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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Thu May 07, 2015 1:37 pm

Haven't seen any here yet but we are preparing for them. Shepherd hook already in the ground, feeder found in the garage and cleaned up. Just need to make the solution and hang it out there.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Thu May 07, 2015 7:53 pm

Keep an eye open at dawn/dusk. They seem to be most active at those times right now. I think they'll start being real active once they finish nests and hatch the kids.
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Post by fiffur on Fri May 08, 2015 12:15 pm

Nobody here has seen them yet but there are several feeders out now in the neighborhood. Wish my flowers were bigger so they could be seen better from the air...that way the hummies will find my feeder.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Fri May 08, 2015 8:27 pm

I am planning a hummingbird/butterfly garden. I have some small purple flowers for the butterflies. I need some petunias and hanging pots for the birds. I'll keep the feeders near the windows so they can visit, but the garden just sounds like fun to me.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by BobCat on Thu May 14, 2015 6:37 pm

So cool in our new area that hummers are here all winter long!
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Post by bpaquet on Thu May 14, 2015 9:15 pm

OOO! Are they the regular green ones with the ruby throats, or are they different?
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Fri May 15, 2015 11:44 am

The hummers started showing up here Tuesday....we're scrambling to get the feeders out. Don't know if these particular hummers are just passing through on their way further north or are the ones who stay here for the summer.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Fri May 15, 2015 11:35 pm

I think the ones here are visitors on their way farther north. We have tons one day and only a few the next. I think the residents will be settling in the next week or so.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Mon May 18, 2015 12:21 pm

We saw one at Brads' feeder, so this one has been here before. Knew exactly where to go to get a good meal. Nobody at my new feeder yet.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Fri May 22, 2015 1:50 pm

I had a hummie at my feeder yesterday!!!  **squeal of delight** cheers

A little female from the look of it.  I hope she brings the kids later this summer when they're big enough. Very Happy
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Fri May 22, 2015 8:02 pm

I saw a couple nesting in the crepe myrtle tree today. They really like that tree.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Sat May 23, 2015 11:43 am

Brad reports two hummies coming to his feeder regularly. Bet they're male and female, with a nest in the big nearby tree.

My hummie is still a single...but coming regularly to my feeder now. Hope she has a date or a hubbie. I want to see baby hummies again! They're so tiny and cute.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by Sue Short on Sat May 23, 2015 4:23 pm


I would love to see some hummies. All I'm seeing are jays who are harressing any and everything that moves
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Sat May 23, 2015 4:57 pm

Try some pink petunias. Hummies aren't easily scared off, so maybe they'll show up for some pretty, tasty flowers. If you see one, more are hanging around somewhere. You can put out a feeder with watered down simple syrup.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by Sue Short on Sat May 23, 2015 6:13 pm


I may do the feeder. We do have flowers that they like.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Sun May 24, 2015 5:55 pm

No guarantees, of course. This is the only place I've ever lived where we have swarms of them.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Wed May 27, 2015 12:23 pm

I purposely planted hot pink and red petunias where they could be seen from the air. Hummies fly just above the trees. My feeder is kinda under the small tree so it's shaded but the petunias bring them in...then they spot the feeder. They get to take their pick: flowers or feeder.
You could try that too. Only took a week for my hummie to find my feeder and there never was one near where I have mine before.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by Sue Short on Wed May 27, 2015 4:58 pm


I might right now Fif, it's so wet I'm not even putting food out in my regular feeder.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed May 27, 2015 10:53 pm

They'll do fine with the flowers or they'll relocate for the season. When we have terrible weather like that, a few stick around, but most seem to fly elsewhere. The next year or later in the same season, they show up again.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Fri May 29, 2015 12:15 pm

Brad's hummies obviously knew where his feeder would be. We figured they are either the adults from last years nesting or the kids from last year. They are eating him out of house and home!

So is my lone lil female hummie.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Fri May 29, 2015 9:16 pm

One of our females is getting territorial about the feeder. She swooped and yelled at a sparrow who was at the seed feeder nearby. Tough little birds.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:43 pm

They sure are.....I've seen the males several times harassing much bigger birds who were too close to their nest.
Still only the one female at my feeder, but the same two at Brads and moms'.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:25 pm

I put a feeder near my new garden (still in progress). I got buzzed by two little birds yesterday. They've been quiet during the really hot days. They are out in the mornings and evenings.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:25 pm

When it's cooler, makes sense. Takes less energy to fly in cooler temps than trying to stay cool flying in the hottest part of the day. Bet you could lure them out with a sprinkler turned on so they could play. Razz

Still only one hummie at my feeder, I think. Very thirsty one if only one (I've only seen one so far).
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:51 pm

No sprinkling for me. But, the hummies do love to fly around in the rain. We've had pretty nice evening showers the past couple of days.

I made more syrup yesterday, and almost boiled it to hard candy. I turned it on, went back to my desk, and forgot. affraid Fortunately, I caught it just in time that adding some water brought it back to normal gummy food.
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