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Old 09-05-2008, 05:23 AM
 
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Well this is as close as I'll get to seeing a humming bird over here in europe. Some people actually mistake the humming bird moth for an actual humming bird. The intro is actually kind of funny.

Hummingbirdmoth.com
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Old 09-05-2008, 06:06 AM
 
Location: a nation in decline
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I missed that about the danger of brown sugar. I know not to use honey. Thanks for mentioning that. I bookmarked the link, will have to do some more reading.

Rep'd you for that. Thanks again.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:35 AM
 
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Default it makes sense....

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I missed that about the danger of brown sugar. I know not to use honey. Thanks for mentioning that. I bookmarked the link, will have to do some more reading.

Rep'd you for that. Thanks again.
I have two parrots. You have to be careful about feeding them spinach and other foods high in iron because it's bad for them.

When I saw that,... it made sense.

In the really hot weather it even says that the sugar solution can spoil in 2 days...

Good information.
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Capitan, NM
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Our hummingbirds come right up on the porch; about 40-50 of them at a time all day although they are starting to dwindle out now because the weather is getting cooler.
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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Our hummingbirds come right up on the porch; about 40-50 of them at a time all day although they are starting to dwindle out now because the weather is getting cooler.
I envy you having that many at a time.

That article said that before they migrate that they double their body size and to keep out your feeders until they're almost frozen...
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Former Michigander living in Durham, NC (SW Durham)
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Our hummingbirds come right up on the porch; about 40-50 of them at a time all day although they are starting to dwindle out now because the weather is getting cooler.
I'm jealous, too! I have seen between 1/2 dozen and close to a dozen hummingbirds. Lately, however, I have a territorial little hummer that chases all the others off! Others come to the feeder, though, because there is no way one little hummer is emptying the feeder as quickly as it is emptying out these days!

I'll be keeping my feeders out until they for sure have migrated.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:23 PM
 
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Page of hummingbirds

I LOVE hummingbirds too!!

One of the cutest things I've ever seen was a tiny hummingbird nest with newly hatched hummies all sardined into the nest, being fed.
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:33 AM
 
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I'm jealous, too! I have seen between 1/2 dozen and close to a dozen hummingbirds. Lately, however, I have a territorial little hummer that chases all the others off! Others come to the feeder, though, because there is no way one little hummer is emptying the feeder as quickly as it is emptying out these days!

I'll be keeping my feeders out until they for sure have migrated.
That link / article said that once they find your feeders that they spend a lot of time nearby in trees keeping an eye on it and protecting it...

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Page of hummingbirds

I LOVE hummingbirds too!!

One of the cutest things I've ever seen was a tiny hummingbird nest with newly hatched hummies all sardined into the nest, being fed.
The link also said that their eggs are about the size of a pea and that they'll come back and re-use the same nest.
I hope you got a picture of your nest with the babies in it!

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Old 09-07-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Capitan, NM
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I heard that they start to migrate here around the second week of October but it seems they're starting to do it now. It used to be around 50 during the daylight hours and fighting occured over being territorial. We sit our parrot outside and he likes to talk to them.
Now there's only about 20 hummers hanging around and it's not an all day thing. I'm going to miss them when they're gone for the winter.
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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I heard that they start to migrate here around the second week of October but it seems they're starting to do it now. It used to be around 50 during the daylight hours and fighting occured over being territorial. We sit our parrot outside and he likes to talk to them.
Now there's only about 20 hummers hanging around and it's not an all day thing. I'm going to miss them when they're gone for the winter.
New Mexico is known for it's hummingbird population.

We have unseasonably cooler weather here, too, because of the tropical storms.
They are really emptying the feeders lately -- so they're probably getting ready to leave me, too.

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