Annual Hummingbird Report!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stringbanger, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. MattyK-USA

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    We have a feeder on one end of the lanai, and a bottlebrush tree on the other end. We get tons of the little folks. Mostly the iridescent green variety. They can be very aggressive with other birds, at least around here. We have them pretty much year 'round.
     
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    One large and three smaller feeders. We are refilling every other day for the iridescent green and the red throated varieties.
     
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    Ours showed up about a month ago, which I thought was a little early. We put fresh water out about every week or 10 days and we've got a few steady customers.
     
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    We constantly have 5 to 15 hummingbirds at our feeders at any given moment. They are constantly buzzing around our house. We have both Black Chinned, Broad Tail and the Rufous will be around later in the year.
     
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  5. Stringbanger

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    Only when the formula starts to get old does it attract bugs and bees. A quick spray down on the feeder with a hose can solve that problem too.
     
  6. Stringbanger

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    I’m trying. Too busy working on the front porch. Feeders are all toward the back patio. I’ll set my tripod up soon.
     
  7. Mechanic

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    I do the weekly water change but we haven’t had hardly any traffic this year. We might see one or two a day if that. I need to put out the bath for them. See if that works. Don’t know what the flowers are but they have yet to flower. When they do the bees come and then we get hummer traffic.
     
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  8. Stringbanger

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    S-hooks are your friends! I have been doing this hummingbird thing for 20+ years, and you learn these little tricks as you go.

    Hang your cord/rope from an eye hook, tree limb, etc. Tie an S-hook to the end of the cord. Then attach a wire or zip tie to the bottom end of the S-hook, and you are able to remove feeders quickly and easily for refilling/cleaning.

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  9. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

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    I've been using one of these for years, the h-birds love it and no problem with bugs getting in. I change the fluid twice a week.

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  10. Stringbanger

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    Keeping your hummingbird solution fresh is critical at the end of the season too. These little birds need fresh stuff to give them energy for their long migration.

    My record for seeing the last one is September 22nd. That was two years ago. The previous record was September 18th. I know everyone’s will be different depending on your locale.
     
  11. stratoman1

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    This is from last year. I think it's probably the same bird this year but I don't see it as often. Last year it seemed like it had a timetable. I'm thinking there's only about a month left before it heads south

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  12. Stringbanger

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    I’m thinking I still have 5-6, or maybe more. Still dive-bombing each other, despite me having 5 feeders. Great fun to watch!
     
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    They are entertaining. I think they watch us as much as we watch them. I was hoping to see more though. There's got to be more than one here. I'm in a 144 unit complex, I've seen a hummer at one of the other units and there are a couple feeders out. I dont think one bird can cover them all
     
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