I have hummingbirds year-round. There are 3 that hang in my yard consistently. I love to watch their antics and battles over the feeders. They are beautiful and fun to have around and let me know when the feeders need refilling - they will buzz my head when I go into the yard;o) They are so used to me they will come and eat out of the feeder as I am hanging it back up.
Our hummers and barn swallows usually come back at the end of the second week in April, and they were right on time this year. One little hummer got right in my face while I was watering plants in pots fifty feet from the porch and "complained" that the feeders were empty. I took the feeders down, thoroughly cleaned them, heated the sugar water, and literally the second I rehung the feeders, he was there filling up.
Off topic: The barn swallows are reusing old nests this year since we are in a prolonged drought and there is no mud for new construction. Some creative ones have added a bit to the top of the nest as if they are trying to make it their own. I usually power wash the porches and take down old nests when the swallows have left in the fall, but life got in the way this year. Maybe it was a good thing. The swallows have nests and baby swallows on the way, and they keep us mosquito free until they leave in late September.
One showed up here a couple of days ago and buzzed around the spot where the feeder was supposed to be hanging...I hurriedly ran and got it, made the sugar-water and hung it. I didn't get to see if he came back. Funny how, after that long absence, they still remember exactly where it was, year after year!
I had one a couple weeks ago, put the feeder out, and now nothing. Perhaps he was just an advance scout and the rest will be on their way soon. I will have to pay attention to what is blooming when they do arrive, perhaps I can coordinate the two events for future reference.
Well I'll be, a hummer just buzzed our fountain. Time to get out the feeder, a little early this year. It is a nice reminder that spring is finally arriving. We had a tornado on Friday, the yard is a disaster, but the hummer didn't care.
Cathy, I sure hope you and your family are okay. That must have been very scarey and I hope you did not have too much damage. Glad spring is coming for you and I hope you have lots of hummers buzzing about. It's already summer here and has been for awhile.
We have had our hummers here since the 2nd week of March. Start with some feeders around the yard, and get some plants that will attract them.
Please don't put red food coloring in the sugar water. It is not good for them. To make your own nectar, use 4 cups of water, and 1 cup of sugar. Heat it till the water is just warm enough to dissolve the sugar. Let it cool, and place in clean feeders.
Hummingbirds make their nests out of spider webs and lecithin. So I try not to sweep up any cobwebs anywhere in the garden after February. I also have a bird nest making kit. It is suppose to be for hummingbirds but the robins also use it. It hangs in the tree. I cannot remember where I got it. I was smart enough to order a refill but I am using that refill this year.
I also have a waterfall into my KOI pond. The hummingbird use it every morning to play in and drink. The robins take a great bath late every morning.
Hummingbirds seem to like to built their nest on a vine. And they built in on a part of the vine that is hanging. I have noticed 4 nests so far. I also put over ripe bananas behind the KOI pond. The rotting bananas attract gnats. Hummers love gnats. Have fun. Sharon.
God Bless the South and please all of you be safe.
I saw one yesterday while I was out digging in the garden. I think they will love my new "hot bed"...with all those oranges and reds. It was funny because he flew over just to say "Hi!", or so it seemed... He did not stick around to do much sipping.
I saw the first one the first week of March. He was checking out an empty feeder so like everyone else, I went running out to get it and fill it up. All three feeders are out now and I've seen a few more birds. Most of my flowers are in containers on the deck so you can sit out there and watch them zoom around.
Off topic but there has also been a Chuck-Will's-Widow hanging out in the pasture across the street for a few weeks now. I love sitting on the porch in the evenings and listening to him. He makes the stress of the workday just disappear for a while.
I didn't vote because there was not a suitable answer for me. My hummers left & headed back north more than a month ago so none of the answers gave me the correct option. There are some hummers that stay year round down in my neck of the woods but the majority are winter visitors. Will miss them till they return in the fall. Bye, bye hummers. See you in Oct.
If you go out and sit in the general area she is going to she will eventually slow down. She will not go on the nest until you sit and fade into the landscape. I finally figured that out a few years ago. I have 3 or 4 nests in the courtyard. They buzz me every time I go out the front door. They think it is their courtyard.
I watched one the other day taking spider webs off my pool filter. There are large knobs, about 10, around the filter. For some reason they get covered with webs. After I saw the hummer the other day, I checked and all knobs were cleaned up except one.
When I go into my laundry room and stand at the utility sink, 9 our of 10 times a hummer will come to the window over the sink and buzz me. It makes my day every time. Sharon.
Well I have two very large windows now sprayed with a "white" substance. This is what the "hummingbird" does to the windows anyone goes by that is near her nest. I guess it is suppose to hide her and the nest from our seeing eyes. I will try to take a photo tomorrow.