Ghost of Midnight

… about neighbors, community and Front Porch Forum

Hummingbird Migration in the Mad River Valley

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 by 15 comments

Members love reporting wildlife sightings on Front Porch Forum. Recently, hummingbirds took over the Mad River Valley Forum after one member shared a project tracking the August-September migration through Vermont. Dozens of responses came in (and counting!) over the last four days. Here are just a few…

  • “2-3 females and several juveniles are still stocking up for their trip, but the males packed their bags and left days ago. Thanks to Carol for providing the link!”
  • “A male hummingbird visited our feeder this morning on White Pine Drive.”
  • “Just saw a hummer at my potted flower urns.”
  • “Still hanging around Lois Lane this morning.”
  • “Hey, Hummingbird lovers, We saw one today at our coneflowers. Looked like a female. I think traveling thru.”

Further, these hummingbird sightings have spawned an interest in Monarch butterflies too…

  • “Several hummingbirds are still active on Cider Hill, up at about 1600 feet. They spend much of their time at the Mexican Sunflowers (Tithonia) right now – which should keep blooming until a frost. Our trumpet honeysuckle is still blooming for them, too. Oh, and the Monarchs are loving the Echinacea!”
  • “Now that we’ve learned what’s happening with the hummingbirds, what has happened to the Monarchs? Usually I’d be seeing them about now and haven’t seen any. Did all the rain do them in?”

Posted in: Community Building, Front Porch Forum, How To Use FPF, Neighborhood Watch, social capital, Stories, Vermont, Wildlife


  1. Coleen says:

    I have had three females stop by my feeder in Montpelier in the last four days, on their way to warmer climes. I will miss them!

  2. Sue says:

    Saw a Monarch in a den 9/12 and 9/13
    I see a female hummingbird at feeders every day
    Today two played chase games this after noon
    East Wallingford

  3. Lisa Reynolds says:

    Only have lone female left at my feeder and I think it’s a traveler. An adult. Location is in the hills above Hardwick. Males left in late August.

  4. This morning, as our coffee group gathered in view of the humming bird feeder, one mature female stopped by! First one in a few days!

  5. Kate Kenner says:

    I have had one visiting my feeder (maybe two?) in Guilford as of this morning. I am wondering if she is still around this afternoon. Every day I expect she will not show up and it will be a sad day when that comes-maybe today as I have not seen her since I got home and hour ago.

  6. Judy says:

    I had a small male hummingbird at my mandavilla this morning in Northfield. Will miss their daily visits!

  7. Nicole B says:

    A few of my hummers still came by but many have left in White River Jct. VT

  8. Sue Schermerhorn says:

    Lots of hummers coming through Charlotte now- love seeing them. Had several new families stay the summer and had several Monarch butterflies on the zinnias this week.

  9. Theresa Maurice says:

    I am in Hyde Park, and have not seen ANY, as opposed to MANY, at my feeders for 2 weeks. Still keeping them up for any stragglers and Late-birds!

  10. Ken Lowe says:

    Got up this am, all 3 hum feeders empty. Refilled them and the birds were buzzing them all afternoon.

  11. Marc says:

    No visitors to our feeder in Rochester for a week

  12. Jacque says:

    No visitors in Stockbridge for about a week.

  13. Denise says:

    there has been a female visiting the salvia and feeder in the yard several times this weekend. Bennington

  14. Malina says:

    I just had 2 female hummingbirds at my honeysuckle vine in Graniteville. 09/20/23.

  15. Jacque says:

    Surprising after not seeing them for awhile now, I had one at a feeder last night in Stockbridge. I’ve left the feeders up for the last of the stragglers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *