Nectar Question

TimManAugust 10, 2011

Yesterday, I made up a new batch of nectar for my feeder. When I filled one of my feeders, a hummingbird started feeding from it. Within a few seconds, the hummer fluffed up it's feathers while standing on the perch, titled it's head sideways and partially opened it's beak. It was just frozer for about one minute. Other hummers flew up to it but the fluffed up hummer just stood still in it's position with fluffed feathers and cocked head. It was like it was frozen. After about a minute in this frozen state, the hummer finally flew off. The only thing I could think of to cause this reaction was I made the nectar too strong. Has this happened to anyone else?

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PaulDavid63

Same bird was at my house! Been feeding hummers for almost 30 years and have never seen anything like that until a few days ago. I thought the bird was sick or something. Was exactly as you have described. Thought he was going to fall off the feeder. My nectar is always 4-1.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 1:27PM
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ctnchpr

Did it look like this?

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 10:13PM
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TimMan

Looked just like your picture except it's beak was open about a 1/4".

    Bookmark   August 11, 2011 at 6:42AM
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ctnchpr

That was defensive posturing, trying to look formidable. It had found a food source, and didn't want to share.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2011 at 7:48AM
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PaulDavid63

Mine was sitting on the feeder and no birds approached. His head was more like hanging to his left and downward as if in a trance. Was a very long time when another bird showed up (30 sec.- a minute)and the weird bird just flew off. He was back in a few minutes, but did not have his head laying back and to the side. The feathers were all puffed up though and he still looked weired. I've seen a million birds on feeders and never seen this. I have seen the defensive posture daily.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2011 at 10:06AM
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