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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2013
9:27 AM

Post #9554914

Hi Everybody and Welcome to the 2013 Ruby-throated Hummingbird season!!

I know it may seem a little late, but the best Hummer days still await most of us...sooo, we came from here:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1248076/

This thread belongs to ALL Lovers of Hummingbirds so please join us in sharing pics, stories, fun facts and anything else RT Hummer related. And don't forget to go back to last year's thread now and then. It was packed full of great pics and conversation!

I don't have many pics yet from this year so I'll start out with a few I may have posted last year...hopefully you guys have short memories.

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 11, 2013
10:20 AM

Post #9554988

Thanks for the new thread nature! Never too late in the year for bird photos, (I usually get my best shots in July/ August) Great opening photos above! Especially like that first one, It's looks so fat on that feeder lol!! Too cute!!
Got a few to add from some quick shots the other day ...

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pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 11, 2013
11:30 AM

Post #9555079

Thanks for starting this thread. Here are a couple of mine from today.

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 11, 2013
11:41 AM

Post #9555099

pmutalik2000, Very Nice! Tell me, Are you taking these photos in the early morning/evening hours? What type of camera are you using?
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2013
12:27 PM

Post #9555149

You're Very Welcome, IRIS & pmutalik2000! I'm sure everyone was thinking about starting the thread, but so many of us had late Hummers this year we just never got around to it.

IRIS ~ Love those pics, especially the Monarda shots...so tiny next to those big blooms!!
My Monarda probably won't be blooming for two or three weeks. My 'Jacob Cline' died (drowned, actually, when too much rain flooded their flower bed), but I still have a small variety that's thriving.

pmutalik2000 ~ Fabulous shots!! The middle one looks like he's aiming at a "Bulls-eye".

pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 11, 2013
12:32 PM

Post #9555153

Hi Iris,
I try to take the pictures in the mornings and evenings. The camera I am using is a Nikon D2x with a SB-800 strobe set at 1/32 power. I am also using a 200mm telephoto lens. The shutter speed is typically 1/200 or 1/250's and I under expose the shots since the strobe makes up for the under exposure. This allows me to freeze the wings. At first I thought the birds would mind the strobe but thankfully they don't seem to be the least bit concerned with it. Even after the strobe they spend several seconds blissfully drinking the sugar water. I limit myself to one shot per visit so as not to freak them out and let them drink as much as they want. My monarda is still not showing any signs of blooming, infact only the clematis and a couple of roses are blooming in the garden right now. Hopefully will get more "natural" pictures when they bloom. Hope this helps.

Praveen.


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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 11, 2013
1:55 PM

Post #9555240

nutsaboutnature, Thanks! And sorry to hear your 'Jacob Cline' drowned, Seems a lot of places had a lot more rain this year then expected ( I know we sure did!), A lot of my clematis vines ( and some others)are showing signs of too much water. The Monarda ( I call it Bee-Balm) is doing great though and the hummers really love it ( And the Red, And Black and Blue Salvia too) You'll be having a flood of oppertunitys when yours blooms in a few weeks!! I wish I had the time to just take one day to devote to photos, I think I could get some pretty good shots , Especially now while the bee-balms blooming, Love the Bee-Balm ( Though it's a MAJOR spreader here) But, to me, It doesn't seem to flower long enough , Won't be long and all the blooms will be gone :( .. But, for now, the Hummers are really enjoying it! ~ The Salvia lasts for a long time and they love that too, I got some good sized patches for them. Look forward to more posts when you get some more photos !

pmutalik2000, Thankyou for all the information! I thought you were taking them about those times ( Best time to take them actually) I really look forward to when your Monarda blooms, You too will have a great oppertunity to get some fantastic photos when they are at the blooms!! It's hard to resist taking a lot of photos of those Flying Jewels!!
pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 11, 2013
2:23 PM

Post #9555267

I could not resist posting these pictures. As I was waiting for the hummingbird to come to the feeder a bumble bee flew in towards the port on the feeder. Within seconds the Male was there to do battle, he was successful in driving away the bee. Here are the two shots of that battle at the feeder.

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 11, 2013
2:31 PM

Post #9555275

Great captures! Usually the Bumblers don't feed at the feeders, But, the hornets and ants sure do!
pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 11, 2013
4:29 PM

Post #9555377

Forgot to post these earlier.

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 11, 2013
4:34 PM

Post #9555382

Very Nice!
emptyeyes
Lakeview, OH

June 16, 2013
6:46 PM

Post #9561512

here is one I took tonight, I even managed to freeze his little wings, which is not easy to do especially when it starts getting darker. I am glad we have a special page for our little 'flying jewels" as everyone calls them, they ARE so precious.

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pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 16, 2013
7:16 PM

Post #9561538

nice photo Emptyeyes.
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2013
8:42 AM

Post #9562158

emptyeyes, Love that shot! Definately a challenge at times to freeze the wings, Especially getting a shot when it's getting dark! ~ I don't know about the others here, But, I only use manual for all my photos and have to manually get the HB's in focas when trying to get a photo, ( Can't use auto focas with the lens I use) ~Very challenging! Heres a few from today ..

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 17, 2013
8:44 AM

Post #9562165

few more ..

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2013
8:51 AM

Post #9562178

Great shots, pmutalik2000!

Adorable catch, emptyeyes!

IRIS ~ Cute little female X 8!

emptyeyes
Lakeview, OH

June 17, 2013
10:24 AM

Post #9562282

Iris, the only way I can do it is to focus the feeder and when the hummer comes in for a drink, snap the picture real quick, the ones that were real close I was sitting in a chair and you would not believe how long I have to sit sometimes before I hear that hum that they can only make. Sometimes I snap too late and get just the feeder but most times I get either the female or the male, today I had a red hat on and they were both flying around me. Everytime I hear that hum I just freeze and see if I can spot them.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2013
5:34 PM

Post #9564228

Our Hummingbirds are next to non-existent this year. Our family may catch one or two a week, rather than the daily visits and battles of last year. We've not been putting out as much nectar now that the columbine is blooming and they are going to that. I planted a dozen or more of those things. We also have some Cardinal flowers that came back from last year.

As far as I know, the couple of neighbours we have, they are not feeding hummingbirds, so not sure what happened. Maybe the drought??

