Wordless Wednesday…Lights Out

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Wordless Wednesday…Lights Out


We love watching our backyard birds (and squirrels). Larry and I do what we can to provide food assistance, water, and shelter (not to mention a nursery for mom and dad bluebirds).


Yesterday we received a Lights Out Action Alert from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and their Bird-Cast Alert programs.  




We’ve recently had hummingbirds stopping by to help fuel their little bodies for their long flights. 


Hummingbirds consume half their body weight in bugs and nectar and feed every  10-15 minutes. 


The Lights Out Alerts are to protect the many birds as they migrate south (or north in the spring) from striking structures. 


 An estimated 365 – 988 million birds die in collisions with buildings annually…



Those in the migratory path are asked to turn off exterior lights from 11 PM to 6 AM and close blinds and curtains to reduce light from interior sources. 


Want to see a live migration map in your area? 


Check your backyard…you too may have some visitors passing through! 

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Comments (29)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
How interesting. I had no idea Hummingbirds had to work so hard just to stay alive. I was thinking I wish I could consume half my body weight in food and drink daily (not every 10 - 15 minutes) and not gain weight, but that would be too much work... and way too expensive. LOL

Sep 28, 2022 07:39 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You definitely have some wonderful bird-watching opportunities in your area and captured some of them beautifully for us to see!

Sep 28, 2022 08:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy, our back yard is always interesting,  we had a deer in our front yard once, we have 2 feral cats out of 7 still around, that leads to lots of squirrels to get some free cat food and then racoons that visit if any cat food is left.  We also had one coyote one time also visit.   Thanks again for your help today!


Sep 28, 2022 10:49 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

We love all our birds, migrating and regulars!  They've been very happy this past summer due to all the rain we've had and the beautiful flowers and ....weeds they love to snack on.  Very interesting about the light.....we don't typically see birds out at night here. Seems like they're in their little abodes soon after it starts getting a little dark.

Sep 28, 2022 11:01 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a great idea, we generally have our outside lights off unless we are out. At the moment, we are still waiting for blinds for the windows, although we have paper ones up but they do not really block the light.

Sep 28, 2022 12:19 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I had no idea about this lights out thing...very interesting. I checked the map and of course nothing for NH.

We just returned from another trip camping in NY and we saw a lot of geese. I remember last year at this time (end of September) there were a lot too. Assuming something to do with migration???

Sep 28, 2022 12:24 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I have 3 hummingbird feeders, so we usually get several hummingbirds stopping by throughout the day, but last year we had very few.  However, this year they were back in full force.

Sep 28, 2022 03:48 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin I don't know if they did it on the west coast of FL where you used to live but during turtle nesting season, Delray and areas along the coast had lights out for the sea turtles. 

Nina Hollander, Broker they are also pretty aggressive.   I'm so amazed at how far they travel. 

Sep 28, 2022 04:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Grant Schneider we try!!!  We love seeing the different birds that will come through here. 

faye schubert the migration is pretty quick. One week we had dozens of them and the they were gone. 

Sep 28, 2022 04:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie Dillard Austin TX it really does make sense. We've had birds hit our window before but not when they were migrating. 

Hi Bill Salvatore - East Valley Thank you and I wish you a good rest of the week. 

Sep 28, 2022 04:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley it's really fun to see the different birds that will come through. Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Leanne Smith when I was listening to your presentation, I can tell you now that I would be walking on stilts where you are to avoid the snakes. LOL

Sep 28, 2022 04:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat it's as good as meditation, isn't it! So peaceful. Larry's been buying the seed with more seed and nuts and less filler. That helps prevent weeds. I also cut up some apple from the core or leftover fruit because birds like that as well. 

Carol Williams They are so much fun to watch. They are also pretty aggressive. 

Sep 28, 2022 05:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Brian England Our birds were bigger in FL...we had peacocks!!

Wow Will Hamm we had deer in Northern VA and I've actually seen deer here in Houston. No coyotes yet. 

Sep 28, 2022 05:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker we were hoping to see an Oriole this year but so far just one. I think we're on the edge of their migration pattern. 

Same here Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 we have motion lights but they are only activated when there is movement. 

Sep 28, 2022 05:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Probably Sharon Tara We see some different smaller birds here in the winter and i think we have geese here year round. 

George Souto we still have one that is here all of the time. We have two hummingbird feeders out now but will keep up one in the winter. 

Sep 28, 2022 05:18 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://irstaxdebt.pro - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

hummingbirds are fascinating and beautiful  creatures. Their migratory patterns are  incredible

Sep 28, 2022 11:35 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

I checked out that map.  That was pretty interesting.  I don't think we get much migration through our area.  I have year-round birds.  My hummingbird feeders have warmers that Rick will put out around mid-November. I make sure I keep those feeders full.

Sep 29, 2022 06:02 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love seeing the hummingbirds in my yard - I have some salvia plants and they seem to like that! I had no idea that they ate so much though so consistently! 

Sep 30, 2022 06:43 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love this post!  Will definitely share the map on FB for my friends around the globe!  Your hummingbird feeder gets lots of action. I see fights in my backyard from dominant hummingbirds fighting to control who gets into my backyard for my feeder!

Oct 04, 2022 09:26 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Very interesting post.  And good information to know.

Oct 05, 2022 01:25 PM