This large group came out for several evenings about a month ago, after some thunderstorms. I asked a neighbor who knows more about birds than I (not saying much!!) and he told me that it looked like the parents all hatched youngsters at about the same time, and this was part of the "weaning process’ for the young birds when they first left the nest. Within a week of the taking of those photos the crowd had gone and our population of 4 or 5 at a time (2 feeders) has returned to normal. Today is our first day under 90 degrees in a month, and the hummingbirds are re-activating a lot.
A few stay all winter…but most will go by mid-November.
We do do something a bit odd with the ‘juice’ in the feeders. We have a bottle of very old Maple Syrup…dark as Molasses and at least 12 years old, brought with us from SoCal. Since we have some great Sirup (sic) supplied by Laird (6-star), we have mixed some of the old syrup with the red coloring and sugar-water syrup we mix-up to fill the feeders. The Maple adds a little thickening consistency to the syrup and the birds really hit the feeders when we put that up for them (they like Maple flavoring!) We add about a cup to a gallon of ‘home-brew feeder juice’.