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And Away They Go – they disappeared overnight

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And Away They Go – they disappeared overnight

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Inez McCollum

A few years ago, a painter was putting a fresh coat of paint on our house. My husband came into the house chuckling. A hummingbird had spotted the red stitching on the hip pocket of the painter’s white pants. The hummer was on its way to check that out and stopped just short of his target.


Children love hummingbirds

When my grandchildren were toddlers, they took great delight in looking at the hummingbirds circling the feeder outside my kitchen window. When one of my sons and his family moved from the area, his son, Greer, drew a picture of a hummingbird circling the feeder. Greer’s Mom sent it to me.Ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated hummingbird from alabamaoutdoor.com

Lady from Russia had never seen hummingbirds

One September a young lady from Russia was a guest in my home for a week. She had never seen hummingbirds; so really enjoyed looking at them. Each evening just before dark, she would stand on the steps, camera in hand and snap away as ten or so birds circled the feeder.

I have seen magazine articles about people holding some of the nectar in a red container and standing very still as hummers drank the refreshment. I have attempted that; but could not keep still long enough.

The disappeared overnight

Those birds disappear overnight. I definitely miss that bit of entertainment and feel that they have taken part of my joy with them. Come next spring, I will be ready for them!

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About Inez McCollum

Inez McCollum grew up in Etowah County.  Married Mack McCollum, a BI-vocational minister.  Moved to Birmingham to work while he worked and went to Howard College/Samford University.  Inez and Mack had three sons, Jay, Joe and John.  They bought their first home in what is now Hoover.  Inez continues to be active in Shades Mountain Baptist Church and some of the civic organizations in Hoover.  Inez also enjoys reading, travel and spending time with friends.

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29 comments

  1. Mine are still here in Wetumpka. They usually leave in mid October.

  2. Loads of them in Chilton county

  3. Still coming through CENTRAL ALABAMA !

  4. I have a feeling when the temp. drops tonight, that they will on their way by Sunday evening.

  5. I still have some. Not as many as a few days ago but a few are still around.

  6. They’re still here in Fayette, AL

  7. I’ve had about 5 this morning.

  8. Here yesterday and gone today!!!

  9. Still some in Hartsella saw one this morning.

  10. Still here in Anniston Alabama.

  11. So many I can’t count them in west alabama. Emptying two feeders a day

  12. I’m out in So. Oregon and I saw one in mid November , ya it was pretty chilly ~

  13. I had about 5 this morning in Franklin County .

  14. Still here on the Eastern Shore.

  15. We still have them here in The Woodlands, north of Houston.

  16. I put up a feeder and get more than a dozen visits each day if not more. They even fight over it.

  17. Most have left, still have 2 for sure here at my house in Lawrence County, AL.

  18. I got a few left in Royal. When do you take the food away?

  19. Have had quite a few today

  20. 20+ here in east Lawrence co Al!

  21. Had over fifty this morning in holks bluff

  22. According to my Alabama Birds copy, the red throat humming birds stay in Southern AL all winter. However, I think some do migrate because I don’t see many in the coldest months although I still keep the feeder out.

  23. I love on Saraland,Al in Mobile County. We still have hummingbirds feeding every day

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