Hummingbirds on their way!

melvalenaFebruary 28, 2011

The Little Wonders are on their way back!

They are usually spotted mid to end of March in my area of North Texas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Migration Map

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linda_tx8(8)

My Carolina Jessamine is blooming, so it shouldn't be long now!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 12:59AM
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sam_mocotx(9)

I put my feeder out this weekend for them. So far no sign of them here in Montgomery County (north of Houston). Can't wait for them to arrive!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2011 at 8:41PM
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linda_tx8(8)

I've never quite figured out why they do it by species only and then it's mostly the Ruby-throated on most maps. The species we see most is the Black-chinned Hummingbird, (although various others come through a bit during migration periods). There's no migration map for that one!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 12:16AM
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Lynn Marie

I saw this post and cleaned and restocked my two feeders today. I've always wanted hummers in my yard and this year I'm planting more hummer food than ever! Wish me luck! Thanks for the link too!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 8:09PM
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bouquet(z8 Dallas)

Several years ago when there were so many fires in the northwest, I spotted this Rufous hummingbird in my backyard for several weeks. He had a bright orange head that really stood out in the sun. The picture is not too clear but here he is

    Bookmark   March 4, 2011 at 6:06PM
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bigtexworms

I can't wait! I love love love them.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 8:41PM
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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

I just planted my 3rd Carolina Jessamine. I hope they show up soon too. Last year they went crazy over the Hyacinth bean (July-Sept).

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 10:01PM
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carino2010(8)

When will they arrive in Houston?

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 1:00PM
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linda_tx8(8)

I guess this is as close as it comes to the map for the hummingbirds that I see. Hmmm...I see a couple of reports not far from my area!

Here is a link that might be useful: Other Hummingbirds

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 2:45PM
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melvalena

carino2010,

According to the migration map some have already been spotted around Houston.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 3:19PM
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Lynn Marie

According to the second link (thanks, linda_tx8) one has been spotted in Garland, very near me! We'd better all go clean all our feeders out!!!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 3:51PM
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linda_tx8(8)

My feeder has been up for a while! I figure they might need a little extra enticement...near the blooming plant...couldn't hurt, although I KNOW they prefer the plant right now!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 6:04PM
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texanjana(8)

I put my feeders up today, usually see our first hummer around March 15th.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 8:07PM
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jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)

I saw my first hummer of the season early last week, enjoying the blooms of my Kalanchoe. I'm a few miles west of Tomball.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 9:01AM
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melvalena

Got my feeders out over the weekend. I'm so happy to hear someone here on Texas garden Web has actually seen one!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 12:22PM
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carino2010(8)

Thank you melvalenam, I will clean my feeders today and wait for these little angels.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 10:11AM
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chena(z8 Texas)

This is from a migration a couple yrs. ago.. I am so looking forward to their return.. ;0)

Kylie

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 4:58PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Great photo, Kylie, I never see this many at one time.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 5:51PM
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melvalena

WOW!!! I love to see bunches of them together.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 5:55PM
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chena(z8 Texas)

There were about 15 going to this feeder.. I had 2 other feeders out but they really didn't have much to do with them??? This was all I could get in one shot out of about a bazillion try's..LOL

Kylie

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 1:34PM
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melvalena

I'm glad you kept trying. Mine never seem to stay long enough for me to take a picture or 'em. They buzz in and out.
This year I plan to have lots more flowers for them now that my beds are ready to plant.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 2:25PM
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Lynn Marie

WOW! That is 8 at once! If you get that many, could you please let some of them know about my feeders in Mesquite?

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 4:48PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Kylie may have them all tagged like JD does.........LOL. Really been expecting him to chime in at any time......

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 6:32PM
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alouwomack(Zone 7)

Anyone spotted birds around DFW? I'm thinking it's still too early...

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 10:39PM
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bossjim1

There were 5 or 6 on my crossvine this morning.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 11:02PM
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melvalena

I swear I've heard one on 2 different occasions over the last 2 days. But haven't seen one yet.
Rubys have been spotted up in Oklahoma already. Other species haven't been reported in N Texas yet.

