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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 17, 2011
11:42 AM

Post #8761461

We came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1187473/

Hard to believe that we are only on our 3rd thread for this summer. That is a real indication that things have been slow everywhere this year.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 17, 2011
6:06 PM

Post #8762001

Thank Nan for the new thread, not only has it been slow, the mirgration already begun?
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 17, 2011
6:18 PM

Post #8762017

Thanks for taking the initiative to start the new thread, Nanny. Great shot of your Hummer. I agree, that things have been slow this year. The hummers I have this year are not to use to me, because of all the rain we've had. They take off when I'm ready for a shot.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 17, 2011
6:20 PM

Post #8762021

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 17, 2011
7:32 PM

Post #8762125

Yes migration has begun...and my males are definitely getting little pot bellies as the fatten up before they leave in the next few weeks.

Not so great shot! lol

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2011
12:49 PM

Post #8771225

Two male hummers have formed a truce. The mature male has staked out the big feeder and the juvi has the two smaller ones. Sometimes the juvi flies around the perched mature one like he's trying to start a fight. The mature male couldn't care less.

Here's the juvi male -- at least I think it's a male. Seem to see a spot on the throat every now and then. I call him Metro for metrosexual. He's perched on my dead Japanese Maple.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8771231

Here's the mature male. They do like to perch on the dead stuff huh? Good thing there's plenty of that in my yard!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8771256

Elphy, I think you're right. They do love to perch on dead tree branches. :))

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2011
1:08 PM

Post #8771258

That's a beautiful pic Lily! Your dead things are prettier than my dead things!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8771302

Dragonfly too seems to prefer dead branches or neutral color branches, here is a vitex with seedpods. Elphy what's a sweet thing to say.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 22, 2011
5:26 PM

Post #8771765

Lovely, Kim and Elphaba.

Preening on her favorite perch.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 22, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8771771

After all that preening.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 22, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8771820

Cute as can be!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2011
6:39 PM

Post #8771883

Our little male in the river birch in the front yard.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 22, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8771924

So sweet!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 23, 2011
5:04 AM

Post #8772432

Nice ones Burn and Nanny!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 24, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8774397

Question for your folks: I'm going to be vacationing soon. I usually change the hummer feeders every 3 or 4 days. If I leave the feeders up and I'm gone for a week, will I be endangering their health?

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

August 24, 2011
10:51 AM

Post #8774708

Can you put them in shade or part shade while your gone?

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 24, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8774720

Yes, one of them is in the shade now.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 25, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8776749

Yesterday, on the front feeder.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 25, 2011
4:05 PM

Post #8776752

In the front yard, on the crab apple tree.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 26, 2011
1:08 PM

Post #8778309

I was sitting on the deck watching the bluebirds when a hummer came to the hummingbird feeder, followed closely by another. They both took off, buzzing within inches of my heard. Then they flew straight up and were quickly out of my sight. I was holding a camera with a 400mm lens and I aimed it in the direction they had gone and held down the pre focus . To my surprise I saw them. They went back and forth above me for a minute or so before I lost them.I know the shots are not great quality but I was just surprised to get anything at all. They were at least 50 feet up and against a gray sky.

I can see it OK on my monitor. I hope it shows up for you.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 26, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8778311

This is the next shot and it is rather weird. I don't know whose wings are whose but it makes an interesting profile.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8778312

cool!
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 26, 2011
1:18 PM

Post #8778322

One more. This is more typical of the dozen or so shots I got. One would chase the other, then the chased became the chaser

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8778649

looks like ballet in the air!!

my sad attempts today...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2011
4:55 PM

Post #8778650

and this one...

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 26, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8778662

Dave, wow, I never could get them like that, way to fast for me , great shots!!!
Nanny I like the last shot, the way he position, with one leg up.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 26, 2011
5:29 PM

Post #8778694

I couldn't capture a clearer pix, this is to say. I see these lovely daily too and recently have seen some males too.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

August 26, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8778796

Amazing shots, Dave.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 28, 2011
7:39 PM

Post #8782096

Nice shots of your hummers everyone! My males will be leaving in a few days..but haven't been too cooperative with photo's. Here are a couple I have gotten though.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 28, 2011
7:40 PM

Post #8782098

these two were curious of each other..

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 28, 2011
7:41 PM

Post #8782100

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

August 28, 2011
7:43 PM

Post #8782104

last shot for now...hope i get a few more of the males.

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catzgalore

catzgalore
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 29, 2011
5:46 AM

Post #8782609

I love your third pic Burd

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2011
7:13 AM

Post #8782758

Love, love, every one single shot of them here.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 29, 2011
8:35 AM

Post #8782928

You got two in a shot, that's a great accomplishment, It's hard enough to get one!!! Lovely pics too, Burd.
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 29, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8783397

Using the 600mm lens with a 2x TC gives you a pretty close look but it is pretty hard to keep a hummer in focus and in the frame.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 29, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8783401

This is where he hides out until he sees another hummer about to visit "his" feeder.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 29, 2011
1:19 PM

Post #8783409

Fortunately, I had another camera with a 300mm lens with me. It was a little easier to catch them with that combination.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 29, 2011
1:23 PM

Post #8783413

Rather unusual pose. I think he was startled by the click of my camera's shutter. (Or should I say "she"?) Not really sure with that one.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 29, 2011
1:30 PM

Post #8783424

Caught this one with its beak in an unusual position and maybe dozing just a bit.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2011
3:32 PM

Post #8783603

Burd excellent shots there...congrats on the double!!

Cool catches Dave!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2011
3:34 PM

Post #8783607

finally have several females coming on a regular basis...now to try to get some photos of them!


by the way...I hate posting after Burd and CousinDave!! lol ;)

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8783758

Nan, you're not alone. LOL I just want to get a better camera every time I see Cousin Dave and Burd post a pic. or two. lol

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8785768

camera schmamera. i just want summer daily hummingbird visits like I get in fall migration!

Nice job everyone.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 1, 2011
2:06 PM

Post #8788922

Three photos of one of the current Hummingbirds.

Showing off his first ruby feathers.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 1, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8788924

Eyes closed.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 1, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8788925

Cute

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 1, 2011
2:18 PM

Post #8788939

Awwww, he's the cutest!!!!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 1, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8789358

Very nice Pelle!!! The first red spot, is always in the middle of the throat. I've never seen one yet, where it would start elsewhere.
Cute Nanny, I can see, she spotted you.:)

Crocosmia, are very enticing to the Hummers.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 1, 2011
6:35 PM

Post #8789360

...

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 1, 2011
6:37 PM

Post #8789363

...

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 1, 2011
8:15 PM

Post #8789538

Wonderful pics burn!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 2, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8789999

Such great photos everyone! So glad you're all enjoying these little jewels.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 2, 2011
9:23 AM

Post #8790185

Nice pelle & burn!! My Crocosmia didn't do anything this year so out they came!! Just don't have much luck with things the hummer like. Have got to find something!


Could you please come and pose when there is good light??

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 2, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8790343

He is a ruffed up little cutie!
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

September 2, 2011
6:47 PM

Post #8790812

Great shots of your hummers everyone! The males will be leaving here within a day or so...the winds will be coming out of the north bringing cooler temps.
Today it was 100 in the backyard, I turned on the sprinkler in hopes to get one to take a shower/bath but they would not allow each other to do so...it was funny as I watched the repeated chasing so no one gets to the sprinkler. lol Here's what I got though.

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

September 2, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8790816

trying to get closer to the sprinkler...not going to happen..lol

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

September 2, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8790818

...

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

September 2, 2011
6:51 PM

Post #8790823

The male made one appearance today...think he's close to leaving.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 2, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8790871

Excellent shots Burd! Love those open beaks!
gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2011
3:17 AM

Post #8798691

A question to all fall hummer watchers. My fall hummers seem to only feed from the feeder, and ignore the delectable plants that I have positioned below. Is that your exprience also?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
5:05 AM

Post #8798754

GG, not at all. Mine seem to distribute their time equally around the garden. Although, they do seem to enjoy the feeders when available.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2011
5:10 PM

Post #8799693

Wow, I hadn't checked this thread since I got back from vacation. What great photos everyone!
Burd, I like your shots with the bill open too.
Burn, what beautiful shots with that gorgeous flower.
Dave, those flight shots are amazing.

