Well, this year they started leaving in November and by the end of November we had maybe a dozen birds. We cut our feeders down from 5 to 2. Just this week, however, a whole band of them showed up one rainy afternoon towards dusk and we had to put out another feeder. Most of our feeders have 4 holes but we have two that are 8-hole feeders.
It use to be rare when you would see 4 birds actually sitting on the 4-hole feeder and never more than 4-5 on the 8-hole feeder. Well, I looked out the other evening and there, on the 8-hole feeder were 7 birds SITTING and many more hovering around.
This photo I like as it looks like one little bird on the left is looking up at the other one say "Is it my turn yet?"
The other photo shows them all patiently hovering and waiting their turn while at least 7 are sitting.
The larger hummers, the Green-Breasted Mangos, are more territorial and aggressive. They spend more time fighting with one another than feeding while the smaller ones are more inquisitive and friendly, flocking around you when you walk out the door and checking you out. The other day my husband went out with a feeder in hand and actually had a hummer fly up and check out his ear to the point of putting its little beak inside! It then flew to the other ear and did the same thing!
So, even though we live in a rather remote area of the island with virtually no neighbors, we have these lovely little friends to entertain us.