Q: I have been very faithful about keeping my hummingbird feeder fresh, even lately, and wonder when should I take it down for this season? – E.B., Albuquerque
As long as you haven’t seen any hummers for several weeks at your feeder it’d be OK to take it down now. Most, if not all, of the hummingbirds have gone south for this year and won’t be back until spring. I have always left my feeders up through October so any travelers have a way-station available to refuel, but haven’t heard or seen any of the jewels for weeks.
So this weekend I’ll bring in my feeders and await next year’s crop of amazing birds. I know the woodpecker will be disappointed but I’m confident he’ll figure things out.