This is by no means a silver lining, but the smoke from the fires in Grimes and Waller counties made for some interesting/scary golden light this evening.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8799695

Preening.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8799701

Gazergirl, my experience is that the hummers do prefer the feeders but when they fight or when there are tons of bees, they go to the plants.

Looking at me through the smoke light.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8799716

When I got back from SD, the drought and extreme heat had killed most of my flowering plants. This swallowtail was taking turns at the hummer feeder.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2011
5:22 PM

Post #8799719

I don't know what this Red-eyed Vireo was doing but he kept stretching toward the feeder. I thought maybe ants, but I don't see any in the photo. It's amazing what hummer feeders attract.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
6:04 PM

Post #8799811

Beautiful shots of the hummingbirds, Elphy. Prayers go out for those folks in the path of the fires. Love the swallotail on the hummer feeder. Such rare happening! How neat is that even the Red-eyed Vireo seems to want a piece of the nectar. lol
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

September 10, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8802061

I still have several males that visit every few minutes. I doubt they will be here much longer.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

September 10, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8802076

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

September 10, 2011
7:58 AM

Post #8802082

...

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

September 10, 2011
8:05 AM

Post #8802097

one more

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 10, 2011
4:05 PM

Post #8802650

This one came by as I just happen to be right next to the feeder in the backyard...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 10, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8802653

then off she went!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 10, 2011
8:19 PM

Post #8802994

2dCousinDave wrote:I still have several males that visit every few minutes. I doubt they will be here much longer.


Geez what big, long tonue he has! Great pics. Cousin Dave.

ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 11, 2011
7:44 AM

Post #8803357

Beautiful photos everyone!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 11, 2011
8:02 AM

Post #8803384

Oooops, I meant to say "What big long tongue he has!" lol. Sorry folks on the typo. Friday, I had a swamp of hummingbirds here. Roughly a half dozen are seen at any given moment. Usually there were only 2 or 3 at a time. Like today.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2011
2:36 PM

Post #8805489

Beautiful photos everybody! Dave, love that ruby throat shot.

I appreciate all of you training these fellows before they fly down here. One kept flying up to me while I was sitting on the patio. Finally, I had my arm stetched across the top of the loveseat and he flew to my hand. Clearly someone was hand feeding him!

Took a bunch of photos of hummers in the shade today. This one was right outside my window. I had to lighten it up a ton though.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2011
2:37 PM

Post #8805493

Stretching.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8805494

Showing his colorful spots even in the shade.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 12, 2011
3:49 PM

Post #8805609


Wonderful photos, Dave. Love the fully extended tongue.

Nanny, how good that you had your camera with you when your little lady visited.

What an experience to have one fly to your hand, Elphaba. Great shots.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 13, 2011
9:12 AM

Post #8806679

Busy day here with them today. I saw 3 at one time. crazy. ha.

This was from a couple days ago.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 13, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8806721

Very cute Mrs Ed!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2011
12:13 PM

Post #8808262

Good one Mrs. Ed!

Finally, one let me take a pic in morning sun. Not exactly the right angle, but I still like it.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2011
1:21 PM

Post #8808331

As of yesterday all our resident adult males are gone and the females have taken over the feeders. This one is laying claim to the front porch feeders!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2011
1:22 PM

Post #8808332

Good pix Elphy! I like it too. Marna, I've seen Sulphurs flitting about my nectar feeder. Can't seem to catch a pix of them 'tho. Y'all. Last Friday must have been a migratory day. I saw many hummingbirds that day. Then no more recurrent swamping like such. I do have a couple chasing each other around the garden. But that's it.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2011
1:23 PM

Post #8808333

Nan, I'm trying to strain my eyes for the males, but I don't believe I've seen a-one today here.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8808716

It has been crazy here with the migration! Lots of chasing and all that.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 14, 2011
6:04 PM

Post #8808738

It's so nice to know they're so active. I hope they're well equipped for the journey. By the way, I have set out several more feeders just for this purpose.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 14, 2011
7:22 PM

Post #8808869

I put out feeders in 4 areas and there is a hummer staking out each one and lots of newcomers and fights going on. I've had mostly males so far. Even when I think it's a female, I end up seeing a spot on the throat.

