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Angie #635057 10/05/10 08:27 PM
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Hummingbirds head south when they are ready. Leaving your feeder out won't tempt them to stay too long, in fact it will help them fatten up for the journey.
Here in Northern Indiana I haven't seen any hummingbirds at my feeder for about a week, but I refilled it anyway just in case some migrants from further north are still coming through. Around here we encourage people to leave the HB feeders up until the middle of October.

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What humminbirds are you seeing where you live as spring makes its appearance?

Where I live in the Western Central Highlands of Mexico the most common hummingbird is the violet-crowned. Now that the prickly pears/nopal cactus and other red/orange wild flowers are really beginning to bloom I see them regularly on the trails- along with a plethora of bees.

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I can't wait for the hummers to show up! I am not sure what type we have but there is a female that nests in our China Berry tree every year.


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Are the hummers going to be showing up soon where you live in Oklahoma? Even with my field guides I have trouble identifying some of them (even when I get good photos of them) but whether I know there "names" or not I am always thrilled to see them.

From where I am writing this I have a direct view of our bougainvillea which is now in full bloom and is a "magnet" for at least three different species of hummingbirds and loads of butterflies, particularly monarchs.

I really get a kick out of how territorial those little hummers are as they tenaciously chase off any other ones that are intruding while they are feasting.

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I am thinking they will be here in a couple of months. Probably when my honeysuckle starts blooming. After we planted that I noticed the hummingbirds. I love the way it smells. I have it in 2 places in my yard.

The male that comes and visits our feeder has a red collar.

And I too enjoy the antics of those tiny birds.


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I did as you all suggested ad left the hummingbird feeder up last year, just in case they stopped by during the migration. I also put it back up this year so that it was ready before they were due back. I just kept it out there, but hadn't seen any action. This morning a lovely little visitor found my large hanging fuschia and my feeder! And has been back twice again. I guess we do have Hummers in St. Louis. WooHoo!

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I have been having several Rubythroat hummers at my feeder lately, and this morning a male and female were doing a lot of chasing each other around it. Suddenly he grabbed her and they both fell to the ground, where he stood on her head and kept her pinned down for several minutes while she struggled to get up. She kept presenting her tail but he didn't seem interested. If that was hummer courtship, it is pretty aggressive!

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We only get one type of hummingbird here in Massachusetts but I'm happy with them smile We have six different petunia plant baskets to lure them in, plus some fuschia and lantana. They seem to like the lantana most of all, and dart around all of its little blossoms. We used to put out nectar feeders in the past but between the ants and bees clogging it up it just wasn't worth it. So now we have a big rubbermaid container of all our old nectar feeders, and just have the flowers out.

Maybe I should scrub out one of the nectar feeders and put it up just to see if they visit it too over the flowers smile


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Hi Lisa,

It won't stop the bees but maybe you could try coating the pole that I mount my nectar feeders on (liberally) with petroleum jelly and it seems to keep them from climbing up.

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One ruby throated hummer visited my garden this week; it was the first one. I do not put nectar out any more. It is just too hot here and there are not enough hummers to finish the nectar in a day. I have petunias but the hummers prefer the millions of blooms.


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