Very nice photos, you all. That was a fun challenge last year, trying to get photos of the wings. This was probably the best we got and this was using the 8 shots per second setting.

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 19, 2013
11:50 AM

Post #9565106

emptyeyes, I do the same, I wait untill I see them at the feeder/flowers and just try to focas the best I can and snap off a shot, doesn't come out too bad most times.


Chillybean, Good shot! I wonder why your not seeing them much this year too, I'd keep the feeders out and full even if there is other plant foods around, I have them coming to visit the bee balm and salvia like crazy, But, They still always come and drink from the feeders too.


A few from today ..

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 19, 2013
9:15 PM

Post #9565695

A few more that I forgot to add ..

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2013
8:34 AM

Post #9566127

Cute picture, Chillybean!!
Although we've been seeing our Hummers daily, there are fewer than normal and they were very late this year. I expect we'll see more as Summer progresses. I bet you will too. It's just been strange this year. I agree with IRIS about keeping at least one or two feeders out.

Super shots, IRIS!! She's a real sweety.

Here's a couple of pics from yesterday. It was super bright out and, unfortunately, parts of the pic were slightly washed out while his little face was very shaded...probably from the feeder.

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2013
10:30 AM

Post #9566282

Thanks nutsaboutnature! I think your pics are great even if the lighting wasn't at the best advantage point!! Great captures!!
pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

June 21, 2013
6:00 PM

Post #9568039

Trying out a new technique today, it's called Strobe Motion. The idea is to set the camera shutter to a very slow speed (1/4 second) in my case and set the flash to repeat fire at 1/8 power multiple times. I set the flash to fire 3 times at 30Hz. Here is what I ended up with. Have to fool around a bit more with the flash speed to get this right but I'm quite happy with the result.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 21, 2013
6:29 PM

Post #9568055

well that's pretty fun! And nice that you could get this with the MALE bird.
emptyeyes
Lakeview, OH

July 28, 2013
6:24 PM

Post #9614710

I thought I would try to get some more pics of them at dusk and here they are, this is the males, they were flying all around me because it is cooler and my hubby made the sugar water a little sweeter and they were going crazy.

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emptyeyes
Lakeview, OH

August 4, 2013
6:01 PM

Post #9621475

I was out this evening Sunday and one of the female hummers was posing for me, here are some of the pics I got from her.

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memays

memays
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 5, 2013
5:58 PM

Post #9622533

Has anyone seen a beat up looking bird? I didn't get any pics but this little guy claiming one of feeders looks like he has scars on his back!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2013
6:59 AM

Post #9622901

It is possible, memays. Hummers are cute as can be, but aggressively defend whatever territory they deem to be theirs and some individuals are more aggressive than others.



purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

August 6, 2013
12:22 PM

Post #9623173

Seeing some down here!

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 6, 2013
7:06 PM

Post #9623576

Memays, I've seen a fight between 2 hummers, and one was relentless in his attack. I had to intervene, to rescue the little guy. The attacker kept charging him, while I was helping it. But my effort were in vain, he died a few hrs after his rescue.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2013
12:44 PM

Post #9624124

That's heartbreaking, burn.
Mother Nature can be so cruel, at times. Thank goodness we don't see it most of the time.




IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9624378

Nice pics all ~
So sad burn, They can be relentless when attacking each other sometimes!
Heres one from a couple days ago ~

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2013
9:41 PM

Post #9624679

Great shots, everyone!

IRIS, we're just starting to see females again and a couple of juvies.

Haven't had very many hummers this year. Hopefully it'll start to pick up soon with the males beginning to migrate and babies out and about.

IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 8, 2013
8:44 AM

Post #9624986

nutsaboutnature, I never get a lot of hummers here either, I got a male , And two females that hang around and are still here.
emptyeyes
Lakeview, OH

August 11, 2013
6:12 PM

Post #9627891

Here is the female all spread out for you folks to enjoy, they are such delightful creatures!

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2013
7:41 AM

Post #9632286

More and more hummers are starting to show up, now. We now have mostly females and juvies, with the occasional adult male.

Because we had less hummers this year, I had only put up two feeders for most of the season (along with the blooms I have for them). With the visits more frequent, now, I just added another feeder to cut down on the chasing. There's still chasing, but at least more hummers get to eat.

Haven't gotten too many pics lately. Here's a couple...nothing special. The silhouette was mostly for fun.

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memays

memays
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 16, 2013
8:14 PM

Post #9632999

Well I put up a fourth feeder and it seems to help. Although now I think the bird I saw mag have been molting. Love these birds!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2013
7:02 AM

Post #9633202

Hummer activity has been strange this year, all over the country. My brother lives in the Colorado mountains and has a ton of hummers. He puts up about a dozen feeders and has to fill them daily. His hummers were also late this year.

Usually my males show up quite a bit before the females in spring, but because the males were late the females showed up right afterwards since they need time to breed and raise their young.

Glad your hear your hummer may have just been molting. Their feathers can get pretty scruffy-looking at times as new ones grow in.


IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 17, 2013
9:14 AM

Post #9633283

Enjoyed the photos and info!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2013
10:19 AM

Post #9633320

Well...of course I would be standing right next to some Cardinal Flowers when a little female decided she was hungry...with my camera sitting in the house. She hovered and studied me for a few seconds, decided I wasn't a danger, and proceded with her snack.

Most of our adult males have headed south, but we still have a few and should still see some migrating from further north.

memays

memays
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 17, 2013
12:38 PM

Post #9633430

Hi all, if you can magnify these pics, wanted to share.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2013
8:01 PM

Post #9635769

Very nice pics memays! No need to magnify.


These were taken through the double pane kitchen window. (Note to self: WASH WINDOWS!)


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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 21, 2013
11:55 AM

Post #9637320

memays and nutsaboutnature, Nice pics!!

nutsaboutnature, I know how you feel, I'm always seeing them on plants/blooms that I would love to get a picture of them on, But, It's always a time when I'm really busy, When I try to get them, They don't want to go where I want them to be lol ... I got 5-6 hummers here right now, 1 male and the rest are female/juvies and they are fighting like crazy for the feeders! Got these pics last night, It was almost dark out and getting too dark for the camera I was using but I tried to get a few shots anyway ...

