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I'm a little north of Wilmington here and I have HBs visiting my yard everyday. Salvia, fushia, gladiolus and the feeders... not sure why they wouldn't have hit you up already down south but I wanted to let you know that they are up this far.
I have seen none either, up here in the Midlands Saluda county. This is my 2nd year for HB feeders, and am looking forward to them. I did have a peacock show up last week. He stuck around for 2 days, but no way do we have enough to feed him on 1 acre. He moved next door. They have lots of yard birds, goats etc.
I am in Pinehurst and have hummingbirds at the feeder constantly.. the migrants showed up around the end of March - beginning of April and right now it appears that the ones frequenting the feeder and plants are going to stay around. I usually have at least one nest a year.
Saw a hummer today perched on the tip of a cassia limb, then working over the red canna lilies. Keep looking, Xeramtheum. By the way, my little hobby nursery has gotten inexplicably big! Still concentrating on propagating natives--realizing that the "learning curve" is infinite! Take care, Jane
Haven't seen one hummer yet this year! But it's still early. We usually get a flood of them in late summer/early fall, but usually have the occassional visitor by now. We haven't seen any yet. Buntings galore, however! They banded 25 of those pretty birds last week, and coming back for more banding next week... Fun to watch those kids (to me) from UNCW handle those little birds...they're really good, and a fountain of knowledge!
We heard a program on the painted bunting banding, it is interesting. We have a mess of them down here and we also have many, many hummers. I do not use feeders for the hummers but just plant lots of bright flowers. Right now they are loving some bright orange nasturtiums which will be gone soon but other flowers will come along.
I have only seen one or two. They have visited my crocosmia ( Luccifer), red pentas, and the Harlequinn honeysuckle. I am like ardesia, they seem to go to the flowers and seldom visit the feeders. Usually, it is July/August before we see many.
Let us know what flowers you have that the hummers visit.
Harlequinn honeysuckle is a magnet for hummers.
No, they were just hanging out at my house. :-)))))))
My son and his family were visiting and he could not get over how many we had, he must have mentioned it a dozen times.
I think you are on to something Lavinia, unlike most other areas this year, we have been in a drought, perhaps they prefer the drier spots. We'll see what happens after Debby goes by, it is already raining a little bit here.
Got lucky and had a pop up thunderstorm dump a quick 1.55" yesterday afternoon, and haven't seen any hummingbirds since. The rain certainly hasn't deterred the zillion japanese beetles from munching on their preferred menu of cannas, crepe myrtles, roses, hibiscus, etc.
Sorry, hummers, but hoping for another pop up storm today before the 95+ degree weather arrives later this week.
Here on the East Coast we are supposed to have them year round but they stopped comming to my house After Irene passed thru. So I hope they are here to stay.
PS I had to refill my feeded last night
I'm seeing hummingbirds almost daily here in my yard in Morehead City--mostly females, occasionally a male. I know that they are around here year round, although I don't see too many in the late fall, winter or very early spring. They are a delight to see and hear! We have also had many more birds of various species in the yard so far this summer than last summer.
Put out 3 H'bird feeders today. The interesting thing to me was they "KNEW" where their feeders were supposed to be (where they were in years past), and expectantly buzzed around the area looking for their food! How dey "Know" dat? So much for "birdbrains"...
The Hummers are back now in their usual numbers here. Don't know why they were so late this year. I plant a lot of stuff for them to feed on (they definately seem to prefer Honeysuckle!), but they also hit a bunch of others (Salvia, Iochroma, Araugia Sericofera, etc,) but during the recent heavy rain we had here, they LANDED on the feeders during the rain instead of just staying in the air and feeding, which they usually do, and I didn't see any around the flowers. The feeders have a perch for them to light on which they usually don't use during normal weather, but they sure do during a nasty storm!
I had a scare this spring when our first visiting hummer was almost swallowed by our cat, Domino. I heard Domino making a strange noise--a kind of throaty meow--and approached her to see what her problem might be. She had something like a stick protruding from her mouth and when I asked her what was wrong she opened her mouth to speak a real "Meow" and out flew our hummingbird! He flew straight up to the roof of our house and disappeared for several days. In spite of his trauma and near escape of death he came back and seems content spending the summer at our place.
Ardesia---go to Painted Buntings. org---neat program. Use UNCW kids as their data collectors (low budget program). They're building an amazing database on this species, and it's kind of fun following these little charmers from year to year on this property (a lot of the same birds show up year after year!). I was gob-smacked this year when a hetero-sexual couple showed up to band. We'd always offer them a guest bedroom to stay in while they were here, but what to do now? Fortunately, we have more than one spare bedroom so the situation resolved itself;they actually slept in different bedrooms! Perhaps ALL is not lost with this younger generation...
LOL, I have been to that site and find (or found in the past) it was too unwieldy to input all the info they wanted. We heard the director of that program speak at Hunting Island a few years ago and you are correct, it is a neat program. I'll check the site again and see if they have improved it. It was like reinventing the wheel in the past, I just gave up. We usually have a number of couples along with plenty of green birds. I think we keep the West Ashley Wild Birds Unlimited in business with all the millet we buy this time of year.
Had a funny thing happen the other day. We have an indoor plant, a McColley's Finale Philodendron, and the new leaves are bright red. It was in a window and a hummer kept banging against the glass trying to get to those red leaves. I finally gave up and put the plant out on the deck so the poor bird could see it didn't have any nectar.
I had a solid green Hummer light on my hand Saturday. Never had this happen before. I was hanging up new food and he musta been in a hurry. I went in n got the camera n my battery is dead. Can't find the charger but have not seen the little one again all week end. Its as bad as the brown one that flew into my hair last year as I went down the steps . Now I know to check the feeded more often n not let it empty all the way.
Wow .. a few years ago I had a "special" hummingbird that would follow me around the back yard and try to stick his beak in my ear .. he finally succeeded - it was awful. I have to wonder if he lived long enough to add his "special" genes to the gene pool.