I saw a Hummer come by 4 days ago, looking for his feeder….Needless to say I very quickly got some nectar into it and hung it right back out. The next evening, about the same time, there he was! Each and every evening like clock work! Love them!
I put a feeder out in front of my sink window a couple of days ago. Haven't seen any yet. N o real flowers in that nice red color yet. We have had one day when temp. reached 60 degrees. Today, now at almost noon the temp is 60 degrees. But it is cloudy, so I don't think the temp. will as predicted reach 70 degrees. I still have several kinds of seeds to get planted in the greenhouse and out in the garden area and in the 2 appple bin raised box beds. Finally the hoses are connected and no obvious serious hose leaks. Good SPRING to every one.
How do they remember exactly where to go every year? One buzzed by my head this evening when I was on the back porch. I came in and got the feeder ready. They come back to the exact spot I always put the feeders, it amazing.
Hummers here year round. The love the sages, honeysuckles, and trumpet vines. When the pickin's are slim, there are a lot of territorial squabbles. When a hummingbird is feeding, they are quick to chase away any intruders.
We've had two nests under the eves of our house. Fascinating experience except for one thing...they sling their poop all over the place. Probably a strategy to keep the nest clean, but there are hundereds of tiny black dots all over the walls, floor, windows, etc..
We have a few that stayed over the mild winter and now there are more moving in and building nests. I got buzzed in the court yard this morning. That means there is a nest being built. I usually have at least 4 nests in the courtyard. They build them in the climbing fig vine.
Hummers arrived last week - first one zipping by the window looking for feeder. While waiting for water to boil, feeder was sitting on the counter in front of the window. Next pass got me a look like "doesn't do me much good in there!". While some people at sea level say they have them all year, we're at 1150' so perhaps that's where ours go. But nice to have them back. Also, a few swallows scouting out the barn.
Saw our first hummingbird this morning. Unfortunately, it did not go to our hummingbird feeder nor to any of the blooming plants that it should like but instead went by a dying holly and my window in the den. Hopefully they will figure out this soon. We planted some plants the hummingbirds should like very close to our hummingbird feeder (red nicotania, purple torenia, bleeding heart) and there are also other flowers there which I am not sure if they like or not- begonias and later on, sedum.
I have hummingbirds all over the area. Last Saturday two got in the house. We have a two story home with a wide open area that is very high.
Of course that is where they decided to stay except when they stopped on a high up window sill. I leave the front door open in the spring for fresh air. Had the same problem last year.
They eventually wear themselves out and and slowly float downward. My husband was there to catch them with a sugar mixture which each one started eating and he placed them back in the courtyard. One had a mother waiting for it.
Anyone have a better idea on how to get them to come down. One friend said to bring in the hummingbird feeder.
The Ruby throats have begun "staying at home" over the winters and we get Rufous and Calliope species that migrate down here from out west. We see a couple or so almost daily in the winter and then starting in February we seem to be in the flight path of a number of migratory HB's. We started leaving the feeders out a few winters ago and I think that accounts for the numbers we see in winter. They are feisty territorial little beggars...grin
I saw my first one in February last year,real early ,I would imagine it been living in a garage or rooftop apartment,, I see a few during the warm months,
Contrary to lore and the internet we do have three or four species around here every few years. Ruby, Rufous, Bee-Tailed and another I would not even care to guess at,
It is like that already with with the Bee Tailed I get told I am seeing things...lol
Look for bee-tailed hummingbird or Spotted Dove hawk , the hawk is completely white with black circular leopard type spotting, you will not find either using Google or anywhere lately, they were here on the net a few years ago though, so I am sure they are still someplace, I hate it when I lose information, had that on disc on my other computer that this one will not accept Arrgh!!
They are not there now , although they were 3 years ago... The Fletchers Dove Hawk I first saw a taxidermed in a library in 1970 that said extinct , Since then those have made a comeback but not a huge one, I saw one three years sgo looked it up on the web ,it was there , not now though,
It might be because they have have black ivory talons that are worth a lot of money, not posting them protects them further, maybe that is why?
I'm getting my feeder prepared to hang out tomorrow. I'd always heard that they didn't start returning until April/May, but with the strange weather we're having, and after reading Moon's post….I'm getting my lazy azz in gear, and getting the food ready!
They are certain to be here when the trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) blooms.some years, if I have nectar-bearing flowers out early, I may see hummers out as early as February. Usually they are females, some rubythroats and some woodstars.
I have a Sparrow Hawk that lives in a neighbors tree, have Perregrine Falcons also . Thanks for helping look ,the info will be back one of these days.
Well ,howl it seems like searching and getting exact info has been more difficult lately Guess it is getting as odd as the weather
Most beautiful of birds always seem to be rare or extinct , it is a shame.
BEAUTY in the pic!!!!
I was walking the dogs in the greenbelt yesterday and saw a hummingbird. I could not believe it. We are in a freeze warning and it is very cold. I put out a feeder this morning. Suppose to get down to mid 20s tonight. Not normal Las Vegas weather..
LA and surrounding areas have had some really cold weather. Frost was forcast on the beaches of SD. There is a lot of produce grown in that area. I'm sure the citrus and avocado growers are in a panic.
I toured my total landscape today. When I got up at 6am the temperature outside was 25. My landscape looks like a torch hit it. My citrus look wounded but OK. They are partially protected. I am just worried where the hummers are hunkered down for protection.
I have some friends in San Diego and their plumeria are getting hit. This freeze is suppose to be leaving by tomorrow afternoon and by Saturday we will be in the mid 60s.
Ready for my little beauties to come back. I haven't seen them yet, but I put out their feeders. I am awaiting their return. I am not sure when they usually show back up. This is only my second year here so not sure when they came back last year either.
My have been here several weeks. Just a few. I have put out the nest building material and have not wiped down any spider webs. All should be ready for them to start building their nests. I see them mostly in the morning, in the sun, by the water fall of the KOI pond.
How sweet. My dad had a large feeder that hung in a Catalpa tree. The hummers would buzz and tap the window when the feeder was empty...and when he went out to fill it, they would land on his cap bill and glasses...scared me when they came swarming at me while trying to fill the feeder...long tongues darting in and out...thank goodness they are small...could you imagine one the size of a bluejay??? Grin
The moonhowl: in fact, a blue jay hovered, hummingbird fashion,in front of me as it tried to decide if my strawish - looking pixie cut was nesting material. They're not supposed to be able to do tthat.