Hummingbird not using feeder??

richdelmoMay 13, 2012

Any one have a clue why my hummingbird won't use this feeder. I have a brand new feeder in location I've been using for years that has always attracted the hummers, but this year so far it has not it. I have another feeder on the opposite side of my house that gets frequent visits, usually they would go from one directly to the other but not this year?????

BTW I have refreshed the feeding mixture.

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girlcat36

I am wondering the same thing! I have a new feeder(different shape) in the exact location the old one was. The hummingbird buzzes around it, but has yet to feed from it!

Teresa

    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 1:52PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

What do the feeders look like? any photos?

Claire

    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 4:09PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

If they are plastic, did you wash them before filling them? I often find that new plastic has an odor and am wondering if the hummers can smell or see something in the new feeders that they don't like.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 8:16AM
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richdelmo

My hummingbird must have read my post, literally a few hours after starting this thread he showed up at the new feeder. That's good news but I only saw him there one more time, at least he is using it.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 1:37PM
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spedigrees z4VT

I hope some new kind of toxic plastic (from China) is not now being used to manufacture hummingbird feeders. That is troubling. Maybe when I need to replace the two I have now, I should switch to glass feeders.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 1:39PM
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girlcat36

My feeder was purchased at Lowes; it is the flat round type and is all plastic. (looks like Droll Yankee feeder?)
I previously used the bottle-type glass feeder. I think I am going to get another glass bottle-type feeder and see what happens.

Teresa

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 7:46PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

The flat Droll Yankee type feeders are fine. Maybe it's just that the hummers haven't figured out yet that there's nectar in there. Or maybe a new plastic smell. Otherwise, I haven't a clue.

Claire

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 8:58AM
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terrene(5b MA)

From what I've read birds have excellent eyesight and hearing, but they don't have much of a sense of smell.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 12:21AM
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corunum z6 CT(6)

Well, after several weeks and only one female stopping for 60 seconds, I'm going back to the glass feeder too. The top of the flat, round feeder is totally paled out. We'll see if changing feeders attracts anybody. A friend told me that her window feeder attracts far more, sometimes 6 hummers at a time, but the hanging flat feeder in the open near flowers only attracts a few and not as often. Maybe I should make sign: Free Food.

Jane...with no hummers :(

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:53AM
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