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Old 05-30-2008, 08:31 AM
 
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Thinking of buying a hummingbird feeder to hang on the back patio for the kids to watch... but I don't recall seeing a single hummingbird in the 13 months we've lived here.
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:07 AM
 
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We've got half a dozen zooming around on a daily basis, and had them all summer last year as well. If you put one out one they will eventually find you.

Lots of colorful flowers on the patio will help attract them as well (lilies, gerbera daisies, hibiscus plant/vine).
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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Thinking of buying a hummingbird feeder to hang on the back patio for the kids to watch... but I don't recall seeing a single hummingbird in the 13 months we've lived here.
Perhaps that's because you don't have a hummingbird feeder.

Yes, there are hummingbirds in this area. In my experience, they tend to return to old feeders that they used in years past, so you may not attract too many during your first summer, but you'll get more in time. Also, I would suggest that you hang more than one feeder, preferably around the corner from one another. Some male hummingbirds can be quite territorial so the more options you give them, the happier they will be.
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:23 AM
 
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Smile I prefer my Hummer pint-sized!

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Perhaps that's because you don't have a hummingbird feeder.
LOL!

We have three hummingbird feeders and the little guys have always provided my family with great entertainment! They are very territorial and have little battles just feet from us! We sit on the back porch and watch them - they are not the least bit afraid of us. We have found them to be truly Summer birds. They are present from about Memorial Day through Labor Day - almost to the day - then they pack up their bags and head South.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:19 AM
 
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I had alot of hummingbirds at my $5.99 feeder for years
until the neighbor behind me put out a ritzy-ditzy,high end,
fancy feeder!! So.. I went out and found one even neater...

We also had "yummiest bird food" wars!!

It was fun to get the kids to spy to see
what the other was feeding!!
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:25 AM
 
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I was a little late getting our feeder ready so a little hummer came up to my office window just a flittering asking where I was hiding his usual summertime fare. A hummingbird feeder is a must have!
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I've seen one everyday this week! They love the fuschias and petunias!
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Wow, I've seen tons, just this week!

Put up a feeder, and they'll find you. BTW, just sugar water is fine, you don't need special "food" and you don't even need the red food coloring.
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:36 PM
 
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NC State has a good collection of info if you're interested in reading more :

Gardening Note #23 Hummingbird Home Page (http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/cumberland/hotline/gardenincumb/gardennote23.html - broken link)
Attracting Birds
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:08 PM
 
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Perhaps that's because you don't have a hummingbird feeder.
Hardy har har. I'm workin' on it!

I just bought a couple of simple feeders. One hanging feeder, one window feeder with fakey flowers on it. We'll see which one they like best and hopefully we can get some friends for the summer.

Thanks everyone for the input!
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