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 22, 2013
7:18 AM

Post #9637963

Thanks IRIS!! Cute shots!! That last one is cool. I find it so hard to "catch" them while they're hovering at flowers since it's usually when I'm outside doing something else and don't have my camera.

Glad to hear you have more hummers now. We, also, have quite a few right now and like you, ours are mostly females (or immature males) since most of the adult males have started their southward migration. I don't know how many we have, but they seem to be all over the place and are constantly chasing each other.

All our feeders are on shepherd's hooks which allows them to be strategically placed...near a window, in a flower bed, etc. Each Spring I attach a dead branch to each of the shepherd's hooks which the hummers really enjoy. They'll "park" on the branch and stick around longer (or sometimes guard "their" feeder from perceived invaders). Now and then it even makes for photo ops.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2013
7:37 AM

Post #9637984

I am new to this thread but we have been getting hummers for the last couple weeks which is about 3 weeks early this year. We are in the middle of the migratory path and get hundreds at a time for a while. I go through over a gallon of sugar water a day during that period. This year I had a couple stay all summer which is unusual but I hope it will be repeated next year.
We only get ruby throats, sigh, but what a show!

Haven't really sat down yet to get more pics, but I will have to take a minute now that their numbers are increasing exponentially.
I really enjoy reading all the posts and seeing where the little guys spend their summers.

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2013
9:33 AM

Post #9638089

nutsaboutnature, Thanks! I have my feeders on shepherd hooks too, Which they sit on quite a bit, Except for the male, He hangs out in the tree branches that overhang the fence and dives down to guard the feeders so I move the feeders around every now and then and helps as it takes him a little while to re-establish his guarding area.

rouxcrew, Welcome to the thread! nice pic's, Wow, I'd love to see hundreds at a time ( Even if they are just Ruby Throats) , lucky you! I can only imagine what a show that would be!! Hope to see more pics!

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2013
10:02 AM

Post #9638118

Thanks Iris, it is a spectacle, and a noisy one. When the numbers grow, all fighting stops and all you hear are the drone of their wings. Honestly you cannot talk on the porch during those weeks. A friend took a video last year that truly captured the numbers and the noise. We have a 10' wrap around porch and I used to scatter the feeders all around but that made it hard to keep up with which ones needed filling. S now we use the east side and half of the north side and find that they are just as happy. We have two desert willows, one on each side and they perch a lot in those as well as further out in our big post oaks.
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2013
10:11 AM

Post #9638129

rouxcrew, YW! I had seen a video with the hummingbirds in large groups like that and it was so awsome! Nothing like experiencing it firsthand though! So happy for you that you are able to do that!! ~ Sounds like you figured the best set up that works for you, SeemsThey will always find them no matter where you move them to which works out great for adjustments when needed. I'm tending to think that there are just too many at a time for a single one to try and guard and thats why there is no fighting among them, Wish it was that way here!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2013
8:28 AM

Post #9639063

Welcome Joy!! Love your pics!

It's really exciting that you get so many hummers during migration! I was surprised, based on your location, that you only get Ruby-throated, but I guess it makes sense since RT's cross the Gulf of Mexico.

I've read that Ruby-throats tend to be more agressive than most other hummers about guarding feeders, but, like you said, it stops when there are too many other birds to keep track of.

My brother in Colorado has tons of hummers of several varieties sharing feeders. Few, if any are RT's, but he's even said when they first start coming, the earliest ones try to "claim" the feeders, but then they come in masses so it changes quickly.

Another member, "dellrose", used to post lots of pics of RT all sharing feeders. She might also have been on a migration route, but she was further north. If you go back a year or two you can probably see her pics.

I'm lucky to see two at one time on a feeder and most likely it's either young siblings or Mom and a baby, but even that's rare.

IRIS, though I don't move my feeders around, I have them spaced quite a ways apart in different areas of our yard. I do think it helps. Right now I have three feeders up.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 23, 2013
9:03 AM

Post #9639103

We have twice as many today as yesterday, but there is still some squabbling going on. I don't think any other migratory path goes through our area so we just get RTs. I have been told of sightings of black chinned or rufous in the winter, they say that if we have a winter hummer that is what it is. Several other species may occasionally be found in Houston in the winter. These include Allen's, Anna's, Broad-tailed, and Buff-bellied Hummingbirds. All this info comes out of Houston, we are NW so I will be extra vigilant as the stragglers hang around in October. The numbers are too large for me to be sure of anything other than ducking and the fact that they will hover in front of you and chew you out if a feeder goes missing too long.
I will get more pics as the mob gets bigger, it is amazing.

Joy

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Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9639378

We still have lots of activity around our feeders. I haven't had many at the feeders this summer. They must be getting ready to leave because there are several around them now! After enjoying all of your pictures I decided to get my camera out and see if I could capture a few of the little darlings!

Rose1656

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2013
3:26 PM

Post #9639412

rouxcrew wrote: The numbers are too large for me to be sure of anything other than ducking and the fact that they will hover in front of you and chew you out if a feeder goes missing too long.
I will get more pics as the mob gets bigger, it is amazing.

Joy


Love your description!!

nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2013
3:30 PM

Post #9639415

Welcome Rose1656!! Those are great pics! Thanks for sharing.

I have a feeder exactly like the one in your picture that I just bought this year. I love it and so do the hummers. Plus it's super-easy to clean which makes it even better.



Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2013
4:14 PM

Post #9639438

Nutsaboutnature,

I bought my first one on a clearance rack for less than $5.00. I love it and searched all the stops for some more. Finally found them in a catalog, but not for less than $5.00! They are so easy to clean, and the built in ant moat is nice.

Rose1656
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2013
5:52 PM

Post #9639520

Rose1656 ~ do you have any Menards near you?

Up around where I live, both Menards and Blaines Farm and Fleet have them. I paid $5.00 at Menards on sale in early spring. I almost bought another, but wanted to make sure the hummers would use the perches since they seemed a little further out then my others. Well, the hummers are perfectly happy with the perches and will sit for long stretches.

They still have them in stock so I'm hoping they go on sale again at the end of the season. If not, I just might break down and buy one anyway. They have them in two sizes, but I have no need for the larger one.


Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2013
7:12 PM

Post #9639600

That's where I found the first one on clearance. But they didn't have any this year at our Menard's store. I will have to check and see if they got some in since I looked. Always need more hummingbird feeders!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 23, 2013
8:51 PM

Post #9639648

nutsaboutnature, I have my feeders spaced quite a ways apart too, But, I still move them around now and then, It helps cut down the fighting.
Welcome Rose1656!! Great photos rose and rouxcrew! Thanks for sharring! got quitea few around the feeders but just can't seem to get them when they are all close together ( Maybe tommorrow) This is what I got for today ..

1. Sitting on stick

2. Streched out on the feeder

3.Sitting on her favorite spot ..the tomatoe cage

4. & 5 ... At the Blue Salvia

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2013
7:24 AM

Post #9639927

Wonderful shots, IRIS!!
It's funny the way they like to sit on branches (or tomato cages) with no leaves. Mine tend to look for dead branches on the trees so they can look around. They seem to have favorites and generally go to the same ones over and over.

You're right, Rose1656...you can never have too many hummingbird feeders. Besides, I like to rotate mine so the hummers still have feeders hanging while I'm washing some of them. They get so upset when they come for sugar water and their feeders are gone!


IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2013
2:23 PM

Post #9640238

nutsaboutnature, Thanks! your right, they do tend to have favorites that they always go to. The other day, I was cleaning the feeders, And when I took the refreshed feeders back out and went to hang one up, The hummingbird came to the feeder (which was in my hand) to get a drink. What happens when you don't have your camera huh!!! I'm going to try it again when the feeder is empty and have my hubby take a picture.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2013
8:07 PM

Post #9640522

Your hummers must be relatives of my hummers. Mine always come around and make the cutest poses or hover right in front of my nose just looking at me...but never when I have my camera! They do give me good photo opps at the feeder outside my kitchen window, but those rarely come out as clear as if I were outside...maybe if I'd keep the window spotless?



rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 25, 2013
4:21 AM

Post #9640662

I love all the pictures. I realized yesterday how hard it is to take a good picture of a hummingbird, especially on a flower and not a feeder. Iris, is that Salvia "Black and Blue"? That is the plant in my pictures. They are drawn to it. Thanks to all the people who have taken pictures for this thread. You have my admiration!

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Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2013
6:21 AM

Post #9640717

I never seem to have my camera when I'm out in the gardens! If I do take it along, I usually set it down to weed and miss the opportunity to capture them at the flowers! Nice pics of hummers and pretty plant! Really like the blue blooms on that one.

rose1656

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 25, 2013
6:57 AM

Post #9640751

I haven't been able to do much shooting but I had a crinium blooming this morning so I tried a couple shots. This was a funny girl, she would feel the camera come up and would hide behind the feeder so I caught her peeking around to see if I had left. She then flew to a dead limb and fussed at me.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2013
7:11 AM

Post #9640763

Welcome rteets!!
Those are great pics and beautiful blooms!

Hummers do love Salvias. They even love the annual Salvias so I always make sure to add some annual Red Salvias and sometimes also the Blue ones. I tried some annual Pineapple Sage in a pot, one year. It's supposed to be irresistible to hummers, but mine started blooming too late in the season. I might try it in the ground one of these days, just to see if it blooms earlier.

Rose, I think the hummers just wait for us to set down our cameras...then they fly off chuckling about dumb these humans are.

Edited: rouxcrew, we cross-posted. Those are cute shots! Sounds like your little female has you figured out.



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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 25, 2013
8:31 AM

Post #9640833

nutsaboutnature, Maybe you could leave your window open/up when your ready to take some photos?

rteets, Welcome! Yes it is hard to get shots with them in movement by the flowers, I have an especially hard time because I have to do everything manually with the lens I use, So I have to try and adjust the focas as they are moving around, Not easy to do at all!! ~And yes, That is Black And Blue salvia and they are definately drawn to it, I also have the Red Salvia, I planted one are with Salvia for the purpose of the hummingbirds, They seem drawn to other plants, but, Not like they are to the salvia, One other plant that they are majorly drawn to is BeeBalm, They LOVE bee balm! You did a great job with your pictures ( Very Nice) I especially like that 3rd one!

Rose1656, Same with me, Sometimes I take the camera out and put it down while weeding or fixing plants, And then when I see a good oppertunity, I can't catch it because my hands are too cruddy from doing the weeding/fixing and I don't want to get it on my camera!

rouxcrew, Cute pics, And it's funny how they try to hide and then peak around the corner! I found that when I want to take a picture of them at the feeder, I will put the low stick tape on one side of the feeder, That way they can only use the side in which I can get a good picture, Works good.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 25, 2013
10:54 AM

Post #9640944

I love that blue and black salvia. I tried some a couple years ago and lost it. Since I figured it wasn't too much of a draw for hummers I never tried again. Will definitely need to rethink that. Near my feeders I have red salvia in a variety of heights, all have been RU swaps, Cosmos, milkweed, lantana, crinium, rain lilies, moss verbena, basil, oregano, butterfly vine and jack vine. Further out there are Cowpen daisies, Esperanza, duranta, desert willows and a couple big salvias in pink and purple. Butterflies and bees go nuts for all of those, my hummers think they are too slow. LOL

rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 25, 2013
2:55 PM

Post #9641132

Rouxcrew, if you want hummers you should get this plant. They go to it before the feeder which is only 3 feet away. I have extensive gardens (which you can visit on the Garden Showcase site) with many different flowers and I have never had one that draws the hummers like this one does. It's not hardy here so I just have a couple in pots on my deck close to the kitchen window so I can see the visitors.

Anyway, I have a couple new pictures.

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rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 25, 2013
3:58 PM

Post #9641188

rteets, I do intend on getting some more now that I know they like it but I don't need more hummingbirds. Today we lost count around twenty and we know there were at least twice that number while we were standing there. In another week we will have close to a hundred, especially if a cool front rolls in up north. Normally they hit the feeders first to fill up and then sit around in the trees to rest.
Those are great pictures, and I like your garden. I have been working on turning my front yard into a 3 B cottage garden (bees, birds, butterflies). The problem with having a working farm is finding the time to make it happen. Baby steps my husband reminds me.

