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They've been back here up on the hill for about a week. I hope they didn't freeze their little tail feathers off last night, we had a freeze. I don't put up feeders, but have plenty of flowers for them. We always have at least two pair and often as many as four. One little female likes to hover in the front window and watch us.
So far the orioles are keeping both hummingbird feeders busy, but a couple of hummers get in too. We had never had orioles before last year, and this year we have two pairs again. I'm debating about putting up a third feeder.
I actually saw a female hanging around in March where I usually hang the feeder, but she left and hasn't returned since. I have the feeder up again now, so hopefully it won't be long before she returns. The red trumpet vine is in full bloom too, and they love that.
We had two pairs of ruby-throats last year. I miss the black-chinned hummers we often saw when we lived a little further north, in McKinney TX. They are striking.
Ours showed up about 2 weeks ago. Greedy little beggars emptied the first feeder in 2 days! I put up a new, bigger feeder in the garden, but I don't think they've figured it out yet. It has metal flowers on the sides and they keep going for those instead of the feeding ports.
Ours have been here for a couple weeks now put up the feeders and they used them a day or two and not seen them since. They were little bitty black ones with a red throat. Beautiful little things !!!!!
They've been here about a month and a half. I had a little male black chinned hummingbird check me out yesterday, buzzing back and forth in front of me in the garden. He flew into the garden and was a bit surprised by me. I think he was trying to make sure I was safe. His purple throat was just glowing. There is a dead tree about 30 feet from my garden and the hummers like to sit up in the high branches and rest between trips to my garden. It's great to watch them zooming between plants.
I chose "hummingbirds live here almost year-round." I'm currently watching my 5th hummingbird nest of the season. I'd never seen any nests before this year, and it's been so much fun observing them and taking 100's of photos of all the action. Here is a photo of the first nest I discovered back in February. Unfortunately the eggs blew out of the nest in a storm, but I believe mom went on to build another nest nearby (someone sure did, at least ;-)).
Sunny's photo journal of the nesting hummers has been fantastic! We also have a thread of Hummingbird Adventures on the California forum. Perfect pictures not required, we just love watching our little jewels of the air and share their antics with each other. It's sad that not everyone gets to enjoy them as we do.
Our hummers have been & gone further on north. They don't seem to stay here to nest. In August they will come thru on their way south & stay maybe a month.
Edens_Gardener We use grape jelly in salsa jars to feed our orioles. I made a baling wire harness & hang them from shepherds hooks. Counted 12 in the yard at one time. We are going thru more than a 2 llb jar a day.
Edited to add use a snap clothespin for the perch.
My first hummer arrived on April 26. I currently have seen 2 males and one female. I have four feeders out and two hummer gardens plus a hummer haven in the works...and tons of wild trumpet vines and honeysuckle for them too!
Birds are definitely lovely birds no matter the variety. Here in South Africa we have Sunbirds of many varieties - mostly in the Cape, but here on the Highveld we have a variety that loves the aloes and kniphofias at this time of year.
They started arriving about three weeks ago here. Started with just one for a few days. Now we have about 6. Can't keep our three feeders full. Would love to see a nest! This guy's sitting on an electrical tie we used on our earthbox. He guards the feeder from there.
Like GardenGuy the Annas are here year round. One morning in January I got a call from my neighbor begging me to thaw out my feeder because one persistent and hungry fellow was trying desperately to draw some nectar from the frozen feeder. And the roufus hummers have been around for a few weeks at least. They help keep my cat entertained. Z
I've only seen one female but at least three identifiable males, but their visits have been limited to just a few times a day. I hope it's just the cold spring we've had that has limited the activity, because I loved seeing them last year, as many as six at one time and all day from dawn til almost dark.
Mom spotted our first one earlier this week. I told her as soon the porterweed started blooming they would come back. I don't put up any feeders; they just hit the porterweed and I sit back and stay out of the way. Last year was the first time I had ever seen one in my yard so it's nice to know that they came back to me.
Sadly, there are no hummingbirds in Hawaii and few butterflies. One of the few downers of living in paradise. I saw one once in my entire life in Palm Desert, CA. My son and I were in awe watching that beautiful little bird flap so furiously, yet look like it was 'flying still'.
You peeps that live in the west are lucky, lucky people. I, today, saw TWICE my first Male Ruby - Thoated Hummer. He was in my herbs, of which both of their favorites are in full flower, the Sage and the Chives. I was out gardening at about noon when a BEAUTIFUL male zoomed down and let it's stunning strobelight-like thoat just shimmer. I saw it again just 15 minutes ago out at the Sage outside the window behind me. Everybody in the house came rushing to see it until Caleb, the "baby" put his hand out and started talking to him. Caleb just LOVE bird,butterflys, bees, and rabbits. Today we took him out to the vegatable garden to pick lettuce and radishes and he pick a few extra to feed to the rabbit the lives in the hostas and Daylillies. He becomes estatic when he sees a nest of baby robins being fed.
We don't get hummingbirds here (NSW, Australia) but we have nectar eaters.
At the moment, blue faced honey eaters are attracted to my giant Agave flowers and the red hot pokers (Kniphofia) This is the female, and the male has bright blue cheeks.
I've noticed that we have more hummers this year than last, but I'm not sure of the total number; just a few, 6 or 7 maybe. Last year there were only 4.
I found it fascinating to learn that there are no hummingbirds in HI and that they're illegal there. Thank you to the people who posted that information. I've been having a wonderful time harassing my cousin about living in a state that would outlaw hummingbirds. :-)