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Hummingbird still here!

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

I saw one this morning before I went to work. It was dashing from the Pineapple sage to the Cape honeysuckle to the Cigar plant. Didn't have my camera handy and it was not very light yet. I think it was having a grand ole time and I sure hope it stays around. Do they overwinter in the Florida panhandle?

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

Glad to know you have a hummer. Yes, some rubys do over winter where you live, plus some western species do also.
If you get a good look at it or a picture, maybe I could identify it for you. I have a hatching yr female ruby in my yard now. We caught and banded it yesterday. It was in good health and maybe it will decide to stay the winter. Do you have a feeder up, if not, it would help to keep the hummer in your yard.

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

If I can i will get a picture. Would love to know what it is. No feeder up, didn't know any were still around but I will gte one up this weekend.
Thanks

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

Still no feeder up but the hummer is still here. We still have red blooming things thanks to no freeze yet.

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

Glad you still have a hummer. As long as it has a food source it should stay until with you until sometime in Feb or early March

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

That is good, but where do they go then?

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

Depends on the type of hummer. Most wintering hummers in the southeast are from the western part of the US, so most return back there for the spring and summer. If it is a ruby throat then it could just stay yr round or migrate northward for the spring and summer.

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

I saw one again this afternoon feeding on my yellow butterfly bush. Didn't have my glasses, binoculars or camera with me, I was working!
THis is great seeing them here in the winter.

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

I want some too!!! I guess it's sorta like the blonde and the lotto ticket...you have to put out feeders too to get them to come like you have to buy a ticket to win the lottery!

Newberry, FL(Zone 8B)

Stacey, you might put a feeder up. i talked with a fellow lives in val rico, he had 5 last year and i'm not sure how many this year. a feeder is a good because it gives them an emergency place to stop and fill up. i have one outside each window where my computer is, as i type for a living, and can often spot them. i put up another one on the kitchen window, haven't seen any there but it gives the others a chance to sneak in for a sip while the other feeders are guarded.
Connie, it is fun isn't it? sappy here, but i feel like God sent me these hummers to help me through the winter, i had heard of winter hummers but never thought i would see any. Also, the bander might be coming by if he has enough reports of hummers in central florida.

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

Oh, it is great fun! I don't have feeders up and tonight is time for first freeze so that will fix that if all the blooms go!
BTW, I have many Brug seed pods still on the plants but not ripe yet. Should I bring them in and if so, how? I doubt if any seeds will survive.

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

I have at least 1 feeder stashed in the garage somewhere and what a GREAT excuse to go to HD garden center as well..LOL Another priority project for the FDH!
That's not sappy Arlene, it's a great way to feel! I always tell the critters thanks when they pose for me!! LOL

Newberry, FL(Zone 8B)

Connie, daturapod posted some instructions a while back, pretty easy. just cut the stalk off as long as you can. cut the branch off just above the pod, and still in buckets of water. i had mixed results, but i do have one pod i did this with that i have since transferred to soil and the pod looks good. lots of them rotted on me. i think the pods have to be already full size and just waiting to ripen, at least for me.
i also hope someone in your neighborhood has a feeder up, they stick around if they have a feeder.
thanks Stacey. i don't know how far you are from this other fellow, but apparently winter hummers hang may well be hanging out near you.

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

Well, all my plants froze, except the cassia but luckily I have 3 feeders up and guess what? This evening I saw a hummer at one of the feeders! So glad I put them up...those little guys are hungry!

Newberry, FL(Zone 8B)

Connie! i am so glad you did too! what a treat. the only things i have left blooming are a few camellias and for some reason my flowering maples. didn't cover them and still have pretty flowers on them.

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

My abutilons (the hybrid orange/red bloom) live all year here and get really big. Just don't have many blooms right now. The yard looks sad, all dead green looking stuff. My brugs' leaves died but the limbs are ok so far. Today seemed like spring is in the air, but oh no, I don't think so!

Newberry, FL(Zone 8B)

Connie, my yard is so sad too. less than 6 weeks to march 1st though, and i can't make myself believe nature will give us hard frosts the first of march two years in a row. i am so looking forward to it. i was looking, you saw the hummer the first time on 11/6, i saw mine on 11/25 but they could have been here earlier. next year i guess i'll leave the feeders up on through just in case.

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

Yep, me too. I will be keeping a closer watch and planting more hummingbird friendly plants and will probably get more feeders now that I KNOW they are here through the winter. Got to keep those birdies fed!

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

I saw "them" this evening. I could sit outside in nice weather with no bugs! They did not go to the feeders but did go into my oak tree and just sit. as it got dark I lost sight of them.

Newberry, FL(Zone 8B)

Connie, glad you got to enjoy your hummers. i saw a funny thing today, some kind of bird i couldn't id was sitting on the hummer feeder stand and poking around. it didn't take long for the little general to come run him off. i would love to have that on tape.

Panhandle, FL(Zone 8a)

THey are fearless aren't they? Get right in there with the big guys...I love it.

I not only have hummingbirds in the summer I have hummingbird moths which are just as fascinating--how do you add a picture??I have a nice picture of one.

This message was edited Friday, Feb 7th 3:20 AM

Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

To post a pic, below your message, enter the location and pic file name on your pc where the IMAGE block is. You can select browse and when you find your pic on your pc double click the file. Hope this helps.

Let me try this--to introduce you to my friendly hummingbird moth. You have to enlarge to see him--his wings are going so fast you can barely see them

This message was edited Saturday, Feb 8th 1:31 AM

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Montgomery, AL(Zone 8a)

skywarrior, where do you live. In looking at the picture, I am not 100% sure that this picture is of a hummingbird moth. It looks to me like a hummer that has lost its tail feathers for some reason, either from molting or from fighting, either one, they will grow back. I am very familiar with the moths, but this one is strange. When was this pic taken?

Larry

I live in Pennsylvania--believe me it is much to small to be a real hummer. They usually flit back and forth between my impatiens but this time I was lucky and 2 of them decided to visit my phlox near my front deck--just outside my sunroom and near my camera. I saw these little fellas in Arizona at the Desert Museum one year and asked one of the employees what they were (since I had seen them at home) and he told me. I did have my zoom lens on just to get some detail since he was so tiny.

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