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rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 25, 2013
5:28 PM

Post #9641274

Rouxcrew, what a great picture! Two and both in focus. Amazing. A hundred hummers??!?! I'd say that's plenty. I'd be hiding plants... Lol...
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 26, 2013
7:43 AM

Post #9641690

IRIS, easier said than done. First, I'd have to remove the screen and keep it off...not a good idea with all the insects that want to come in the house. Then, I'd have to keep the window open for long periods with no screen because the hummers come and go constantly now and really like that feeder. If I waited to see a hummer to open the window, it would scare it off. Good idea, though. Just wouldn't work too well for me. :-))

Your right about Bee Balm. I wish it lasted longer or the varieties bloomed at different times. I tend to leave the blooms till there's nothing left on them because the bees will come even if there's only one petal and the Goldfinches like the seeds. Their favorites, of course, are still Coneflowers and also Black-eyed Susans, but they love all kinds of flower seeds.

Love the pics, rteets and rouxcrew!!

rteets, do you start your 'Black and Blue' from seeds or plants? They're definitely not hardy in my zone, but the plants are kind of expensive to use as annuals. If I grow some I'll probably try to save them somehow for the next year...whole plants or cuttings (or seeds if they come true).

rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 26, 2013
9:03 AM

Post #9641796

Nutsaboutnature, I got the plants on sale 4/$10. Can't beat that! I am going to try to overwinter them in their pots. We will see. If that doesn't work I will try seeds.

Here is another picture I took yesterday.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 26, 2013
9:10 AM

Post #9641806

Great shot!! Wow, that's a super price. I'll have to look around as the season winds down. Otherwise I may try to Wintersow some seeds.



IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2013
9:15 AM

Post #9641816

rteets and rouxcrew, great pics! I have yet still to get a good picture of the hummer's by the salvia!

nutsaboutnature, awww sorry to hear it wouldn't work, I sometimes open the windows and take the screens off when I'm cleaning them and it's all open for a while,I don't really get any insects that come in, But, I have a tri-level home, So my windows are not open on the ground floor. Usually all time here, If a hummer gets scarred off when a window is opened and the screen raised, It pretty much comes right back within about 10 minutes, Maybe you could try that and just wait the 10 minutes to see if he comes back. :)

Here are a few from tthis morning ...
1. ~ 3 ~! Resting on a Daylily branch
4. Getting a drink
5. ~ Watching an Intruder

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rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 26, 2013
10:44 AM

Post #9641915

Great pictures, iris!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2013
10:53 AM

Post #9641921

rteets, Thanks!

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9643252

The migration increases. Still hard to even come close to photographing the clusters but I think these show 10-12 birds in each. There are more this evening than this morning.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 29, 2013
5:54 AM

Post #9644551

oh good grief! showoff! ;-)
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 29, 2013
6:35 AM

Post #9644594

IRIS, very cute pics!! #5 is funny...they're ALWAYS watching intruders.

I was just re-reading an article I saved on hummers from a 2006 National Geographic.
Part of one paragraph says...[They are certainly fearsome - gram for gram, perhaps the most confrontional players in nature]. And one of the naturalists studying them said, "I think the hummingbird vocabulary is a hundred percent swear words".

OMG rouxcrew!! Can you just feel the envy we're all having right now? :-)
Really fun pics, BTW!!


rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2013
6:53 AM

Post #9644604

100% swear words. That's so funny and so believeable!
pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

August 29, 2013
1:32 PM

Post #9645055

The juveniles are now coming to the feeder here in MA. Managed to get some shots this morning here are the results.

Enjoy
Praveen.

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pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

August 29, 2013
1:38 PM

Post #9645059

Here are a few more of the juvenile birds

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rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2013
2:09 PM

Post #9645096

Pmutalic2000. Amazing pics from someone who now knows the difficulty in photographing these little kamikazes!!! Impressive. Well done.
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 30, 2013
10:02 AM

Post #9645848

nutsaboutnature posted "And one of the naturalists studying them said, "I think the hummingbird vocabulary is a hundred percent swear words". LOL on that one!!

rouxcrew and pmutalik2000, Great pics!

Got a few to add from this morning ( Have at least 6 hummers buzzing around today)...

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2013
10:19 AM

Post #9645867

Beautiful pics Praveen and IRIS!!

Great that your hummer activity has increased. Ours has as well.

Until a few days ago we had mostly females and juvies since most of the adult males had already left. Now we've gotten more adult males again and they've claimed a couple of the feeders. I don't know how many hummers we have right now, but it's enough that we see them constantly chasing each other all over the yard so it might be quite a few.


beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 30, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9645902

I am loving these pictures. I really like Iris's juvie with just the few spots. So detailed.

Praveen, did you use flash to get the wings stopped like that? Amazing.
pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

August 31, 2013
11:09 AM

Post #9646797

Beclu, yes I did use the flash to stop the wings. I use the flash at it's minimum power setting, this makes the flash really fast.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2013
3:37 PM

Post #9647010

Couple pictures from last week at my Mom's. She has about a dozen birds. I have one, maybe two moving through now.

Also, two from my bird cam. I was hoping I could get a capture of them at the new (potted) trumpet vine.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2013
8:30 AM

Post #9647584

Cute, Marna!! The last one, especially. Such a "perfect" little pose.

Maybe we can talk rouxcrew into sharing a few hummers with you. Whatcha think, rouxcrew?




Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2013
10:35 AM

Post #9647671

haha. send them over here!!!

There is a guy on the IL Bird listserv in southern illinois that talks about going through GALLONS of water a day. He also has a bander come at this time of year and banded 68 the other day. Can't even imagine.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 1, 2013
12:30 PM

Post #9647746

That would be us as well. Right now I am going through a gallon a day, buying 10# of sugar a week. That will go up as we go through September. I currently have five quart feeders up and am refilling once a day. One I filled at daylight is now almost empty.
I certainly have plenty to share, although I suspect they would immediately head back to my place. LOL

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 1, 2013
3:59 PM

Post #9647928

What a treat this thread is. We don't have hummingbirds over here, so I so enjoy seeing all of yours. What a laugh about the 100% swear words.

rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

September 2, 2013
5:50 AM

Post #9648307

Rouxcrew, Amazing pictures! I can't even imagine getting multiple birds in the same photo. And going thru a gallon a day! Wow. Thank you for the spectacular pictures.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2013
12:15 PM

Post #9648682

Wow, they banded 68 hummers in one day? OMG!

