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Can I fill saucer feeders half way?

Posted by blackmons z5 IL (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 8, 13 at 20:49

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?

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RE: Can I fill saucer feeders half way?

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

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  • Posted by ditas z4-5 Iowa (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 8, 13 at 23:19

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!

RE: Can I fill saucer feeders half way?

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.

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Hummingbird tongue...

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