Anyone in the DFW area see any action yet?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 12:09PM
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linda_tx8(8)

They are finally here...don't know why so late, BUT glad to see them! They are using the salvias, since the jessamine no longer has blooms.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 5:00PM
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melvalena

Linda, what part of N Texas are you in? I'm in North Flower Mound.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 7:12PM
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chena(z8 Texas)

I saw the first on on the feeder this morning!! YAY!!
Time to get the rest of them out!!

Kylie

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 7:33PM
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melvalena

Just saw my first hummer!!! I had been working out in the yard all day. Came in and cleaned up and getting dinner started. I walked over to the window just to admire what I had accomplished and he came right up to the feeder in front of my face. I didn't move but said oh my gosh so hubby could turn and look. Hummer guy just looked at me, thought about landing but changed his mind.
Then I looked across the house to the front feeder and there he was!
I'm pretty sure he was a black chinned. I'm so glad I had the feeders up and filled. This is the earliest I've ever seen one myself.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 6:40PM
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justintx(7B-NorthFt.Worth)

Hey Mel,
I saw my first one today - but I haven't been home in daylight hours much for the last month. Just put out my feeders last Sunday and they were low. the little black-chinned male may have been around a while. the house finches like the feeders too. They may be the ones that have been visiting.

I remember them showing up around the 14th a couple of years ago. I didn't record my 1st siting last year. nice to see them again.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 10:34PM
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melvalena

It just feels so right that they're back. :)

House finches on hummer feeders? Really?

Dang it Kylie you're ahead of us but only by a few days.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 10:39PM
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bossjim1

Melvalena, you better catch the little buggers and put their sweaters on.
Jim

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 9:39AM
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melvalena

I would if they'd let me! Its pretty chilly and damp up here.
Maybe these guys will hang around a bit before moving further north.

Melvalena

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 10:05AM
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rcgsltx

Saw the first one nectaring from my coral honeysuckle yesterday evening! I'm in the Ft. Worth area.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 1:38PM
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bootscootengal

saw my first 1 sat. about 3.lov the little guys!!!!!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 4:21PM
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justintx(7B-NorthFt.Worth)

Mel,
Yep, every year the house finches hold on the best they can and help themselves to some 'juice'. They've always done it here. Interesting that you haven't seen the same.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 6:26PM
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Sowth Efrikan

I'm so jealous - last year we had great success with agastache, we actually saw a hummingbird sit - yes, sit - on the plant. That was before my dog dug it up, so this year I am starting all over again.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 6:51PM
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melvalena

Hang in there sowthefrikan!!!!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 7:41PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

If there are any hummingbird watchers out there, that want to come by. I will open my yard to the folks on this forum. I am not going to open it to the public. Last year I used 5 lbs of sugar a day to keep the feeders full. It kept me busy. I only let two people come by and take pictures. A couple from Alice, and Humble. They both stayed for hours, taking pictures. Last year I had a white hummingbird stay for 4 days. Also the redbirds next door in the State of Texas property were in, all you could see were red birds in the trees. Both couples came from Lindas' house, when they heard about the white hummingbird. Linda, opens her yard to hummingbird watchers. Barbra

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 9:47AM
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flowerlover78(8b)

they loved the pride of barbados/ bird of paradise last year, I am not sure if the frost got to mine or what - but am going to work on more for this year, they are so awesome and you guys have some great photos of them. I am never that quick to get the camera- will have to work on it this year

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 11:00AM
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melvalena

Oh how I wish I lived closer to you!

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 12:11PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

It would be a great week-end trip for you and hubby, Mel.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 2:52PM
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melvalena

Me maybe .. Hubby won't drive 30 minutes for a nice meal! He sure as heck won't drive to see hummers.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 4:03PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Then leave him at home..............LOL>

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 9:06AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Well, they certainly took their time arriving at my house, but they are here now..............

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 9:00AM
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melvalena

/jumping up and down

Yea!!!!

So far I've only seen that one, once. I thought I saw one early one morning buzz the yard but the sun was in my eyes and I couldn't be sure it was a hummer, but I thought it was.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 10:25AM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Saw my first hummer here in San Antonio yesterday. It was on the red yucca flowers which are just opening.

Last year there were huge fights over the feeder so we'll try to keep two going.

Barbra, that's a lovely invitation. If we do get to the coast, I'll certainly get in touch. We'll try not to stay for hours, but the hummingbirds are just part of what I'd love to see in your yard!

Shirley

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 10:41AM
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