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Old 07-06-2017, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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I've had sightings at my feeders 5 days in a row, and that's not even knowing what's going on at 14 different feeders, just a chance sighting while looking out my kitchen window.
WOW - 14 feeders! That is incredible. Thanks for posting the videos
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Old 07-06-2017, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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I've given up on them this year not only are the numbers down around the nation but my feeder can't compete with the 3 neighbors. Even though I was the only one to hang a feeder 5 years ago & bring them back to this neighborhood (I was told) 4 years ago. Even though I kept them with fresh nectar, natural & manmade, and clean perches & feeders. No hummers are coming to my patio this year.

sniffy sniff sniff
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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I had 2 hummers come today, that I know of at least. One has me worried...it was a female, and she was all puffed up, breathing extremely quickly and had her head up in the air. She would stay there for quite a while, and then it looked like she would swallow, almost like she was swallowing a bug, to give you an idea of what it appeared like, then she took a drink and took off, or put her head back up, breathing hard again.


I Googled it, and these are signs it could be a sick bird. I wouldn't know what to do for this bird if something happens to it if I saw it. It was extremely hot out today, but the other bird that came, was just fine.


Any thoughts?? Has anyone seen this sort of behavior from a bird not sick?? I've never seen a hummer breath like this. I have video but don't see a way of posting it, but do have a picture attached.
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Old 07-07-2017, 04:20 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I had 2 hummers come today, that I know of at least. One has me worried...it was a female, and she was all puffed up, breathing extremely quickly and had her head up in the air. She would stay there for quite a while, and then it looked like she would swallow, almost like she was swallowing a bug, to give you an idea of what it appeared like, then she took a drink and took off, or put her head back up, breathing hard again.


I Googled it, and these are signs it could be a sick bird. I wouldn't know what to do for this bird if something happens to it if I saw it. It was extremely hot out today, but the other bird that came, was just fine.


Any thoughts?? Has anyone seen this sort of behavior from a bird not sick?? I've never seen a hummer breath like this. I have video but don't see a way of posting it, but do have a picture attached.
From this site. Common Bird Parasites & Diseases
Sounds like it could be something like this. Or my first thought was, she may be stressed from nest mites.

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Aspergillosis
Aspergillosis is a fungal infection caused by the Aspergillus fungus, which can be found in damp or wet seed mixtures, in birds' nesting materials, or in landfills. Spores inhaled into the lungs and air sacs of birds eventually cause pneumonia and bronchitis. Sick birds experience labored breathing, weakness, and diarrhea, but will continue to take food at feeding stations until they die.
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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From this site. Common Bird Parasites & Diseases
Sounds like it could be something like this. Or my first thought was, she may be stressed from nest mites.
thanks. Hope she will be ok. With the lack of hummers this year, and my love for these little air acrobats, I hate seeing this!
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:30 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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thanks. Hope she will be ok. With the lack of hummers this year, and my love for these little air acrobats, I hate seeing this!
If you get a better photo, look for a slight ring (wear mark) at the front of her neck. This would indicate she is nesting, and likely nest mites. Fingers crossed for the little one.
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Old 07-08-2017, 05:39 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Almost forgot! I finally saw my first female chowing down on my Bee Balm in the front yard on the 3rd of July. Then yesterday I had one at the feeders. She looked very tiny, so possibly this year's offspring.
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Old 07-08-2017, 03:09 PM
 
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Almost forgot! I finally saw my first female chowing down on my Bee Balm in the front yard on the 3rd of July. Then yesterday I had one at the feeders. She looked very tiny, so possibly this year's offspring.
Finally a female! Yay! I've seen a couple of them, but still mostly boys at my feeders. They must be very lonely boys. I did see one dining on my purple Amistad sage, which is getting quite large now.
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Old 07-25-2017, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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I've got to make another Costco run for sugar soon. The sweet little visitors have arrived in full force. Since Sunday night I've refilled all 4 feeders/16 cups.
We currently have 3 Rufous guarding the feeders. The others don't care. At noon they were buzzing them like it was dawn or dusk. End of July is typically our busy time so they are right on schedule.
Interesting that I have 4 pots of flowers on my deck but have only seen a few birds hit the flowers. I've got all their faves: agastache, hummingbird mint, coral bells.
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Old 07-31-2017, 01:59 PM
 
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Thank you, that was lovely. Great idea too.

This is so cool. What is that made out of? Peace
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