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(Zone 7a)


April 9, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9075532

There are a total of 114 votes:


Yes, they're here!
(29 votes, 25%)
Red dot


Not yet, but they should be here soon.
(44 votes, 38%)
Red dot


Hummingbirds stay at my house year-round.
(18 votes, 15%)
Red dot


I'll have to wait awhile.
(16 votes, 14%)
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We do not have hummingbirds where I live.
(7 votes, 6%)
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Previous Polls

poisondartfrog

poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

April 9, 2012
9:55 AM

Post #9075543

The first hummingbirds arrived last week.
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 9, 2012
10:19 AM

Post #9075579

I see my first hummers about the 15th of March each yr

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 9, 2012
11:39 AM

Post #9075699

The hummingbirds should be arriving here any day now.

Hmmm... maybe I should get the feeder ready and set it out - thanks for the reminder.
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 9, 2012
12:00 PM

Post #9075730

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!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 9, 2012
1:16 PM

Post #9075851

As soon as I put out the feeder, one showed up. No heavy traffic yet, but I expect it shortly.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 9, 2012
1:57 PM

Post #9075899

I may have seen one zip by but don't think so ... they usually come to my window and let me know they are here. I'm getting soooo impatient to see them! ♥

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 9, 2012
4:30 PM

Post #9076104

Probably by the end of the month.

poisondartfrog

poisondartfrog
Barbourville, KY
(Zone 7a)

April 10, 2012
3:55 AM

Post #9076607

I always go here, http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html, to help me decide when to put feeders out.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 10, 2012
11:22 AM

Post #9077146

I don't usually see them till the middle of summer
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2012
11:48 AM

Post #9077175

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.

Donna

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2012
9:05 AM

Post #9078378

We are fortunate to have 12 species here

http://www.avianweb.com/hummingbirdslouisiana.html
McCool
Millbury, MA
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2012
11:10 AM

Post #9078578

The only time we tried putting up a hummingbird feeder, we just fed a lot of ants! The hummers may well be out in the woods, but we probably won't see any until the weigela blooms.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2012
11:58 AM

Post #9078613

Our hummers came back on 5 March. We have blackchinned hummers, as well as ruby throat.


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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #9078902

We have hummingbirds most of the year and lots are here now. Some types go farther south in the winter but some stay all year.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2012
7:09 PM

Post #9079072

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.

zone10

zone10
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 12, 2012
10:45 AM

Post #9079747

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.
daves_not_here
Las Vegas, NV
(Zone 9b)

April 12, 2012
11:11 AM

Post #9079778

I've got them here year around. And I think some are nesting in my lemon tree. Every time I walk over to that part of the yard, one appears in the tree:)

zone10

zone10
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 12, 2012
1:00 PM

Post #9079871

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..

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

April 12, 2012
6:47 PM

Post #9080264

I voted, not yet. Honestly, I don't know. I haven't been watching for them. We do have robins galore.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2012
12:18 PM

Post #9082292

They are here. Not enough to be fighting but they have arrived. Its so windy they could be in Dallas by now tho..
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

April 14, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9082916

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.
WildcatThicket
Trenton(close to), TX
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9083384

I noticed the first one on Apr 4 feeding on salvia.
This is the earliest I have ever noticed them in 20 years I have lived here.
I noticed them Apr 16 last year.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #9083634

Still waiting ... tap ... tap ... tap ... tap ...

tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2012
8:21 AM

Post #9084571

I noticed that there are 7 votes for we don't have hummingbirds where I live…Where do you live?
WaterDragon7
Port Angeles, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2012
8:48 AM

Post #9084618

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.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9086375

Our neighbor said she saw a hummer this morning, so I immediately put up a feeder. Haven't seen one yet, but now the feeder is up - they will come!
ChrisBelgium
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 1, 2012
10:19 AM

Post #9105633

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.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 1, 2012
12:54 PM

Post #9105880

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.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2013
6:03 PM

Post #9378626

Not even February, Not even half way through January , and I am impatiently awaiting their return!!!!!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2013
8:48 AM

Post #9379039

Our little year round HB's are still here, keeping the feeder busy. I think about mid February we will start to see the "scouts" starting to move back before their trek up North again.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2013
3:05 PM

Post #9379369

Jean, we only get a nesting couple each year and then a few when they migrate. It would be nice to have them year round.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2013
4:58 PM

Post #9379507

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

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2013
5:44 PM

Post #9379544

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!!

