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by la2k9 on September 01, 2006 08:53 AM
I just hung my first two feeders, and any advice you all could give on what to expect would be greatly appreciated. My daughter just can't wait to see them!

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Laurie
by ND farm girl on September 01, 2006 11:38 AM
I've never had them before, until I really started gardening last fall and this spring/summer. I saw my first one a few weeks ago on my gladiolas...so quick bought a feeder, and now every day we have at least 6 at a time flying around the garden! They let us get up right next to the feeder and watch them about 2 feet away! [flower]

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PattyM
by patches1414 on September 01, 2006 11:58 AM
Laurie, if you feed them they will come! [Wink] [Big Grin] I've had them all summer and they are such a joy to watch! [Love] They can get rather friendly and don't seem to be intimidated when you're around! One day I was out there and I had a baby Hummer no bigger than a bumblebee, what a "cutie"! It's was awesome! I just bought three more feeders yesterday because they had them marked down half-price! [clappy] I couldn't pass it up a deal like that and would have brought more but that's all they had. [Frown]

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by HOLLYHOCKGIRL on September 02, 2006 07:53 PM
Hello Laurie, [wavey]

I just hung up feeders last year...I only had one visit the first YEAR! [Eek!] Then, this year, I believe the same hummingbird came back!!! [Cool] [grin]

Some species of hummingbirds do not migrate south for winter (I believe, the Anna's Hummingbird, is one) but they stay wherever food is fresh and most plentiful...so, keep that feeder full and fresh all the time!!! You will be rewarded, eventually...like gardening, the hummingbirds ask for patience and love.

Oh, by the way, If you plant nectar heavy flowers, such as morning glory, trumpet vine, honeysuckle, nasturtiums, foxgloves, and my favourite Hollyhocks...you will see more birds...they love "real" nectar, too! [Wink]

Hope this helps!!!
Keep looking to the sky!!! [thumb]
HOLLYHOCKGIRL
by Wrennie on September 03, 2006 01:06 AM
Here is an article about hummers in ohio ohio hummers
You have mostly ruby throated hummingbirds but may see an occasional rufous. The rule of thumb is put out your feeders by mothers day in the spring and leave them up until at least columbus day in october. Since you are in the north a nectar feeder would freeze solid in the winter.
Any flowers you have nearby will help attract them in. Be sure to hang it within 10 feet or so of some sort of cover, ie bush or tree, so they have a safe place in case a predator shows up.
It is very important to keep your feeder clean. Change the nectar every 3 days in hot weather. In cooler weather every 5 days is ok. ONLY use 1 part white sugar to 4 parts water to make your nectar, or a commercially made mix. Never use artificial sweeteners or honey. That will kill them. There is no need for red dye in the food.

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by Wrennie on September 03, 2006 01:09 AM
Hollyhock girl
Hummers will come back to the same yard as the year before. A few years ago I was outside and a hummer buzzed to the 3 spots I had hung the feeders the year before and looked for them. Then he came and hovered near me and peeped. So I ran in and prepared his feeders and hung them [clappy]

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by HOLLYHOCKGIRL on September 03, 2006 09:47 AM
Hello Wrennie and All!!!

I am so glad to hear that the same hummingbirds will visit again and again!!! That is sooo cool!!! [thumb] [grin]

Also, was wondering if my book is correct in saying that some hummingbirds (Anna's...as I mentioned in other post...) will NOT migrate South???

I had always heard before to take the feeder indoors in Winter...but recently, I read an article that said some hummingbirds die of starvation as "late" migrators or they do not migrate at all??? Just want to make sure I am not doing anything that could be potentially harmful by leaving the feeders up...but hate to think of them starving in Winter...we don't often have too much freeze, so the feeder would be an asset for them here? Do you know???

Just Wondering??? [dunno]
HOLLYHOCKGIRL
by ND farm girl on September 03, 2006 10:04 AM
I have a flowerbed full of them right now, they've been there all morning/afternoon today - it's a rainy day, so we are watching them from the house. I have never had them before this year and I love them! There's at least 6 out there at a time - they fight a lot to get a spot on the feeder, I'm going to have to buy a few more!

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PattyM
by Thornius on September 03, 2006 02:14 PM
It is always best to leave your feeders out all year. A FEW individual birds do not migrate; something like two or three BIRDS per eastern state per Winter stay behind. The cold does NOT bother them but lack of nectar will kill them in a day or two. In 18 years of birding I have seen ONE Hummingbird in Winter. It was a male Rufous Hummingbird. Rufous and Annas Hummingbirds are the two Western Species that are MOST likely to winter over in the Eastern States. The only Hummer that occurs in the Eastern U.S. is the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, and they have NOT been known to Winter over. So if you're interested, leave at least one hummer feeder out all winter. The chances are you will NOT get ANY hummers, BUT YOU COULD!

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by patches1414 on September 04, 2006 12:39 AM
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It is always best to leave your feeders out all year.
Thorny, I live in Illinois, zone 6A, and we get freezing temperatures, [Eek!] so I don't think I could leave any of my feeders out all winter! [dunno]

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by Wrennie on September 04, 2006 12:45 AM
Patty I'm in zone 5 and cant leave a hummer feeder out in winter. It doesnt take very long for nectar to freeze when its 5 below out.
I leave mine out till the beginning of November.
When I wrote that rule of thumb up there (mothers day to columbus day) that applies to the northeast. Like thorn said if youre where its warmer in winter a straggler could come through.

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