Ooh...Love those pics, rouxcrew!!

Margaret, I tend to sometimes forget that hummers are only in the Americas. Oh well...we have hummers, but you have about a million birds I've never seen in my life! It's so much fun sharing pics!



Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2013
4:08 PM

Post #9648935

Yah, 68 in one day. I went to a banding session in Lemont a couple of years ago and they were up over 100 banded that day. I adopted one for myself, my Mom and Margaret. We're supposed to get a notice if they are ever recaptured or found.

Here's a cutie from this morning. As far as I can tell, I still only have two buzzing around here.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 2, 2013
8:03 PM

Post #9649166

Such a shame. I never received any notification that my adopted hummer had returned. Migration can be brutal.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2013
5:16 AM

Post #9649327

Me neither. BUT, that does not mean it is not still living, It might just not have been re-caught.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 3, 2013
3:01 PM

Post #9649897

Thwack! (Sound of me hitting myself on the forehead with heel of hand). What was I THINKING! I guess I had a picture of all these little banded hummers lining up to be caught so their bands could be examined.
pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

September 3, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9649906

There is a lot of activity at the feeders now as the birds get ready to head back South (we are in MA, northeastern US) and I suspect in a couple of weeks they will be gone. In the meantime here is the activity from today, almost all the birds are juveniles.

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pmutalik2000
Cordaville, MA

September 3, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9649908

Just two more images.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2013
4:27 PM

Post #9649967

Margaret...that's a funny picture...now you've got me laughing!

On the U.S. "Interstate Highways" you'll occasionally see exits to the "Truck Scales" where large commercial trucks go to get weighed (you probably have the same thing in your country). During busy times there may be a long line of trucks on the off-ramp to the scales. That's what I pictured when I read your post...only instead of trucks...they were hummingbirds, returning from their long migration and waiting to have their bands inspected!


MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 3, 2013
4:33 PM

Post #9649968

Haaaa. That is a great pictorial analogy, nuts.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2013
4:54 PM

Post #9649984

I'd have to be pretty hungry to go into a contraption like this.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 3, 2013
5:46 PM

Post #9650036

Can you just imagine banding one of those tiny little legs? It'd be like banding a piece of cotton.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2013
6:14 PM

Post #9650066

you forget how small they are when you are just looking at pictures, but in someone's handů

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rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 4, 2013
12:19 PM

Post #9650635

The real first wave has hit. Three days ago I bought ten pounds of sugar and I will be buying another ten tomorrow. Don't know if the right picture is here but I had over twenty birds around one feeder. I had taken down one to bleach and refill and one little male decided that he could defend the chain from all interlopers. I have a tumbleweed hung from a rafter, memento from a trip, and they are starting to perch like ornaments on a tree.
The close up was just above my head, not more than a foot away. It was cool to be that close.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2013
4:41 PM

Post #9650824

Good grief that is awesome. "MY Chain!"

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 4, 2013
6:41 PM

Post #9650930

Okay, I admit it was a tough lunch crowd, but the dinner crowd was intense.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 4, 2013
6:47 PM

Post #9650936

Good Lord, that amazing!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2013
7:01 PM

Post #9650943

EGADS! I can only imagine the sound!

rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

September 5, 2013
2:36 AM

Post #9651078

That is truly amazing.
Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2013
10:05 AM

Post #9651418

That must be amazing to watch so many of them at one time! How long will you be seeing these large groups? I have several here, but nothing like that!

Here's a couple from today...

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rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 5, 2013
1:04 PM

Post #9651563

The migration usually runs through late October, but since they started early this year who knows? I know that they stay at good feeding grounds for a while to get ready for the long jaunt to Mexico, but it is hard to tell who stays and who goes. Me, I just work here filling up feeders and trying to stay ahead. I have been running errands all day and expect to find more than one feeder empty or close to it. Then I will have to make a new gallon of water and start all over.
One thing, the sugar water doesn't stay around long enough to go bad.

Here is one from this morning and a new game: How many hummers can you spot?

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2013
4:06 PM

Post #9651754

Perhaps you should just hang a 5G bucket of sugar water. and put those little feeding tube stoppers in it. You'll be RICH with that invention.

Margaret, did you hear that? RICH!

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 5, 2013
4:39 PM

Post #9651788

All five feeders were empty, so I ran in and quickly made TWO gallons of sugar water. Five quarts went out all the while they cussed me, and a couple didn't wait for me to hang them, they started while I was fishing for the hook.
Dave found it funny that my cheese pot was being called into service for the water but it is the only one big enough, 12 qt. he won't think it funny when I buy a 25# bag of sugar next.
I really cried when we moved out to the new farm. I had spent years at the old one cultivating friendly plants and had a good amount of hummers. I didn't have a single one here for more than four years, and now I have tons so I can't complain.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 5, 2013
5:45 PM

Post #9651829

Mrs_Ed wrote:Perhaps you should just hang a 5G bucket of sugar water. and put those little feeding tube stoppers in it. You'll be RICH with that invention.

Margaret, did you hear that? RICH!


I hear that. Rich beyond her wildest imaginings. :)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2013
5:53 PM

Post #9651845

Right on!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
7:26 AM

Post #9652279

Rouxcrew, that is absolutely astounding!!! I've been attempting to follow the activity here for the last couple of days even though I didn't have time to post.

Thanks for allowing all of us to get a glimpse of all that crazyness! I can only imagine what it's like with hundreds of hummers all SWEARING at once!!!

Have you ever had any banders out to your farm? It would seem the perfect opportunity.

BTW, thanks for the banding pics, Marna!! That would have to be truly fascinating.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 6, 2013
8:24 AM

Post #9652330

You know, until I saw the photos of banding I never thought about it. I wouldn't know who to contact or if they would want to in this area with migration in full tilt. Since they are just passing through, would the info be important?

