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Old 04-01-2019, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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A poster in a city a bit further south has already had hummingbirds this year.

Going to put feeders out but right now we have temps at night in the twenties, so will have to bring them in....if they are in my area they're about 2-3 weeks earlier than usual...
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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A poster in a city a bit further south has already had hummingbirds this year.

Going to put feeders out but right now we have temps at night in the twenties, so will have to bring them in....if they are in my area they're about 2-3 weeks earlier than usual...



Yeah.. we've always had to put our feeders out here by March 13. That's just about when the first ones usually start showing up. If we don't have the feeders out when they return from migration, they'll go elsewhere (and we were pretty remote) so, up they'd go.

I moved this yr tho.. unfortunately, we had been cultivating a huge hummingbird population for the past 26 yrs and had many each summer. I do feel a bit bad about that but it is a lot of work keeping up with a big population.
We had one hummer winter over about 2 yrs ago. That was different. Fun. Hubby had a fresh feeder up at about 4:30 am every morning and it showed up shortly thereafter. We always left one feeder up in case one couldn't migrate for some reason. Contrary to what many think, leaving a feeder out does NOT cause a healthy hummer to avoid migrating. It's a biologic imperative. But it can help one survive if it was unable to migrate for whatever reason.



I know I've posted this before somewhere here but... this is one of our feeders at the back door. We generally had 5 or 6 - 48oz feeders up and they all stayed busy. I happened to have filmed this because hubby was out of town and wondered if I was keeping up with the feeders so I posted this for him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tao8ibrw8XA&t=43s
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Old 04-02-2019, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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That's a LOT of hummingbirds!!
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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That's a LOT of hummingbirds!!



Yes.. 'tis. And that was just 1 feeder. If you're consistent about having the feeders up in time and keeping them fresh, the same birds will return each yr, have babies and they will also return and thus the population grows. But you have to have the feeders up when they return from migration or they will quickly go elsewhere for food. Since we lived in a tiny clearing in Bankhead, I kept one cluster of bright fake flowers out in the yard to draw fly-bys in. (not enough sunlight to keep real ones alive long)
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Old Today, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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Lately I've been seeing a number of crows. I don't recall seeing so many last year. A distant tree had about 20 black specks and I wondered where all of these crows are suddenly coming from.
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