New season, hummingbirds back

ctfjr

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I finally got around to hanging my hummingbird feeder. Within two hours they found it. Funny how we never see them unless the feeder is up.

We don't have the really colorful ones found in other areas. This guy is typical but we do get a Ruby Red occasionally - much more photogenic.

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Cool my hummers came back some time ago hit the feeder really hard and then nothing, havent seen one since.
 

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My feeder sees only one or two a day.
I think the residing Red Tailed Hawk has a lot to do with it.
 

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Our hummers are just now coming back. According to my birder friends, they just finished their nesting season when they had to feed their young with insects. That is apparently why they don’t feed from the feeders for a while.

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I finally got around to hanging my hummingbird feeder. Within two hours they found it. Funny how we never see them unless the feeder is up.

We don't have the really colorful ones found in other areas. This guy is typical but we do get a Ruby Red occasionally - much more photogenic.

Hummer
Isn't that a female Ruby Throated?

I heard an unusual bird yesterday, sounded like tet-ra-he-dron. Wish I had my phone so I could record it.
 

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Isn't that a female Ruby Throated?

I heard an unusual bird yesterday, sounded like tet-ra-he-dron. Wish I had my phone so I could record it.
I think so. In my part of NYS, I think we only have Ruby Throated HB's.

I'll just mention I had a great view of an adult Bobcat yesterday. Crossed road ahead, and saw it go about 100 yards across a large lawn.

Large and stout, maybe male. Impressive.

Look back ahead, a large buck in velvet is sticking his head out to cross, too...Thankfully he changed his mind.

Otherwise he might have been a hood ornament.....🦌
 

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Hummingbirds arrived in mid April this year. Saw one checking out the red tips on the windmill sails. Mixed up a batch of nectar, put it out and it was dining about 10 minutes later.
 
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Avid bird watcher here, western MA....Hummingbirds arrive mid-May every year, I use Droll Yankees hummingbird feeders, best design I've seen (my third feeder style).

I use table sugar and water (not too strong!) and they LOVE it.......Usually a male will 'claim' the feeder as his own and stand guard protecting the food source. These birds are unbelievably aggressive when it comes to feeding; I've witnessed numerous 'battles' at the feeder with all kinds of chatter. I've even found a dead bird on the ground below the feeder (once).

Be sure to clean the feeders regularly, they get funky inside.

Occasionally, I've witnessed the 'mating dance' that males put on to impress the females. It's similar to the 'threat' dance they perform to scare away potential food grabbers.

The enjoyment from watching these amazing birds is endless. :) (y)
 
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I use a 4:1 ratio of water to plain white sugar, as I learned on the internet. Witnessed some squabbles and chatter. I have 3 feeders about 25 feet apart from each other.
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We've had our feeders out for at least a month and hadn’t seen much until this week. Last week we changed out the sugar water for fresh and they started showing up, not sure if that made a difference or not but they’re back.
There’s a really cool documentary about hummingbirds, Netflix maybe?