garden (not the way I am used to, anyway) or because we are at the edge of the range. Anyone know?

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: JoanneS (
Zone: 3a
Date: 28-May-07 01:16 PM EST

HI Jane. Welcome to Edmonton. Hummingbirds take their time getting this far north. According to the Wildbird General Store, they arrived about two weeks ago. I haven't seen any yet. We do garden differently here and a lot of the things that hummingbirds feed on are not hardy here. Over the last 5 years, I have been transforming my yard to be hummingbird friendly. I don't think I have any nesting (yet) but I do see them every summer. THe ones we get are the Ruby-throated, and they seem to be on the shy side, but I do get them in my Old Strathcona yard every summer. Last summer I spent an afternoon watching one very bold hummer at my lily patch.

Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Jane
Zone: 4
Date: 07-Jul-07 02:31 PM EST

Do you use a feeder or do you rely on plants?


Subject: RE: hummingbirds
From: Karen
Zone: 9a
Date: 09-Jul-07 09:50 PM EST

We are in Central Florida-new residents.We would like any information on attracting hummingbirds to our area.We also are trying to plant things to attract butterflies. Thank you all!

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