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Post by fiffur on Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:05 pm

I spotted one yesterday so they haven't all left here yet.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:16 pm

It's so funny how one day, we have crowds and the next our yard is deserted. That's okay though. I saw my little barn wren checking out the digs for winter nesting. I've put a folded towel in my helmet, so she shouldn't be too interested in that. I should put up some boxes on the barn walls since I think she'd like that.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:08 pm

Let's hope the wren doesn't think that towel is extra padding so her nest is nice and cushy underneath....
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Post by bpaquet on Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:09 pm

The entire helmet is stuffed full of towel. There's no space. She's started building in a handily little corner of the feed room. She's welcome there.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:22 pm

Good....I hope she likes that corner so well she won't pick your helmet again even if it's empty.

Will keep my eye open for hummies tonight.....I hope they haven't all left already but I have a gut feeling they might have because of the earlier and colder than usual weather.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:30 pm

Ours are gone. We've taken down one feeder. The other is about 1/4 full with the last of the syrup. The rest, my husband will use in tea. (I know it's a crime against Southern living, but I HATE sweet tea.)
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by Sue Short on Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:54 pm


You're right it is but I can't stand it either.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:24 pm

Our hummies are gone. Mom and I are leaving the feeder up until this weekend. The honeybees are drinking quite a bit from the feeder trying to fatten up for winter, so we're taking pity on them not having many flowers to get a drink from after our recent 37° cold snap.
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:14 pm

Our feeders are coming in this weekend too. No sign of birds, and the bees are happy with the surprise blooming of honeysuckle all over the place. I also have a couple blooms left on my Hawaiian ginger plants. Those smell so good.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:14 pm

Took the last hummie feeders down yesterday. Even the bees are gone now....too cold for them to be out.

I miss the hummers.....
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:17 pm

Our fall bugs and birds are out in force. The chickadees and titmice are invading the seed feeders, and the spiders are making egg sacs.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:49 pm

We have lots of feather shrubs around here right now.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:51 pm

I saw the wren building a nest in the bird bottle. I forgot to take out the abandoned summer nest, but I guess she did it herself. Smile
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Post by fiffur on Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:24 pm

Bird bottle?
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:27 pm



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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:01 pm

A really cool birdhouse from Colonial Williamsburg. It's a very local thing around here.

http://www.williamsburgmarketplace.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductView?catalogId=12118&storeId=10001&categoryId=13938&itemOrDescription=bird+bottle
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:26 pm

Oh.....that's kinda cute. Wish it wasn't so expensive, I'm sure the birds here would love those.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:29 pm


That is neat. I'll think about ordering one.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:31 pm

You can make your own out of food cans. Larger bean cans work great. They don't look like the ones on that site, but you can paint them to be really cute.

No matter what you use, put them under the eaves so there's shelter when the birds sit on the perch.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:53 pm

Have any pics of that made from cans BTW?
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:55 pm

I don't. I've seen them for sale in little artsy shops around here. I'll try to remember to take pix if I see another one.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:14 pm

Please do....I'm the crafty type and would love to see one.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Sun May 03, 2015 9:14 pm

I saw the first hummies of the season today. I have sugar water out, and it seems to be well-loved by the skinny little birds. They look like they're a bit tired from their long trip. I made sure to make the ratio a bit higher in sugar to get their strength up.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by Sue Short on Sun May 03, 2015 9:16 pm


Haven't seen any here.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Mon May 04, 2015 8:37 pm

Starting to get the territory fights at the feeders. The girls are chasing each other around. So far, the most I've seen at once is three. I hope it's a bumper year.
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