I think the early morning brings in the new birds, although it is quieter, they are much more hungry, willing to sit next to one another to drink. This feeder was full at dawn which is around 7, and this is at 10. I sat and watched trying to get a pic of every station full. Funny how almost all will be taken and in comes a trouble maker scattering the group.
It is rare that any come to any of my flowers now, but there is the occasional hard core bird.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
8:35 AM

Post #9652343

I bet Mrs_Ed could direct you if you wanted to find out about banding. I would think they'd be very interested since some of the reasons they band is to find out where the birds go, where they end up and which routes they take.




Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
6:58 PM

Post #9652846

Up here they like to go to a place like yours to make it worth their while. I'm sure they band there because I know they band Ruby Throats in central america in the winter.
http://www.hbrcnet.org/hummerbanders.htm

And then there is this Texas survey, which could be fun for you:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/texas_nature_trackers/hummingbird_roundup/
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
9:16 PM

Post #9652918

Wow...great links! Thanks!

For about the last two weeks, we've been having more hummers than we've had all season with migration from up north in full swing. They're constantly zipping around chasing each other all over the yard. Granted, we have just a teeny, tiny percent of what rouxcrew has down in Texas, but it's still really exciting!

Most of my hummer flowers are waning, like these agastaches, but they still seem to enjoy them. They're now spending most of their time at the feeders, though, and perched in the nearby trees. I leave the coneflower seedheads (in the background) for the Goldfinches.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2013
8:48 AM

Post #9653174

I'd say my population is about normal. just a couple every day. But I'm having a terrible time with plants again this year. My tithonia torch didn't come up, then the replanted seedlings did not thrive. My short tithonia is blooming, but along with the zinnia's, not very well. Just not enough moisture in my sandy soil. Still have a few blooms on the trumpet vines though, and some of the annual salvia are still going.

do you leave your agastache seeds too? I do. The goldfinch and junco love them. Of course, then I have seedlings everywhere. LOL.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2013
10:01 AM

Post #9653223

I leave the seed heads on most of my plants for the Goldfinches and other birds. It doesn't make for the most attractive garden and, yes, there are seedlings everywhere. I figure since I choose most of my plants with wildlife in mind (from the pollinators to the birds) it wouldn't make sense to cut them down while they still have all that food.

Many of my plants struggled this year and some drowned in our heavy spring rains, but others have thrived even more this year. Go figure.

I still need more hummer plants that last later in the season. My Cardinal flowers are almost done and one of my perennial salvias that normally continues to rebloom, didn't this year. I still have some annual red salvias blooming. Next year I'm going to start more annual salvias. Maybe even wintersow some like 'Black and Blue' and 'Pineapple' Sage...two hummer favorites.


Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2013
11:11 AM

Post #9653289

I plant that coral nymph annual salvia and I get lots of volunteers off of that. it's nice because some come up really late, so they are nice at this time of the season. I used to mostly plant Lady in Red, but have found this to be more vigorous.

Ditto on all the seedheads. I was just watching some cute juvies begging for seeds while the parents chomped on coneflowers. cute cute cute.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2013
1:49 PM

Post #9653446

I looked up 'Coral Nymph'. It's very pretty and, apparently, very popular. My Salvia 'Eveline' self sows and has really spread, but it stays in one bed. After cutting back in early Summer, it normally reblooms lightly till frost which has been great for the hummers, but this year It's barely rebloomed at all.

Awwww...how cute! Now isn't that worth having seedheads and seedlings everywhere? To me that's one of the most beautiful sights there is. I haven't had any luck getting shots of the "begging" juvies, but here's a female.

Edited: "Oops...should have posted this in the other thread".


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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2013
1:57 PM

Post #9653454

do you want me to grab you some coral nymph seeds?
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9653503

Thank You, sure, if it's not a hassle.
You'll have to forgive me, but I've never done any plant or seed trading so I don't really know much about how the process works. All I know is that I pay for the seeds and the shipping/handling, but that's the extent of my knowledge.

I don't know whether or not I have any plants you'd be interested in. With some plants I don't know how to actually get the seeds out of the pods. With others, I can see them, but I've never tried drying them. Mostly I just let everything self-sow. Boy, do I feel (and sound) stupid!



Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2013
4:15 PM

Post #9653559

Nah, I dont' need anything. Dmail me your address that's all. I need to do a major overhaul to the garden so I really am not planting anything new. I'm going to have to remove a bunch of plants unless we get a shallow well drilled for watering. Too expensive to pay a water/sewer bill here and everything is dying. boo

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2013
6:47 AM

Post #9653969

Here y'all go, this morning after a rain last night, listen to the cussing!

[HYPERLINK@www.youtube.com]
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2013
8:22 AM

Post #9654040

Thanks, Mrs_Ed!! That's very kind of you. I'll send you a D-mail.

That's crummy about your plants dying. We've been fortunate this summer with more rain than normal so I've done almost no watering, except with the rain barrel, but that's unusual and our water cost is pretty high, as well. Hope your well idea works out for you. Do you have rain barrels?

OMG, rouxcrew!! It's like a swarm of locusts, except they're much, much prettier. Thanks for that video!


Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2013
11:56 AM

Post #9654212

I just viewed your video, and all I can say is "Wow!" Thanks for sending the link.

I'm really enjoying the pictures you all have posted here. Our activity seems slower today, so I'm sure they will be disappearing soon for the winter.

Rose

rteets

rteets
Stroudsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

September 8, 2013
12:41 PM

Post #9654239

Wow,rouxcrew, that is an amazing video! Thanks for sending it. I've never seen anything like it.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2013
1:52 PM

Post #9654327

Roux, That is just crazy! can you watch them long enough to see if there are any kinds other than Ruby throats there?

memays

memays
Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2013
2:00 PM

Post #9654333

LOVE the video! I am thoroughly enjoying activity at my feeders, but the most I've seen at one time is 7 birds - it is truly amazing to see the hordes from rouxcrew - thanks for sharing.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2013
3:54 PM

Post #9654418

I saw this guy before everything went crazy. His throat was never red, but I am assuming he is still a RT. part of the reason I shoot tons of photos is in hopes I might see a different bird. But I doubt any would want to fight these guys.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2013
4:35 PM

Post #9654444

you need a few of these:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CYgbIKXUwc

Or these:

http://www.loststirrup.com/hummingbird_feeder_building.htm

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 8, 2013
5:35 PM

Post #9654523

Wow. I like the one without a top. It reminds me of a feeder/bath I have. Would never have thought they would feed in an open container. I will have to think on this.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2013
5:50 PM

Post #9654543

There are some bird cams in central america that feature that kind of open container. The good thing is that other nectar birds come up to use it. I think when there are numbers like you have, they are more likely to use it.

http://www.worldlandtrust.org/webcams/buenaventura
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2013
7:23 PM

Post #9655645

Wow...I like that big red open (humming) bird bath!! That was so much fun to watch, I watched it 3 times!


