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Old 05-31-2008, 06:15 AM
 
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Just saw some yesterday in the birdhouse next to our leasing office.

Cute little birds.
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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We've had em for weeks now...all day everyday! We put a hummingbird feeder on a wrought iron stake just outside our breakfast window. Constant entertainment for the kids (and adults!) Love those little birds. Wild Birds Unlimited folks say that the red food dye isn't necessary or healthy for them. Just sugar water. I bought a special bottle to fill.....(fill with sugar to this line, water to this line). Makes it dummy proof AND having it in in the fridge makes it easier for me to refill.

I love when they take a seat on the feeder. Though when we are sitting on the deck it can be disconcerting as your brain is screaming "now that's a big bug" when one goes by.
Lauren
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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You could also try planting things that hummingbirds like to lick on. I thought hummingbirds were in NC year round?
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:50 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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I thought hummingbirds were in NC year round?
No, they are migratory. They feed off of little flying insects (the nectar they drink is just to get energy to hunt them). Since the insects tend to be much less active in winter, there wouldn't be enough food for the hummingbirds to make it through till Spring.
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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No, they are migratory. They feed off of little flying insects (the nectar they drink is just to get energy to hunt them). Since the insects tend to be much less active in winter, there wouldn't be enough food for the hummingbirds to make it through till Spring.
NC Hummers | NC Museum of Natural Sciences (http://www.naturalsciences.org/nchummers/index.html - broken link)

According to this site it looks like Hummers are being sighted year-round in NC?
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:52 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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NC Hummers | NC Museum of Natural Sciences (http://www.naturalsciences.org/nchummers/index.html - broken link)

According to this site it looks like Hummers are being sighted year-round in NC?
Interesting reading. I've personally haven't seen any hummers in my yard outside of mid-March through mid-October. But it sounds like some may hang out year round. Maybe I should keep my feeder up later (I usually replace it with seed balls) and see what happens.
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Old 05-31-2008, 11:01 PM
 
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I love when they take a seat on the feeder. Though when we are sitting on the deck it can be disconcerting as your brain is screaming "now that's a big bug" when one goes by.
Lauren
I can relate to the big bug Every time they get in their wars outside my door, and I'm standing there, I almost jump thinking it's one of the huge wasps trying to come in my door - then realize nope it's just a hummer! I have many pictures of a few different hummers taking a seat - many people don't realize that they actually do stop flying
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Holy crap. Are you kidding?!? The hummingbirds will come and sit right next to me I have so many of them. It does help if you are closer to woodsy areas but I have a finch feeder and a humming bird feeder... they don't compete and they don't mind you sitting next to them while they feed! Its crazy!
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Hoover, Alabama
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Default Hummingbirds came right away!

I was so inspired by everyone posting about their hummingbird feeders, I picked up a hummingbird feeder yesterday and hung it in my back yard late yesterday. (FYI, I took the easy route and purchased the hummingbird food for the feeder instead of making my own.)

Well, my daughter reported to me this evening (worked all day and had school right after work) that we have hummingbirds already! I really thought we would have to "wait" for the hummingbirds to find us.

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:14 PM
 
Location: "FV" (most can't pronounce it)
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I was so inspired by everyone posting about their hummingbird feeders, I picked up a hummingbird feeder yesterday and hung it in my back yard late yesterday. (FYI, I took the easy route and purchased the hummingbird food for the feeder instead of making my own.)

Well, my daughter reported to me this evening (worked all day and had school right after work) that we have hummingbirds already! I really thought we would have to "wait" for the hummingbirds to find us.

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

Enjoy these wonderful and entertaining creatures - I like watching them fight - they zip so fast! (I don't like the fight, just the flight!) My 4 yo son reports to me when they are out there, he watches them for a long time. I also take the easy route and purchase the food - just remember to change the food every couple of days (tops!) when the weather is real warm -- when the sugar "boils" in the sun it can be toxic to the birds. I don't put out a bunch so I don't waste it.
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