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Old 03-23-2012, 10:40 AM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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So last summer I managed to hang my hummingbird feeders high enough that they remained "bear-free" and unscathed all summer.

Just wondering when those of you who put feeders out, do so.

Last year, I didn't put mine out (because of bears the year before), and then in June the little buggers came looking (because I had feeders out the year before, I guess). So I put out the feeders and was entertained all summer because I hung them higher (see above).

Anyway, just wondering when everyone else puts their feeders out.

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Old 03-23-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I suspect it's early, yet, but I'm no expert.

I'd call either Starsmore Discovery Center or, believe it or not, the Cog Railway, and ask them when they start putting up the feeders. Both attract hundreds of hummers.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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I wait until I start hearing them buzzing around looking for it. Have not heard they yet this year.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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I have my cute glass hot-air balloon feeder filled & ready, suspended on a nice cast iron arm (with a humming bird decor) by my sunroom & deck... waiting for them to return.

Will be looking to buy a second cool looking feeder.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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I agree, call the Starsmore Discovery Center and ask them when they put theirs out: (719) 578-6146. This website has lots of good info: http://www.frontrangeliving.com/outdoors/Hummingbirds.htm
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:14 PM
 
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Bird migrations begin in earnest in April. I'd say May.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:43 PM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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Thanks everyone ... a few days ago I could have sworn I heard a hummingbird, but then thought no, it's way too early (and cold) for them to be around.

@hueyeats - lets hope the hummers hit before the food gets bad!
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:42 PM
 
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Well there can always be a few pioneering birds that don't do what the rest do, but traditionally in Colorado -- Migrants arrive in late April and depart in early September. Most common species are Broad-tailed, Rufous, and Black-chinned. If you check migration maps, they're not here yet, at least in terms of reported sightings: http://www.birdfeeders.com/advice/bi...bird-migration
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:21 AM
 
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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In Divide, it's almost like clockwork that the Broad-tailed arrive about April 25th, so I've usually hung the feeder by April 20th. Rufous don't arrive until mid-June and only stay until mid-August. The Broad-tailed are generally gone by late September, but it seems there is always one girl who refuses to leave until October, so we leave the feeder out for her. We don't get Black-chinned in Divide.

I have already had a few Broad-tailed at my feeders here in AZ creating hummingbird wars (Anna's and Broad-billed are residents), so they are on their way.
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:45 AM
 
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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Hummingbird Migration. Hummingbird Migration Map 2012.

Scroll down to the map and you can see where the birds are so far this Spring. Click on the map and "pins" and read the descriptions of the hummers listed. This site is a tad tricky, but you can also add your own sightings, as well. It's an interesting site if you're tracking the hummers, and gives you an idea where they are. The push pins change color with the months. March is yellow, when they oficially start tracking migration. They don't chart the ones that are year round residents.
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