Can I fill saucer feeders half way?

blackmons(z5 IL)September 8, 2013

I put up my first hummingbird feeder a few weeks ago, and I am totally addicted to watching these amazing creatures! I have three Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds fighting over my saucer feeder. It's in full sun, outside my kitchen window, so I need to change the sugar water pretty frequently. If I just fill the saucer half way, will the hummingbirds be able to reach the water on the bottom? How far can their tongues reach?
Thanks,
Laurie

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shillanorth Z4 AB

Their tongues are about twice as long as their bills so there should be no problem.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 9:34PM
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ditas

Wow ~ I didn't know that shillanorth! No wonder I was watching very closely how Ms Speedy annoyed (surely) at a li'l sweat bees (frequenting her cafe) ~ chased the others around & zapped one! I didn't see it take off nor did it drop on our deck floor. I know they can devour li'l bugs, could she have this one?

I must pick up, well reviewed R Burton's book on these mini-Jewels ~ as recommended by mehitabel in a previous post!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 11:19PM
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shillanorth Z4 AB

I don`t have any experience with sweat bees up here but I do know that the bulk of their insect diet is baby spiders and then small gnats and other insects of similar size.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 9:04PM
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ctnchpr

Hummingbird tongue...

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 10:08PM
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