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Hummingbird not using feeder??

Posted by rich_manure z6 SEMA (richdelmo@aol.com) on
Sun, May 13, 12 at 13:24

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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RE: Hummingbird not using feeder??

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


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RE: Hummingbird not using feeder??

  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Sun, May 13, 12 at 16:09

What do the feeders look like? any photos?

Claire


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RE: Hummingbird not using feeder??

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.


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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.


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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.


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RE: Hummingbird not using feeder??

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


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RE: Hummingbird not using feeder??

  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Tue, May 15, 12 at 8:58

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


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RE: Hummingbird not using feeder??

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


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RE: Hummingbird not using feeder??

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 :(


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