I was taking a pic of one today (that I haven't downloaded yet) and while I was photographing him, another hummer chased a third hummer into the window I was photographing through. The one that I was photographing was as startled as I was. He didn't move. The other 2 flew off, so must have been OK.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8808870

This is the first time I've caught one in this position to see the buff color (female). At least that's what I've understood from Sibley's

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8808872

Another.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 15, 2011
4:21 AM

Post #8809136

Nice ones there Mrs. Ed. Elphy, can't wait to see yours.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 15, 2011
7:28 AM

Post #8809414

Nice color capturing Mrs. Ed. I had a very golden buffy one fly up a few minutes ago. It even looked like it had some gold on its back, but it was chased off.

This is one of the pics I was taking yesterday when a second hummer chased a third into the window I was photographing through.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 15, 2011
7:28 AM

Post #8809415

Another.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 15, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8809419

Almost got a 2-for. These two both perched on that trellis and didn't fight for a few seconds. By the time I was ready for the shot though one flew up and took off after the other.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 15, 2011
8:30 AM

Post #8809487

Great photos Nanny, Mrs Ed and Elphaba.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8809505

Nice that every one is seeing some now...especially Mrs. Ed! I know my males had nice potbellies when they left to get them off on their long journey!

They girls and juvies are keeping the feeders very busy here...and like Elphaba I have some that can share for a few seconds but I am not quick enough to get a photo! lol

She is watching another hummer that is flying in around the feeders...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2011
8:45 AM

Post #8809507

who you watching..

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 15, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8810090

Nice shots everyone, Glad you are all seeing hummers. It's end of the season for me, they all left, to visit with you all, for a while. Keep snapping!
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

September 15, 2011
10:56 PM

Post #8810501

Still have a couple females hanging around...seen 4 at Sheldon's Marsh on Thursday. Nice shots all!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
7:14 AM

Post #8810793

Ooooh I once again have another swamp of hummingbirds outdoor! Only I couldn't get a decent pix to share. But, it's a joy to see many of them at one time. Many for me is about half a dozen at a time. Gotta bring out more fresh nectar.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8810897

Had a male show up yesterday...Lady on the front porch is not happy!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
8:31 AM

Post #8810901

Yup, those 'ladies' are pretty agressive. Chased these handsome fellas all around. lol Sorry about the poor quality of the pix.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 16, 2011
2:01 PM

Post #8811216

Love the pretty throat on that one Lily.
Nice ones Nanny!

I just watched the coolest interaction. An anole staked out the hummer feeder. The hummer didn't like it one bit. It flew all around him and looked like it pecked at him, but he didn't leave. The hummer did this several times finally the lizard straightened out like they do when they are about to jump. He jumped on the feeder, nabbed a bee and jumped off. The hummer came after him again as he was leaving.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2011
3:04 PM

Post #8811363

Elphy, I think I may have a male staking out in the garden and not rushing off. I'm so glad he stays. For awhile anyway. What you've seen was priceless! At least now I know those anoles are harmless to the hummingbirds.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2011
6:21 PM

Post #8815565

Just so we can take note on these little jewels' behaviors. The swamp ceases promptly as day ends. Came the next morning, all my males were gone. The weekend onto this morning, I've only seen two or 3 females in the garden. So the migration is in earnest. I'll take note this year when the females will leave my area.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2011
7:06 PM

Post #8815627

Still some up here Kim. Juvies and females.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 20, 2011
8:06 AM

