First Hummer!

gldno1April 19, 2009

This morning, exactly the same day as last year, our first male hummingbird ate at the kitchen feeder. Ineresting.

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jspeachyn5

Congratulations!
That is interesting... you will have to try an see if it happens again next year.
Still no hummers here.
I think I should change the food in mine though since it has been over a week.
Maybe in should tie something red to my feeder. Mine has a little red on it but not much.
Congratulations again on the hummer!
Bonnie

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 1:49PM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

Good to hear an update. Looking forward to seeing them again this year!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 4:06PM
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gldno1

This one ate from the copper colored feeder that just has little red flowers at the openings, not the one with the red top and base. I was surprised. I just left the old syrup in there since we haven't had any hot weather. Tomorrow I will refill them with fresh.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 5:44PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

I saw two this afternoon. I just put up my feeder today because ants got in my sugar water that I mixed up last weekend. Terro liquid ant killer that I got at Lowes worked. It was about $3. I also got some outside stakes, but it was the liquid drops that got them out of my kitchen. They were about to carry us off. I have lots of flowers and hadn't seen hummers on flowers so I wasn't in a big hurry to put up the feeder.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 7:23PM
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gldno1

I fought ants in the kitchen last year and Terro is what finally got rid of them for me too.

I didn't see a hummer all day yesterday.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 7:24AM
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pamcrews(6 SW Missouri)

Got my first one today! Yiphee! I wonder if it's the same one from last year?

Pam

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 7:53PM
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sunnyside1(z6/SW Mo.)

I saw my first one this season in the Heckrotti honeysuckle outside my kitchen window today! Yea!
Carole

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 9:49PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Still impatiently waiting here. I had at least a dozen last year. Surely some of them will find their way back. Pam - It would be nice if there was an easy way to tag them so a person could see how many return to the same area.
How long has your heckrotti honeysuckle been in bloom Carole? I have Dropmore Scarlet and Coral Honeysuckle but they're not blooming yet. There are a few buds on the coral honeysuckle that are almost ready to open.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 11:01AM
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sunnyside1(z6/SW Mo.)

The Heckrotti has been blooming for a couple of weeks now. It's almost impossible to make cuttings from it -- I have two that rooted, but I sure had to sweet talk them.

Christie, I might be able to find a rooted small one around here--let me know if you want to come get it when you're in Joplin.
Sunny

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 12:09PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Yay! My first hummingbird (a male) showed up this afternoon and spent some time at the feeder. Hope he stays around. I have a few things blooming in my yard but not really any hummingbird favorites. I need to keep my feeder filled until I do.

Sunny - I'd love to have a start of your heckrotti but I have two coral honeysuckles in temporary spots that I need to find a place for first. Keep me in mind for next year. My little arbor is still a pile of boards. The plan is to put a coral honeysuckle on each side of that but I saw a photo recently of a mature coral honeysuckle and it was huge. They may overtake it.

We have a chain link fence around our back yard and it's tempting to put vines all the way around it but I'm afraid it will just look messy to anyone that isn't a gardener. My Dropmore Scarlet is already growing on it and a couple clematis.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 4:43PM
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