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Old 03-24-2009, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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I put mine out yesterday after I saw 2009 reports that we've already had them in my area (Huntsville)...

Neighbor has his hanging, too.

Nothing yet.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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I am in south florida and have two feeders up that I keep refilling (empty and cleaning first of course) evey 3-4 days and nothing. I am using a nectar mix that got very good reviews on amazon dot com. I hope it's not the nectar mix that is keeping them away.
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Boy wouldn't it be cool if we really knew for sure we get the same hummers back each year????? I won't see them until around Mother's day either but I just told the kids today we needed to put their feeders out. With the way our weather has been so whacky this winter I want to be ready if they show up earlier for sure!
Jaxson, you must live here in the Midwest. I live in Cincinnati and we typically don't have ours return until after Mother's Day as well. I really believe they are the same little birds returning to our feeder each year.
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Sunnydee just west of your state. We had one last year that had a white spot right between it's eyes. If we get that one back I will be sure to post. My DD named it Speckles.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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I am in south florida and have two feeders up that I keep refilling (empty and cleaning first of course) evey 3-4 days and nothing. I am using a nectar mix that got very good reviews on amazon dot com. I hope it's not the nectar mix that is keeping them away.
No need for a "nectar mix". Sugar and water (1/4 cup sugar/1 cup water) is all they need. Some recommend boiling the water but that is not necessary. I use hot tap water to help dissolve the sugar and let it get to room temp before I put the feeder out.
Could it be perhaps where the feeder is located?
Hummingbird Food/Nectar
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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We had one last year that had a white spot right between it's eyes. If we get that one back I will be sure to post. My DD named it Speckles.
That is just too cute I hope you see that one again this year.
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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I am in south florida and have two feeders up that I keep refilling (empty and cleaning first of course) evey 3-4 days and nothing. I am using a nectar mix that got very good reviews on amazon dot com. I hope it's not the nectar mix that is keeping them away.
I never had a hummingbird visit in Jupiter...tried for years, nothin'.

Husband, native to Palm Beach Gardens, said they used to migrate through when he was young, but that he'd not seen them since childhood.

Here, simple sugar and fresh warm water does the trick...mine don't like a cold drink. I use hot tap to make it and then let it cool, as another poster suggested, to room temperature-ish. Some people swear by cold. Go figure. But the dye is unnecessary and some suggest even bad for them...so I do not waste money on a store-bought 'nectar' blend.
I change the water out every other day to avoid spoilage from the heat, but am busy enough that it's almost gone anyway.

Although they will eat small bugs, ants may deter your visitors if found in too great a number. I blast with a hose as needed.

They'll see the feeder and know what's up. Keep it in the open, not hidden in a tree. Though they DO stop and perch, I found that they want to be exposed, not overcome by leaves and branches.
Of my two feeders, the one that has a perch design was favored. And it's green and copper, metal and glass. Only the sips are red. And I have it hanging off a Shepard's hook on my deck, high in the air.

If you want to have an extra kick of attracting color, plant something nearby. They REALLY liked my passionflower last year. I hope that comes back - supposed to be hardy here.

AL NE Foothill Update - not here yet.

The few times I was able to capture an image last year can be seen in my profile album.

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Old 03-31-2009, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Default My hummies.........

http://www.city-data.com/forum/membe...ived-south.jpg

They have arrived in s/Oregon and they are very thirsty !
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Lucky you, ConeyisBabe. Nice photo!
I hope to see some before the end of April.
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: galaxy far far away
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No need for a "nectar mix". Sugar and water (1/4 cup sugar/1 cup water) is all they need. Some recommend boiling the water but that is not necessary. I use hot tap water to help dissolve the sugar and let it get to room temp before I put the feeder out.
Could it be perhaps where the feeder is located?
Hummingbird Food/Nectar
Disagree - boiling it is absolutely necessary. It kills certain types of molds and makes sure the sugar is completely dissolved - not just to the naked eye. You could be harming your little visitors and never know it. Undissolved sugars are bad for them, and can attract more fungus and mold problems.
Re-read the link you gave us:

You can save money and make your own hummingbird nectar by using the following recipe.
  • 1 cup pure granulated sugar (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2647273-10360181?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.coffeeforless.com%2F product.asp%3Fid%3D969%26CatID%3D163%26ovchn%3DCJN %26ovcpn%3DCJ%26ovcrn%3DDomino%2B5lb%2Bbag%2Bof%2B Sugar%26ovtac%3DAFF&cjsku=83942 - broken link)
  • 4 cups hot boiling water
Boil more than four (4) cups of water on the stove top. Use more than four (4) cups to adjust to the loss of water from steam. Carefully measure out four (4) cups of boiling water into a large bowl. Add one (1) cup of pure granulated sugar (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2647273-10360181?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.coffeeforless.com%2F product.asp%3Fid%3D969%26CatID%3D163%26ovchn%3DCJN %26ovcpn%3DCJ%26ovcrn%3DDomino%2B5lb%2Bbag%2Bof%2B Sugar%26ovtac%3DAFF&cjsku=83942 - broken link). Mix the pure granulated sugar (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2647273-10360181?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.coffeeforless.com%2F product.asp%3Fid%3D969%26CatID%3D163%26ovchn%3DCJN %26ovcpn%3DCJ%26ovcrn%3DDomino%2B5lb%2Bbag%2Bof%2B Sugar%26ovtac%3DAFF&cjsku=83942 - broken link) and water together until all of the sugar is dissolved. Carefully place mixture into the refrigerator to cool, usually overnight. When mixture is cold, take mixture out of the refrigerator. You now have a bowl of hummingbird food.
NOTE:
The recipe needs to be followed exactly as written. Hummingbirds are very sensitive creatures with tiny body organs. Not following the recipe exactly or using substitutions can harm the hummingbirds.

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