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Old 06-15-2014, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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This time last year, my back yard had so many humming birds, I had to add more feeders so they didn't bump into each other. I had a good mix of species too. This year, it seems that I have ONE single, really tiny bluish bird that visits every other day. My kids watch for them, and on weekends, I watch too.

I haven't changed location of the feeders. Haven't changed the nectar brand. I wash the feeders every 2-3 days when the nectar has evaporated. I have no ant problem or bug problem aside from the occasional wasp. They were around last year.

Has anyone else noticed a change? I spoke to a guy in WalMart who has noticed just the opposite phenomenon. he has MORE birds this year than last year.

What's going on? Has the weather affected them?
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Mooresville
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Last year me and my neighbor always had about 3 or 4 coming to our feeders and this year I have seen only one. He would come one day and not show up for a week or so :-/ We thought that maybe the cats in our subdivision (which shouldn't be roaming outdoors anyways) are scaring them away :-(
We both haven't changed anything with the feeders/feed either
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:07 PM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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Down in New Bern we had three about six - eight weeks ago, for a week. Then nothing.

Two weeks ago, asit was about to get dark, we had a blitz of 8 - 10. Just one evening, then nothing since.

I dunno.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:28 AM
 
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The Observer has a columnist who writes about birds. I don't have an old paper to get the source, but he would be right person to ask or call the Nature Museum and they may be able to help with a contact. Now that you mention it, we have not seen the same degree of activity around our feeders this year as we saw last year. We even had a hummingbird next right outside our window on a tree limb about 10 feet from the ground.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:29 AM
 
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My neighbor has seen an explosion of humming birds with his feeders this year. He has upwards of 10-15 every couple of days. He had to buy an extra feeder this year.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Indian Trail
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I was wondering the same thing! Last year we had a male and female all spring/summer long. I have tried everything, including changing the feeder and the nectar.
So disappointed as we loved to watch them from our sun room window.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:37 AM
 
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In S Charlotte, I've had my feeder up for a month. ZERO birds
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I had one get stuck in my garage Friday, and I have no feeders anywhere.
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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I have not seen near as many as last year. Feeder in the same spot, etc. and last year I had 3-4 every evening, one even becoming territorial and chasing the others away sometimes. Now I get 1 male about every other day and he doesn't even use the feeder. Instead he works the tiny flowers on my lavender plants that are next to it.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:13 AM
 
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I wonder if they don't like the water I put out? I haven't seen ONE bird yet.
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