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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:25 pm

I had about 10 zooming around the feeder this morning. The parents came later and were slower. The kids seem to be practicing fighting and feeder hogging. Fortunately, everyone got a turn.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:27 pm

The swarms have arrived. They drank 2 feeders of syrup today. I know I saw 10 flying around this morning, and I heard others nearby. I guess the babies are all out if the nest and are getting ready for the big migration. Hard to believe that they'll be flying south in a couple months.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:04 pm

I know, I'll miss them. I have just the one coming to my feeder (that I've seen anyway). Mom spotted it at my feeder as we were leaving the parking lot in the car.....definitely an adult from the size.
No swarms to report here so the ones further north aren't on the move yet.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Fri Aug 14, 2015 4:22 pm

If you have one, you probably have at least two. Smile
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Post by fiffur on Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:43 am

Then I'm just not seeing them at the right time. I hope I get this years babies at my feeder next year. I know the one I keep seeing will definitely look for it when they come back next spring.
Now to keep that pesky squirrel from draining it on me.....I need a much taller hook and a baffle.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:46 pm

EARLY morning and right before it gets totally dark are when we see the most.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:28 pm

At Brads' and moms' feeders we see them nearly all day long! Lots of the babies are zooming around now....we watched several last Saturday practicing hogging the feeder. Fun to watch!
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:07 pm

I think most of the ones zooming around are babies. They're getting big and tanking up for the upcoming migration. I think they'll start heading out in about a month. They're eating a ton now.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:18 pm

I've noticed...they're eating a lot more here too. And I know they'll be leaving by Oct 1st if this years' weather is like last years.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:50 pm

I've heard that this winter is supposed to be snowier and colder for us. Ugh! It's an El Nino year, so I expect yucky weather. But, for now, the hummies are in bird heaven. The weather isn't too bad, the storms have been staying away, and the sugar water keeps coming. Let's hope August, September, and October stay hurricane free!
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:08 pm

The Rose of Sharon bushes have a lot of flowers right now, and the birds are crazy for them. I need to relocate some of the volunteer bushes, and I'm trying to find a place we can see from the house or pasture. I'm not sure... We're pretty wooded around the house.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:06 pm

It's hummie insanity here. I swear there must be 100 flying all over the place. Many of them are kids, but they're growing fast. I'm sure we see so many because they are getting ready for their trip. I already know I'll miss them. It's so neat to hear them squeaking at me when it's time to fill the feeders.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:11 pm

Wish I could hear that!!! I envy you your hummie swarms!

We still have our few hummers here, but they are hungrier. I know they're getting all beefed up for their long flight south. I will miss them.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:28 pm

This is the only place I've ever been where we have swarms. They love the crepe myrtle trees, and I think they build their nests in them. I have a great volunteer tree from one that fell over in Hurricane Isabel. The one that fell had pink flowers, and its baby has white ones that come out really early.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:54 pm

I think they're on the move. Today was the first day the bottles weren't emptied. We still have some chirping around the windows, and I see them in almost all the trees. But, I'm pretty sure they're packing up for warmer climes.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:31 pm

Ours are coming in the early morning and late dusk, when it's cooler out. Any other trips are fast and furious, and it's back into the shade tree!
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:44 pm

Ours are usually gone by October. We keep a feeder out for a couple weeks after we see the last one just in case any stop by on their travels.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:32 pm

The moms and kids are still around, but I think the dads have flown. The young males are starting to show some red on their throats. The kids are getting bigger, and slowly, the crowds are leaving. I actually need to empty feeders tomorrow. I think I'll put one away and leave only two out for a while.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:48 pm

There was a tiny swarm tonight. Three of the kids were having fake fights over the feeder. The one boy who is biggest chased the others off. They sat in the Rose of Sharon bushes and ate from those flowers until he wasn't looking, and then ZOOM! They flew in for a drink from the feeder.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:25 am

hehehehehe..........

Ours are still here, fattening up for their long journey. We leave our feeders out until at least mid October, in case any stragglers from up north are passing through on their way south.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:27 pm

Just a few here and there. The migration has begun.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:42 pm

Seems so....we see less of them too.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:46 pm

One traveller came to squeak at the window today. I don't know what she wanted. The feeder is full. I guess she was just saying hello.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:05 pm

Could be.....maybe saying "Thanks for the meal. I'll see you in the spring on my way up north, have a good winter!"
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