Post #8816101

Same here..our guest male seems to have moved on.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8816682

Don't they always look away at just the wrong moment! His back is pretty though.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8816690

This was a horrible, dark pic, but lightened up to be kind of fun. This hummer was so tiny.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 20, 2011
4:29 PM

Post #8816700

Love that pic. Elphy. Our temp. continues to drop. :((
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 20, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8816831

I have a few new one passing through. Juvie and 2 females. They've been here now, for 4 days. Hope they stay a little while longer.
MajiA
Kenner, LA

September 20, 2011
7:18 PM

Post #8817004

Three birds, one male and two females are duking it out in our backyard. Last night before the rains came pouring, they made a pact and shared the same feeder at the same time!!! It was a sight to behold.
MajiA
Kenner, LA

September 20, 2011
8:16 PM

Post #8817066

An immature male taken at a friend's backyard near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 21, 2011
2:05 AM

Post #8817303

Sweet pic MajiA! Welcome to the forum!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2011
8:18 AM

Post #8817604

Right now we have more Hummers than we've had all year. . .they're everywhere and...except for very rare occasions...they refuse to share! It's crazy to watch. They're zooming all over the yard chasing each other. Many are juvies.

I just added another feeder way in the back yard so the "Gatekeepers" wouldn't try to take over that one too. That'll solve the problem, right?. . .Wrong! Now we have one more gatekeeper that claimed that feeder.

We'll probably add one more feeder in another corner of the yard, but I don't have enough feeders or hooks to give everybody their own private feeder!

I don't have many flowers blooming right now that the hummers like, but they love, love, love my "Purple Pygmy Agastache" which will be happily blooming until frost. I may have to do some more planting for late Summer/early Autumn Hummers.

Anybody else having an unusually high number of Hummers for this time of year??
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 21, 2011
11:26 AM

Post #8817857

Not here. Just a few at a time now.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 21, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8817866

Not here either, just the usual female and perhaps her one baby. When I saw more than 3-4 at a time, that was when the "visitors" were present during their migration route, I think. Those males have came, and left on two occassions last two weekends as I've noticed.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2011
12:53 PM

Post #8817960

This isn't at all normal for me either. Generally by this time we have very few and they're completely gone by the first week in October. Of course, the weather hasn't been all that normal, either. It'll be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of weeks.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2011
1:51 PM

Post #8818072

I have more this migration than last year too. I have at least three every day, which is huge for me. Lots of zipping by too. oh, AND, the migration started earlier for me this year. SO I guess my plan of adding more flowers may be working.

Here was a brief share, through the kitchen window.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2011
1:52 PM

Post #8818074

And one guarding the back feeder and flowers there abouts…

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 21, 2011
2:54 PM

Post #8818181

So nice that your plan has paid off and the word may be getting out to stop at your house!

This is our guest male we had last week. Think the girls are glad he left!! lol

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 21, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8818369

All my male guests have left, and two females took resident here for the duration. :))

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2011
5:39 PM

Post #8818440

thanks Nanny. I am for sure a stop on the migration highway.

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2011
10:47 AM

Post #8824926

In case you don't know about it, there is a site where you can report your sitings of hummers going south. (Even though the site is called Journey North!) http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/Gallery.html You need to register to report. Just pick hummingbird from the drop down list. I found it looking for a map to see if Monarchs were in my area. I haven't seen any this year.

I have one female guard hummer today. Yesterday I had a male and a female. They are usually gone from here by 1st week in October.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 26, 2011
8:46 PM

Post #8825893

I'm so amazed when y'all get more than one bird at a feeder. Great captures!

