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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Tue May 27, 2014 12:06 pm

I saw my first hummie of the season! Brad and mom have seen them but I didn't.....until Saturday night. One lone hummie came to the feeder and gorged himself.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed May 28, 2014 8:37 pm

The boys are still visiting the feeders in the morning and evening. No signs of the moms yet. The raccoons decided to get drunk on sugar water the other night. Now, we're bringing in the feeders for the nights. We have lots of seed feeders, and now two hummie feeders too.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by Sue Short on Wed May 28, 2014 8:47 pm


Drunk raccoons, now that's funny.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed May 28, 2014 9:19 pm

These two need a 12 step program!
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Sat May 31, 2014 12:34 pm

I've heard of deer and moose drinking from hummie feeders.....I know a few superfat squirrels here who try to do the same.

So far I've only seen one male hummie.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:26 am

Ours are coming back. I saw two males facing off for one of the feeders. I think the battles will begin soon. It gets crazy here with the swarms of hummies trying to get the most.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:50 am

I wish I could see a hummie again....no sightings over the weekend but the feeder level seems to be lower. Brad said he sees the one male, but not as often as we did last year. Could it be most of them didn't come this far north this year?
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by BobCat on Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:24 pm

And I've seen a tiny little female a couple of times, but my juice is going down too, so either she's been there a lot more than I've noticed, or there are others helping her out.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:11 pm

I just bought a 10 pound bag of sugar to get through the season. The little birds will drink most of that before they leave in October. They're starting to come back to the feeders, so the kids must be hatched.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:27 pm

I have a feeling we just don't have many hummies here in Rockton this year. Other than the one sighting I haven't seen any anywhere. My mom hasn't either besides at Brads feeder (twice). Last year we were seeing them all over the place!
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:15 pm

I bet you're a couple weeks behind us. We had some at first, then they disappeared for a few weeks. Now, they're starting to come back. I saw four today. By July, we have swarms at the feeders. I can't even count them.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:22 pm

I gotta remember, they were late coming back this year. Mom's hanging out another hummie and seed feeder, just in case the swarm shows up.
The lone seed feeder can't handle the crowd at dawn and dusk....looks like rush hour at McD's there's so many birds out there jockeying for a space to land.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:47 pm

The syrup battles are starting up. I've seen several buzzing around and chasing each other from the feeders. Some girls are showing up too.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by BobCat on Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:38 pm

I'm not getting any traffic to speak of at my hummie feeder...
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:41 pm

I'll bet you'll see some in a couple weeks. Ours are just starting back.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:08 pm

BobCat wrote:I'm not getting any traffic to speak of at my hummie feeder...

Neither are we.....only one lone hummie so far.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by BobCat on Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:32 am

Yep - only one little female...
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:57 pm

Ours is a male.....we're wondering if he even found a female here to nest with.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:21 pm

We have absolute swarms now. I guess the babies are coming along with their moms. I'm going through a bottle of syrup every day. I mix up some concentrated stuff and mix it 1/2 syrup with 1/2 water. That way, I only need to make sugar water once a week. The birds have gone through almost 5 pounds of sugar so far. I bought a 10 pound bag, and will probably need a few more pounds before they migrate in October.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:05 pm

No real swarms, but Donna reports more than a few at her feeder on the other side of the building. So far we only have the two coming to ours, a male and a female. Only a matter of time before we see the kids.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by Sue Short on Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:42 pm


So far I have seen any. We have tons of flowers that will attract them.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:56 pm

They seem to be sneakier in town. This is the only place I've ever seen so many. I know they were at our house in town, but it was hard to catch sight of them.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:20 pm

I saw one hummie while waiting at the church for the pantry to open. Seemed to be studying it's own shadow on the church siding. He did this for nearly 15 minutes before flying off to who knows where.

The library has a LOT of trumpet shaped flowers in their flowerboxes this year, all pink and red. I bet the hummies come here but I just am not looking at the right time to see them. There doesn't seem to be as many of them here this year as years past.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by bpaquet on Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:41 pm

They are most active at sunup and sundown. Our crowd seems to be about the same size. I wonder if your endless cold weather had many of them decide to stay further south this year.
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Re: return of the hummies

Post by fiffur on Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:32 pm

I saw a few at sunup at the church last time I went to the pantry. Saw the one who comes to our feeder too. They waste no time between our putting out a nice clean refilled feeder and getting in it for a meal.
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