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2013
8:22 AM

Post #9379974

Never heard of bee tailed hummer or a spotted dove hawk. I know the bee hummingbird. Do you have pictures?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
9:01 AM

Post #9380003

There is a Bumble Bee HB and a Broad-tailed HB...this link is neat as it lists all species of HB found in each state.

http://www.rubythroat.org/checklistsusstatesmain.html

This link names Hawk and kite species in Indiana

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Indiana

Juhur is possibly referring to the Northern Goshawk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Goshawk

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2013
9:23 AM

Post #9380028

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?
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
9:26 AM

Post #9380032

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!
Reynardine
Lake Helen, FL

January 9, 2013
10:14 AM

Post #9380087

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.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
10:39 AM

Post #9380119

Sorry to say not even Cornell University has info on Fletcher's dove hawk. The closest thing I could find was the American Kestrel (sparrow hawk)

Tim, this little guy was resting in the abelia, guarding the feeder, a couple days ago...we have 4 feeders out and every single HB has claimed it as their own...we have regular "feeder wars" grin

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2013
12:42 PM

Post #9380217

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!!!!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
2:54 PM

Post #9380339

Not much as odd as the weather for sure. grin

Thanks, it is a feisty little fellow.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2013
10:09 PM

Post #9380667

We usually don't get any of the little lovelies until May. I put it out the first week but may not see them until the third or fourth week.
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2013
5:17 AM

Post #9380756

That little guy is a beauty, Moon. My feeder is going out this morning. Hope to be seeing some little ones soon!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2013
7:31 AM

Post #9380869

Thanks Tim...surprised it was viewable...taken from inside through window, storm window and screen...a lucky shot. grin
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 13, 2013
9:45 PM

Post #9384152

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..

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 14, 2013
2:44 AM

Post #9384204

If I heard correctly Los Angeles was under a frost/freeze warning?? Curiouser and curiouser...
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2013
2:06 PM

Post #9384922

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.

No hummers here yet.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 14, 2013
8:21 PM

Post #9385402

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.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2013
6:19 AM

Post #9385652

Mother Nature has been a bit schizophrenic this year...

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2013
8:32 AM

Post #9385810

Even though the temp was at 39 and it has rained for days and days, my little guest has hung around

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

January 15, 2013
1:20 PM

Post #9386178

You find a good spot, you stick with it! He's adorable.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 15, 2013
7:44 PM

Post #9386644

I heard mine talking today but could not see it. It is warming up and heading back to normal. By Saturday we will be in the 60s. Great photo.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2013
6:47 AM

Post #9386924

Thanks,best two of about 50...LOL This is a Rufous HB. We call him Rufus the Brave...

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2013
9:26 AM

Post #9387140

Rufus conquestious Heartious cuteous Yesii

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2013
10:02 AM

Post #9387170

LOL...the art of making Latin work in today's world...my husband calls him Stubbornii Lil Poopii...grin
Reynardine
Lake Helen, FL

January 16, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9387420

No hummingbirds yet, but the table is set:

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destinip
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2013
12:08 AM

Post #9445415

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.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

March 11, 2013
6:10 AM

Post #9445541

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.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2013
6:16 AM

Post #9445547

I can't wait for mine. We have a nesting pair and one of their babies that come back every year. Hopefully, we'll have another baby this year. Usually, we see them around the second week of May.

This is baby Cara.

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 11, 2013
6:25 AM

Post #9445557

Cool pic Kwanjin.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2013
6:30 AM

Post #9445559

Thanks, Jean. She's my little buddy. She will allow me to get quite close and will come to check out what I'm doing.

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 11, 2013
7:01 AM

Post #9445598

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

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2013
7:11 AM

Post #9445612

Eek! LOL
Reynardine
Lake Helen, FL

March 11, 2013
8:57 PM

Post #9446497

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.

This message was edited Mar 12, 2013 12:00 AM
Reynardine
Lake Helen, FL

March 11, 2013
9:01 PM

Post #9446501

The moonhowl: in fact, a blue jay hovered, humming 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 that.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

March 12, 2013
7:06 AM

Post #9446768

How neat...bet you were surprised.
Reynardine
Lake Helen, FL

March 12, 2013
7:16 PM

Post #9447512

That I was, especially that it could hover like that

I notice I wound up with a double post somehow.

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