Tons of hummers here. Went to Sheldon Lake today and there was one spot near the education building with lots of turks cap. There must have been a dozen hummers fighting over it. If it weren't for people putting out feeders and watering plants, I think many if not most of the hummers would die this year before making it south. The drought is so bad. There's just nothing out there for them.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 26, 2011
10:54 PM

Post #8826022


What a dreadful situation, Elphaba.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

September 27, 2011
8:48 PM

Post #8827355

Nice shots all! My last post in the thread for the year...last hummers I seen were on the 21st. However this past Sunday me and a few other birder's watched one flying around about 50 yards out on the lake...pretty sure it was catching gnats. See you on the thread in early May.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 28, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8828181

The girls are getting their little potbellies...so they won't be here much longer. :(

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 28, 2011
4:29 PM

Post #8828367

Glad you have some nanny.
I haven't had one here in two days now.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 28, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8828429

Oh Nan, that's such sweet pix of one. That's new to me. I didn't know they build up their reserve for the long journey. But, they do! I still have maybe two in the garden this morning.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 29, 2011
4:29 PM

Post #8829693

This one left 3 days ago. I think this one will be my last for the season too.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8829754

What a lovely picture burn. You don't often see them in fall color. I still have a couple flying around here. Won't be much longer though.
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

September 29, 2011
9:56 PM

Post #8830053

Made our weekly trip to Baltimore today. Was surprised to see several hummingbirds at my Mother in law's feeder. Passers through, no doubt. Of course I took my camera.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

September 29, 2011
9:58 PM

Post #8830059

One more-- same bird

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

September 29, 2011
10:00 PM

Post #8830065

Here is one taken among the leaves of the Japanese maple.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

September 29, 2011
10:02 PM

Post #8830069

Same bird, a little more color

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gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

September 30, 2011
1:48 AM

Post #8830128

Sigh. It seems that the vast majority of Hummers have now left as of Thursday. My male RTHB, who has stoutly defended his feeder by my patio, has left. The past several weeks have been wonderful, watching the little critters zip across the yard and chase each other at breakneck speeds. There were so many!! Soon they will all be gone. As with every year, my solice is that I will plan and implement a more abundant Hummingbird garden for next year. Bottlebrush is already planted, I'm thinking some more citrus for early spring blossoms, and I may overwinter a few plants in pots for early spring blooms. Does anyone else have garden plans?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 30, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8830166

Cousin Dave and Burn, those shots are lovely. Mine are still here. gazergirl, my garden planting has been a success this year. DH installed a fenced in area to our side yard, there along the fence, I'm planning to plant some groudnuts vines for their pea-like pinkish blossoms for the hummingbirds, and the edible nuts for me of course. Also some cypress vines for late season blooms. Those are blooming brilliantly in my neighbors' garden. I kept telling myself I needed to replant them but haven't done so in early spring.
MajiA
Kenner, LA

September 30, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8830706

Lovely images... love those little imps.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 30, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8830773

After 3 days of no sightings I just saw one out in the backyard. Earlier I had completely cleaned both my feeders and put fresh sugar water in one. I'll just have 1 feeder out from now on.

Great shots Dave and burn!
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 30, 2011
3:52 PM

Post #8830865

Great photos Nan, Burn and Dave. Sorry to hear some of you are losing your little friends.
maryellen16
Stanfield, NC

September 30, 2011
5:34 PM

Post #8830960

Just two tubby females hanging around. Best season ever for my hummers. I miss them already. It is turning cool tonight in Carolina so I know they will be heading out. It makes me sad to think that it might be the last time I see them for the year. Sorry no pics.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 30, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8830970

I share the same feeling with you MaryEllen, temp. is predicted to be in the 40'ish over the weekend during the night. I saw my two today, but may not be much longer... sniff sniff.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 30, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8830976

Thanks Marna, Kim.

Dave super shots!!!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 30, 2011
6:12 PM

Post #8831009

This one is so pudgy and cute. Strange maybe, but I do not hate seeing them leave like I used to at all. Nice to have a break I think from all the maintenance that the hummers and orioles take! Back to simple care of seed and suet for my friends.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2011
6:05 AM

Post #8831428

Wow, that IS a full belly. Still some action here. I'll try and unload the camera card today.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 1, 2011
6:07 AM

Post #8831430

She's just tooooo cute, Nan. Mrs. Ed. I haven't seen any of mine this morning. :((

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 1, 2011
2:34 PM

Post #8831926

I think a couple of ours may have left ...but still have a couple here. I was afraid that one just might pop yesterday! lol

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
5:14 PM

Post #8834852

LOL! Pop!

