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Old 09-15-2008, 04:50 PM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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My dad has a problem with his hummingbird feeder on the outside of the screen porch. About 2 ro 3 times a year a hummingbird will fly into the screen, get his beak stuck and die. Dad has heard them hit the screen and had pushed the beak back out and they fly away. But he can't be sitting there for all of them.

I posted earlier that we've never had a problem like this. Well, we haven't until today. We've had a LOT of hummers recently - you can tell they're stocking up for the long flight south - and one got stuck today! It was scary. I started to go over there to help ease his beak out, but he got out by himself. I need to move that feeder for sure now. I'm glad I was there, and the experience reminded me of your post. Thanks for the heads up. Reps to you! I realize that just because it's never happened to us before doesn't mean it can't, and next time we may not be there to help if needed.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:29 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Poor little guy! Sure glad you were there! Guess we can all learn something from others experiences!!
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:34 AM
 
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It's been amazing watching them over the past few days. They're eating (drinking) about 3 times as much as they've been -- getting ready for their trip.

I put a second feeder out in a flower pot and they found it right away, too.

it's such a treat to watch them...
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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That is very sad about them getting caught in screen doors. I'd never heard of that happening until I read it here
I put a little more food in our feeders yesterday. We still have two stubborn little hummers that just are not ready to leave. I don't recall ever having them hang around this late! It has been a strange year here for all wildlife...
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:05 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Ahhhh, I have one single little guy that still hasn't started his trip! All the others are gone. I worry a little for this little guy but I'm keeping out my one feeder just for him. Aparently he is just not ready to go. I am sure he will once he feels strong enough he will be on his way too. Could be an old hummer or a late born (young) one.
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Looks like our little buddies have all left. None at the feeder the past 2 mornings. I miss them already. Only 7 months until they return!
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:53 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I agree---the area seems so much less active without them! It's like entertainment for us. Go to the kitchen table in the morning, have a cup of coffee and watch them. I still have my single one here but don't really see him much. I think he's just about ready to go too. Sigh.............
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Hoover, Alabama
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Activity has slowed down here in NC as well. I was about to lament yesterday evening that they must be gone when I see my little friend swoop in. They are going through much less nectar now, so I suspect quite a few have already moved on.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:48 AM
 
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Yes, I live in NC also and they have all but gone. I too only have two little guys left and I'm sure soon they will also be on their way!
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Activity has also slowed down in NM. We used to have about 50 constantly and now it's down to 15-20 and it's not constant. We heard they leave around mid October.
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