I shot this through my double pane kitchen window this afternoon. The down and feathers on her tummy are so fluffy you can't even see her feet.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2013
11:54 AM

Post #9664175

Cuties.

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rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 19, 2013
1:16 PM

Post #9664236

Great photos! Here we are a couple days ago, I was finally able to get a lot in the picture. I took more video that morning as well, it is busier than the other one. They are so hungry that they don't wait for me to hang the feeders anymore, they start drinking as I am getting to the chains.
Mrs. Ed, I tried a version of the open red feeder and got no takers all day. Sigh,it would have been cool.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 19, 2013
8:58 PM

Post #9664597

Beautiful shots, Marna and nuts.
roux crew, you've got so many they look like a swarm of Australian bush flies.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2013
5:19 AM

Post #9664884

Well Joy, I suppose that like anything it would take a while for them to figure it out. And if there were no other feeders but that kind, they' for sure try it. You might try to put a good nectar flower in it. Geeze, with all these, I bet you could hand feed for sure.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 20, 2013
6:05 AM

Post #9664916

My husband said the same thing about it being the only one and they might use it. I don't have the heart to take the others away though. Several years ago I had a half gallon feeder, but I broke it and never found another although I haven't looked online lately. I would like robe able to not have to refill twice a day during the peak migration like now. The other problem is that so many feeders only give you four ports. They get panicky when food is limited, so all of mine have six to eight ports per feeder. When the numbers are less, there is a lot more resource guarding but now they sit for long periods just drinking and resting.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2013
6:26 AM

Post #9664938

agreed. i don't think I'd take all the others away, but just saying it would take some time. You could start in the spring and maybe just use the tray and place a regular feeder there. Then maybe add some water, and gradually move them over. Could be a fun experiment. I think it was Elphalba that took the cover off of one of her feeders so it was just a moat. worked well.

You know how Orioles are always drinking the nectar from hummingbird feeders? Well, the hummingbirds at my Mom's house started to eat the grape jelly that is for the orioles. I put some out for the couple of birds I have here and so far no takers.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2013
7:32 AM

Post #9664996

Thanks Margaret!!

Wow...great shots, Joy!! Shear craziness at your place!

I know that "Perky Pet" makes a 48oz feeder and they usually have specials where you can buy multiples for cheaper or specials where you get a free feeder. But their largest feeders are plastic even though their smaller ones are glass.

Don't feel bad Mrs_Ed. My hummers have never expressed the slightest interest in Grape Jelly.

ottahand7
Monkton, MD
(Zone 6b)

October 27, 2013
12:26 PM

Post #9696025

It is cold here in MD so I have time to get some fun stuff done inside instead of working in the garden. I will share some of the hummers we have at our cabin in the UP of MI. I have a large stand of Monarda (bee balm) and I added a second feeder this year. They are so territorial that I am able to stand right next to the action and the underlings get brave and come in to nectar.



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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2013
1:08 PM

Post #9696048

ahhh! jealous. Look at all those birdies. and some sort of fritillary too! Where in the UP is your cabin. I think we're going to vacation there next summer. Tough to pick just one place to stay since it's all so wonderful!
ottahand7
Monkton, MD
(Zone 6b)

October 28, 2013
6:17 AM

Post #9696616

Mrs Ed Our cabin is about 12 miles into the woods from a town called Amasa. The nearest larger town is Iron River. The UP is nice, many beautiful waterfalls, miles of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior shore to walk and drive along, great camping facilities and 100s of square miles of National and State Forests. Low traffic and friendly people too. The summer days are really long too in June and early July!

Here are some more hummers.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 28, 2013
5:38 PM

Post #9697124

Great pix, ottahand.
ottahand7
Monkton, MD
(Zone 6b)

November 4, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9701676

It's really cold here in MD today so I want to think about warmer weather and hummers! These were all taken with a Samsung point and shoot digital camera with 21x optical zoom. That was the highly recommended camera from Consumer Reports last year. I am sure the technology is even better now. Most of the feeder photos were from about 10' away - the perching hummers are less than 3' - they are hiding from bullies.

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

November 21, 2013
5:05 AM

Post #9713513

My season has just started. This beauty has been chasing off another Hummingbird around my yard.

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Bumicu
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

February 1, 2014
11:26 AM

Post #9760119

Hi all, I'm new to this forum. Love seeing all these beautiful pics and reading your posts. After many years of trying to attract humming birds, I figured out they come through my area starting in October and stay through February. I have since planted lots of firespike and this year put up a feeder which they actually visit! Now I see them several times a day. Any one else having luck in south florida?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2014
12:45 PM

Post #9760175

Bumicu wrote:Hi all, I'm new to this forum. Love seeing all these beautiful pics and reading your posts. After many years of trying to attract humming birds, I figured out they come through my area starting in October and stay through February. I have since planted lots of firespike and this year put up a feeder which they actually visit! Now I see them several times a day. Any one else having luck in south florida?


Welcome to the forum!

Try to get some pics if you can - you can get other species of hummingbirds in southern Florida, like Rufous Hummingbird.

Resin
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

February 5, 2014
11:06 AM

Post #9762983

Hi Bumicu, welcome to the forum. You are blessed to get hummers in winter. I will not see my first till March 19th.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

February 5, 2014
4:45 PM

Post #9763181

We don't get Hummingbirds here until the last half of April - and then I usually just hear them zinging straight north. The usually don't slow down and stick around until May. We get Rufous around the latter half of July, but I didn't see any in 2013.

Yes, take pictures! For ID - and so I can get a second-hand Hummingbird fix!

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