Well I finally unloaded a few weeks of images. No HBs today, so here are a few pictures taken previously.

9/27

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8834854

It was a bit chilly when I took that one!

Next day, 9/28. You can see these feather markings. Not sure what's going on there, but it made it easy to tell it was the same bird.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8834858

And lastly one from 9/30

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 3, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8834905

A distance pic. but I was so pleased that I have had two visitors today. I knew they're are not the usual 'residents' I've had for they didn't "buzz" me when I was out in the garden like the 'residents' used too. lol

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 5, 2011
9:02 AM

Post #8836969

My regulars seem to have all left but I had a visitor about 7pm last night and one very tiny hummer this morning!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

October 5, 2011
10:28 AM

Post #8837075

I had one here yesterday. It's warmer here the next few days so I'm sure we'll see some. They don't seem to be using the feeder at all just the Honeysuckle etc.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 5, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8837643

Nothing since 10/1. :(

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 6, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8838773

I still had one today around today.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 6, 2011
4:39 PM

Post #8838779

I've a visitor today, and it may decide to stay over for the night as I can still see the little darling out after sunset.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 6, 2011
4:42 PM

Post #8838781

Such sweet thing!

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MajiA
Kenner, LA

October 9, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8842658

The ladies are duking it out in our backyard.

Here is one after a drink from the Passion Flower in the background. I was not able to photograph her while she was drinking from the flower. However, just to see it was one of the most sublime experiences. It really makes one say WOW, what a scene!

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MajiA
Kenner, LA

October 9, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8842662

I did manage to photograph her drinking from her favorite flower, the purple Salvias.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

October 9, 2011
8:45 PM

Post #8842793

Nice shots MajiA and Lily!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 10, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8843684

Very nice!! None here yesterday or today that I have seen. But expect to see more travelers yet.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 10, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8843687

None, here since this morning. No traveler nor visitor. :((

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 15, 2011
6:04 AM

Post #8849582

Nice capture Lily.
Beautiful shots Maji.

As of yesterday, I still had one hummer around. I've been trying to get a shot of it drinking from the pomegranite tree flowers. Normally, that tree would be about to turn yellow and lose its leaves, but I went on vacation in the summer when temps were well over 100 degrees and the tree turned brown. Came back and watered it, and new leaves came out and now it's blooming like it's spring. Weird. Here's the best one so far.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 15, 2011
6:58 AM

Post #8849659

That's a great capture there Elphy. Promagranate is a great ornamental tree isn't? Just love 'em.
MajiA
Kenner, LA

October 18, 2011
3:18 PM

Post #8854408

Lovely capture Elphaba.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2011
3:49 PM

Post #8854462

Thank y'all. Haven't seen one now for a couple of days. That might be the last one.
gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 28, 2011
4:49 AM

Post #8866662

I sighted my last straggler on Monday, Oct. 24th. I first saw her at my back feeder, and later in the afternoon at the feeder outside my kitchen window. She was very perturbed by the green lizard hanging out on the glass bottle. A little humor to end the season.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 28, 2011
8:10 AM

Post #8866864

I had one yesterday morning before the cold front came through. I was cleaning the windows and turned around and there she was. Haven't seen her since though.
thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2012
8:13 PM

Post #9048047

Maybe it's time to start a new thread...because...
I had an adult male hummingbird come to my water fountain yesterday. I couldn't see the gorget, because of the lighting, so I'm not sure if it was a Ruby-throated or Black-chinned. So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This message was edited Mar 18, 2012 9:34 PM
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 19, 2012
6:01 AM

Post #9048323

Okay... Whoever has a current photo just start a 2012 Hummingbird thread.

Congrats Missy!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 27, 2012
7:47 PM

Post #9059836

Hi everyone, I've opened a new thread. Please post your finding and share the enjoyment of our R.T. hummingbirds with one and all. Will meet up with everyone here : http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1249254/

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