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Old 05-06-2014, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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Each year I have good intentions of putting out hummingbird feeders to attract hummingbirds, but never really know when is the right time, forget about doing it, and never do it. I don't think I've seen but maybe one or two around as it is, not that there is anything to attract them to other than my butterfly attracting plants, possibly...??? I'm good with butterflys being lured to my yard...waiting for them to arrive.

Can any one tell me if they find an abundance of hummingbirds in the upstate area, and if and when they put out feeders for them? I have tons of sugar waiting to make nectar for them, just need to get on the ball.

TIA
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I have been wondering the same thing; put out my feeder, change the nectar everyday, planted fuschias and baskets of plants they are supposed to love, and have yet to see a hummingbird here! We had lots in Raleigh.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:09 PM
 
Location: St Clair Shores, Michigan
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My parents have had "their" resident ruby-throated hummingbird back this year for the past ~2 weeks. They've seen 2 at once this year, so far, but it's been a late start compared to the years past. Last year, at many points, they had up to 11 hummingbirds at their feeders. My mom was having to make the nectar every other day for their 3 feeders throughout the season.

And please, for anyone who DOES decide to put up a feeder, don't use the dyed red garbage they sell commercially. The hummingbirds will find the un-dyed stuff just fine, and it won't hurt them, for sure.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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I finally got some at the end of last year, and started watching and preparing in February this year! My feeder was full and hung in early March.

According to some of the reports, people started seeing hummingbirds around here in the 3rd week of March, but I didn't get my first one until the first week of April. He's since moved on and I just got a new one last week! So far I've just seen one, but fingers are crossed for more!

I'd get your feeder out there and keep the nectar fresh (replace whenever it starts to get cloudy). If you can place it near other bright flowers, they'll find it!
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I want to report that my hummingbird feeder is now in use several times as day! For those who have feeeders, in this hot weather please remember to keep it cleaned and the nectar changed often. Mine is in the sun most of the day so I clean and refill it every two days.
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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in this hot weather please remember to keep it cleaned and the nectar changed often. Mine is in the sun most of the day so I clean and refill it every two days.
If you don't do this regularly, you can make the little guys sick or even kill them ... bacteria love sugar-water, too.
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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Noticed traffic around our feeder today as well. Looked to be about 6 birds trying to figure out a pecking order. Lots of dive bombing going on. The little devils are are fearless and surprisingly curious. Nothing quite compares to having a flying needle hovering 6 inches off your nose tip.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:36 PM
 
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I have just put my feeders out today and maybe a little later than I should have. You sort of collect hummingbirds. They come back to my place year after year. When I first started feeding them I didn't have many. Last year there was not much time that went by that a hummingbird was not near my 3 feeders. So fun to see them. They aren't scared of you and hearing them whiz by is fabulous. Worth the little bit of extra work in maintaining the feeders.
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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I put out 2 feeders this year, but not a thing except a dead ant that got in to one. Has anyone seen any hummingbirds flying around, or at their feeders? I changed out the nectar, but just keep throwing it out. Wondering if they have been sited around yet. I know my friends up in NC near Brevard have them there already.
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Old 05-10-2016, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Gray Court, SC
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Saw mine last week and haven't seen them since.
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