Any reports of Hummers?

Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)March 15, 2012

Any sightings in LA?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm getting my feeders ready tomorrow and will put at least one out.

I discovered two little secrets last year and don't remember if I shared them here. The first one was when Robert brought home a bag of Extra Fine sugar by mistake. This is often called baking sugar. I contacted the Domino company (might as well go straight to the source, right) and asked if this could be used for hummingbird food, at the same rate as regular sugar. Well, it can and you don't have to boil it to dissolve it! The boiling really doesn't serve a purpose.

I also learned, from someone in the Hummingbird Forum, that a good spray of WD-40 on the pole you hang your feeder from will help keep the ants away. I found this little trick to be enormously helpful! I had tried everything over the years and this one really works. It requires some repeated applications, but not anymore than two or three over the season.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 10:40PM
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drippy(7bAL)

According to the hummingbird migration map, some sightings have been reported in our area. I put my feeder out yesterday.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hummingbird Migration Map

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 9:28AM
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outsideplaying_gw(7)

Thanks for the tip on WD-40. I have used petroleum jelly (messy) but this will be so much easier. I swab a little around the holes though. A little off topic, but the petroleum jelly around the hole of a bluebird nest box will keep the wasps out.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 12:25PM
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jeff_al

haven't seen any here in the auburn area. i put out the feeder two weeks ago when i noticed the red buckeyes putting out new growth. some of them are in full flower now. the early hummers will often be here when that food source is available.
dory,
i have an ant moat/guard that works well. i ordered it from lee valley tools; it was cheap. i actually made one from the plastic top of a spray paint can. punch a hole through the small, inner cup and run your hanger through that. fill the outer well with water or oil. very low maintenance.
i found the store-bought one to be less noticeable since it is clear acrylic so got that one.
thanks for the tip about petroleum jelly. i think i will try that on the wind chimes. the dirt daubers have messed up every set that i put out. the mud that they use sets up like concrete and dulls the sound!

Here is a link that might be useful: ant moat

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 2:05PM
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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

Some one posted about the WD40 last year.I took the advice and it seems to work. I purchased some HB food today.I want to have the. table set before my good neighbors do. My HB's came and disappeared for a while last year.I suspect some one was feeding them in better than me.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 8:42PM
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ala8south

YES! Saw our first ruby-throat here in Dothan on Tuesday. Our little female rufous winter visitor was still here as of yesterday. Didn't notice if she was still around today or not.
Dell

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 9:01PM
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tndaisy

Yes! In Jasper just now...he must be Irish!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 11:11AM
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jcalhoun(8b Mobile County AL)

I saw one Thursday loitering around my coral honeysuckles.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 9:15PM
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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

I cleaned up my two feeders and put one out today.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 8:25PM
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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

Does anyone here put out multiple feeders? I upgraded to two feeders last year. Was wondering if more the better for keeping them around.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 9:08PM
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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

Saw my first one today.B'ham area.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 9:28PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It takes dedication to keep up with multiple feeders, since keeping them clean is so important. Also, it's important that you have a suitable environment for these birds. They require shelter and shade, other food sources, and plenty of territory. You know how feisty they can be!

I put up two feeders...one very near our patio and the other one more than a hundred feet away...in the middle of a perennial bed. Those two feeders and lots of flowering plants kept what seemed like a little army busy last year.

Do you ever visit the Hummingbird Forum? There's someone over there (can't remember his name) who puts up multiple feeders, many of which he has made himself. He attracts so many birds that it doesn't seem healthy to me, but he says that he has an expansive habitat for all of them.

I'll see if I can find one of his videos and post it here.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 4:55AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Still nothing here, but the honeysuckle is starting to bloom along the fence, so I am hopeful.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 9:26AM
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outsideplaying_gw(7)

I am way, way behind, but we saw hummers a couple of weeks ago. March 24th-25th to be exact were our first sightings. Haven't seen many since though.

I do keep 2 feeders. My large one in the back and a smaller one in the front yard. Both are near flower sources and both have plenty of activity that don't seem to compete with each other. I find I can fill both with my usual mixture of 4 cups water/1 cup sugar nicely. Makes it easy.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 11:12AM
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evolvearoundme(7b)

None here yet, but I put the feeders out last weekend. I can't wait to see the little guys (and gals) again!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 9:04PM
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evolvearoundme(7b)

Saw the first one this afternoon!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 5:15PM
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drippy(7bAL)

My first little guys started coming around May 5. I've had them pretty steadily since then, and they are a welcome addition to the landscape!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 10:49PM
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lanier83(7)

Put my first feeder out Friday am. I have had two consistent visitors (I say 2 bc I only see them one at a time; male and a female).

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 11:00AM
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outsideplaying_gw(7)

I'm under attack! I've had my feeders out for a while and things had slowed down a bit, but now the hummers are on a roll. They are there all day and almost into the night. Saw one yesterday when it was almost night and it was even raining.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 5:00PM
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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

Same here the past week ! Had to refill twice this week. Ready to put up my second feeder.Planted two Cardinal vines last month which are just now getting established. These are suppose to attract hummers.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 9:04PM
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