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gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

February 19, 2013
6:34 PM

Post #9424835

Hummingbird migration is upon us. For those of us on the gulf coast, our first hummers should arrive either at the end of February or early March. So dust off your feeders - I put my feeders up today. We have had such a mild winter that some perennials are still blooming. My blooming hummingbird inventory includes lantana, various citrus, bottlebrush and red salvia. Attached are two pictures from last fall - a juvie male with his gorget beginning to show and a funny shot of a hummer tongue.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 20, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9425511

Cute photos gazergirl. Sounds like you have a great variety of plants to attract the hummers.
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 13, 2013
3:06 PM

Post #9448276

A pair of Rufous Hummers showed up here a week ago. First pics I've got.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 19, 2013
2:58 PM

Post #9455074

There are 3 hummers here at this time. This one is the Boss.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 20, 2013
7:13 PM

Post #9456450

A 4th hummer showed up today. An adult male Rufous.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 20, 2013
8:08 PM

Post #9456503

Great pics. Adel.
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 22, 2013
3:48 PM

Post #9458391

This adult male Rufous has taken over as boss bird...he runs off all the other hummers except this one (must be his significent other) I put up a second feeder, so he has to work twice as hard now.

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thebestmissy
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2013
7:14 PM

Post #9459592

I was at Garner State Park and Guadalupe River State Park in south Texas this past week and I saw many Black-chinned Hummers. When I got home to Fort Worth, TX, today, I also saw a male hummer, but I coudn't tell if it was a Black-chinned or a Ruby-throated Hummer.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 23, 2013
8:07 PM

Post #9459644

Another adult male Rufous showed up, but the boss bird keeps running him off before I can get his pic.
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 25, 2013
1:08 PM

Post #9461551

The hummers are really active today.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 27, 2013
7:19 PM

Post #9464465

This is a first...3 hummers drinking together and Boss bird didn't run them off.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 28, 2013
3:02 AM

Post #9464644

Adel, those little jewels are adorable. I'd like to be where you are. No hummer here yet for us. Bit chilly still.
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 28, 2013
4:28 PM

Post #9465274

Boss bird being the boss.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 29, 2013
2:43 PM

Post #9466114

Looking for trouble...and here it is...the VICTOR returns.

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BajaBlue
Rancho Santa Rita, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9466127

How do you get these marvelous shots ??

A really great zoome or were you extremely close ? ?
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

March 29, 2013
11:02 PM

Post #9466442

Combination of both...I sit on the porch about six feet from the feeder and shoot with a fairly wide lens and then crop.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 2, 2013
6:12 PM

Post #9470168

Just so those in our region can celebrate with me. I saw my very first Ruby-throat hummingbird today. A male, he was dodging a bee to get to the nectar. I was glad that I anticipated their arrival, thus have put out the nectar. Good thing I did because my honeysuckle are forming flowers, but they're not fully open for the birds yet. I'll find time to report this occurrence on Journey South. But my buddies here in DG are the first to know. :))

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2013
6:49 PM

Post #9470214

Yippee!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

April 3, 2013
5:46 PM

Post #9471143

Nice photos gazergirl


Enjoyed the photos adelbertcat and congrats on getting them in!

Lily_love, Congrtas on the new arrival!! ~ All thats blooming here is my evergreen climatis ( Tons of blooms though!) Phlox and Iris, do have my feeders out, Sure Hope to see one soon! Had them in on April 4th last year.

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 7, 2013
8:36 AM

Post #9474582

1st male rubythroat showed up at the kitchen feeder today. About a week later that last year. He won't be staying, just passing through. I don't get the ones who nest here until late June, early July.
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

April 9, 2013
7:34 AM

Post #9477281

beclu727, Congrats!

Got my first hummer yesterday ...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 9, 2013
8:59 AM

Post #9477427

Here they come! Congrats to everyone. My second sighting was over the weekend. Another male. I guess the males ventured out first, then the females will follow suit.

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gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 9, 2013
9:10 AM

Post #9477450

I am embarrassed that I started this thread, and haven't returned to comment. Adelbertcat, that is a gorgeous Rufous. I have personally only seen Ruby Throats. My first Hummer arrived on 3/26, fully a month after the first was reported on the gulf coast, on the hummingbird.net website. I was very impatient and it was a long month. But I now have several residents, one very fat female hogging the front feeder, a male claiming the bottlebrush in the back, and various others who are trying to get lucky. I have to say that the fat female, who I thought might be pregnant, is not around today. Perhaps she is incubating :-).
gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 9, 2013
9:12 AM

Post #9477453

Congratulations Lily!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 9, 2013
11:28 AM

Post #9477633

Oh mine, Ruby Throat hummingbird's incubating? Congratulations go to you gazergirl. Welcome back to the thread. A male RBT hummer just buzzed me a little bit ago in the garden. Hope he will become "resident" for other blooming flowers are strutting their stuffs. Oh bottlebrush in the back? I just planted a few young bottlebrush plants, it will be a while before they will bloom. gazergirl, how big should the plant gets before it starts to flower please.
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2013
4:27 PM

Post #9487779

Just got a couple photos of a hummingbird in the rain, Not the greatest pictures as it was getting dark ( Taken after 7pm) and it was raining out, But, I was able to get them ..

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 18, 2013
3:50 AM

Post #9488157

Love those pics. hummingbird in the rain and the new leaves unfurling. Spring is finally here folks.
adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

April 21, 2013
12:51 PM

Post #9492014

An adult male Rufous showing his tail feathers.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 22, 2013
12:51 PM

Post #9493314

Adel, your Rufous is such a beauty!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2013
7:29 PM

Post #9493869

adelbertcat, I enjoyed the photo, I don't get the rofus here so it's always nice to see the posted photos of them.

Couple from from this evening ( I now have 2-3 hummers around and they are allready fighting over the feeders) ~

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Joeyk210
HAINESPORT, NJ

June 12, 2013
3:59 PM

Post #9556690

Some very amazing photos. What a wonderful thread.
pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 13, 2013
1:41 PM

Post #9557868

Posted in the other hummer thread, but it looks like this is the more active thread. Here are some of mine from a couple of days ago

Praveen.

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pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 13, 2013
1:42 PM

Post #9557871

Here are a couple more.

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pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 13, 2013
1:47 PM

Post #9557875

Just a few more

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2013
2:00 PM

Post #9557888

Great pics. pmutalik2000!
pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 16, 2013
2:30 PM

Post #9561224

A few from today.

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rampbrat
Abilene, TX
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2013
2:49 PM

Post #9590460

I recently visited the Hummer House in Christoval TX (south of San Angelo). This was my third visit, but the first time to be there when they were banding hummers. The area is a natural oasis on the Concho River and has a huge variety of birds including painted buntings and summer tanagers, but they have the states largest breeding population of black chinned hummingbirds. It was a great experience getting to see the birds up close.

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