October is the month when the last few ruby-throated hummingbirds that have been swarming about our feeders and flowers for weeks finally depart. My wife saw what appears to be the last holdout in our yard October 12. This bird was nectaring at a shiny red Turk’s cap blossom. One of our fellow Monroe Countians reported a rubythroat was still visiting her feeder on October 15.
Typically, in Georgia the last rubythroats of the year have flown south by the end of the month. At this time of the year, it is impossible to know if a bird seen then came from an area north of Georgia or spent the summer locally. In addition, each winter a handful of rubythroats actually winter in the Peach State. I have seen this happen most often along the coast and in the Thomasville area.
I am very interested in knowing when you saw your last ruby-throated hummingbird. With that in mind, I would appreciate it if you would let me know when the last rubythroat graced your backyard. If you do respond to my request, let me know where you live (e.g. Forsyth, Monroe County).
I have been studying hummingbirds for quite some time.
Any information you can offer, will help me better understand the life history of these fascinating little birds.