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As August has progressed, I've been worried I would never see any hummingbirds at the feeders I've been diligently filling with fresh sugar water since May.  Last year was the first time I had hummers land, and this was during September when they were starting their migration southward.

September 2013

I was able to identify about six different hummers who regularly visited the feeder through September and with a last straggler spotted in early October.

After ONE was spotted at the feeder this early August...

the rest of the time I would only see them zipping past my yard to another neighbor's... likely where they also were being fed!

So today, lo and behold, as I did my normal routine of peeking out the back window to see if there were any hummingbirds at the feeders - poof!

But this feeder seems the preferred type.  Maybe they're attracted to the little yellow flower inserts??

I'm suspecting this one is a juvenile male, looking at the marks along the throat?

As I was fussing over the poor photo set up to get a nice photo of the hummer (the feeder is currently shaded by the house...), there was a sudden movement before me and there landed in the buddleia four feet in front of me...

A Red-eyed Vireo.

And while the red eye is distinct, he was also nice enough to show his gray cap!

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