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dave

May 18, 2009
9:50 AM

Post #6563736

There are a total of 440 votes:


Yes, they have been here for a couple of months.
(71 votes, 16%)
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Yes, they have been here for a few weeks.
(212 votes, 48%)
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I haven't seen any yet, but my feeders are up.
(55 votes, 12%)
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I have a while to go before I see any here.
(22 votes, 5%)
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Hummingbirds live here almost year-round.
(57 votes, 12%)
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We do not get hummingbirds where I live.
(23 votes, 5%)
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Previous Polls

cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2009
10:00 AM

Post #6563746

seeing them was the greatest reward for planting my Hummingbird/Butterfly garden at the beginning of february!
rhodiegirl
Deering, NH
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
10:28 AM

Post #6563771

The first few days I got one hummingbird and then all of a sudden I got 3. So I'm doing pretty good. I expect to see 4 soon. Last year I had 2 pairs of hummingbirds. They are my favorite of course.

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Kathleen
Panama, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
10:45 AM

Post #6563798

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.
Edens_Gardener
Clay Center, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
12:22 PM

Post #6564038

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.
momcat
northeast, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
1:58 PM

Post #6564461

I didn't answer this one. No idea if there are hummingbirds around, yet. I've never seen one here, but I'm sure there are at some point in the year, just not around my house or garden.

Deb
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
2:02 PM

Post #6564487

Mine have only been here for a week but I voted for 'a few weeks' because there wasn't any other way to go. : )
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 18, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6564646

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.
woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

May 18, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #6564733

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.
flowerfantasy
Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2009
3:36 PM

Post #6564915

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 !!!!!

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6565061

We have a male and female who use ours. When we saw them a couple of weeks ago, I put the feeder up. In 10 minutes they were at the feeder. I can only get the male on 'film'.

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sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 18, 2009
4:10 PM

Post #6565108

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.


This message was edited May 18, 2009 11:13 AM
zhinusmom
(Trisha) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 18, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #6565297

This isn't the greatest picture, but it says a lot about hummingbirds in our area...

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Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #6565300

OMG!!
WaterCan2
Eastern Long Island, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2009
5:13 PM

Post #6565334

N/A
sunnyg
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 18, 2009
5:58 PM

Post #6565580

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 ;-)).

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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

May 18, 2009
6:03 PM

Post #6565599

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.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #6565944

We have ruby throats, and blackchinned hummers here since the end of Feb. We have about 20 or more here! Love to watch them fly and play!

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #6566153

What a great shot in the nest! We only get 2-3 hummers every year. We do get treated to mating flights, though. Very much fun to watch.
tbmontserrat
Isles Bay
Montserrat
(Zone 11)

May 18, 2009
10:33 PM

Post #6566887

I voted Hummer's live here almost year around but they actually live here all year around.
spaces9
Kewanee, IL

May 19, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6567264

I saw the hummingbirds on my blueberry bushes...testing the flowers. They were beautiful.
Peggy
petralittledog
Salina, KS
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2009
8:40 AM

Post #6568918

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.

This message was edited May 19, 2009 1:11 PM

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2009
9:58 AM

Post #6568955

May 6th was my first sighting here

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saya
Heerlen
Netherlands
(Zone 8b)

May 19, 2009
11:18 AM

Post #6569066

I envy you all..we don't have hummingbirds :-(
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2009
4:18 PM

Post #6570168

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!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

May 19, 2009
4:54 PM

Post #6570283

We have hummingbirds all year. We've had orioles for about two months.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

May 19, 2009
11:56 PM

Post #6571947

I have one female red throat, she's been here about 2 weeks. I haven't seen any others yet.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 20, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6574660

Hummingbirds are considered dangerous here: it pollinates pineapples and they would ruin all the crops... Don't miss them that much...too many other beautiful birds...
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2009
4:24 PM

Post #6574782

Wow that is interesting!

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 20, 2009
4:53 PM

Post #6574879

We are fortunate to have Anna's Hummingbirds here year round. The roufus returned the beginning of April.
I think the Summer Banner will be migrating soon to the top of DG site!!! LOL
Keriblu
Johannesburg
South Africa

May 20, 2009
5:30 PM

Post #6575001

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.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2009
6:46 PM

Post #6575304

I checked yes, a few weeks, but the first one actually just arrived today, looked in the window at me and demanded to know why his feeder was not up. I got it done fast.
Kristi_L
Kalamazoo, MI

May 20, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #6575996

I used to put up feeders and grew all the right flowers. I'm afraid this is too urban an environment to attract them. :o(
seray53

May 21, 2009
2:55 AM

Post #6577258

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.

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morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

May 21, 2009
3:26 AM

Post #6577390

Hummers live around here all year. I don't feed them and have just a few plants they like but there are plenty of tiny insects for them.
MichaelZ
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2009
8:05 AM

Post #6577869

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
twinkielee
Minden, LA

May 21, 2009
1:42 PM

Post #6578486

Our first one surprised me 2 weekends ago when he nearly hit my face as he was checking me out on the patio! He's the only one we've seen so far but he's an aggressive little man.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

May 21, 2009
1:55 PM

Post #6578548

After reporting that we had one, we counted 3 and now this morning see that there are four! I hope they aren't just passing through.

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2009
2:08 PM

Post #6578604

MaryE
They were probably all there But awaiting to see if your were gonna be
Feeder Friendly! LOL
Jsorens
Buffalo, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 21, 2009
5:30 PM

Post #6579366

I voted "I haven't seen any yet, but my feeders are up" on the assumption that lots of Aquilega canadensis in bloom count as "feeders." ;)
Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

May 21, 2009
6:10 PM

Post #6579544

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.
DesertPirate
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 22, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #6582876

KaperC mentioned earlier about the Humming Bird forum on CA gardening. There are many great photos there.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/985977/
CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

May 23, 2009
12:26 AM

Post #6584919

I saw two Ruby-Throated Hummers at my feeders yesterday, a male and a female. It's been really windy here, though, and they stayed away from my hanging feeder today.
Hope I see a lot more!

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 23, 2009
4:17 AM

Post #6585903

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.

Melanie
guavadelite
Wahiawa, HI

May 23, 2009
7:36 AM

Post #6586144

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'.
DMgardener
(Daniel) Mount Orab, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 24, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6588992

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.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 24, 2009
7:53 AM

Post #6590108

I also checked "yes" for feeders counting the columbine and honeysuckle I know they like, but haven't seen the birds themselves yet.
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

May 25, 2009
7:18 AM

Post #6593813

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.
WW

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woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #6594927

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. :-)
DesertPirate
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 26, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6599149

weed woman: too bad you have no humming birds but that nectar eater is beautiful. I'll bet the male IS striking.
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

May 27, 2009
8:19 AM

Post #6603305

Thanks DP. I got a pic of the male today. I got sore arms waiting, as they were very skittish if i moved. I'll try again tomorrow for some better shots

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mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

June 10, 2009
9:10 PM

Post #6669812

Yes, the little darlings hum my head and let me know they are hungry.

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