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post #1 of 26
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No, not those big enormous gas guzzlers.
Think way smaller, faster, and prettier

Give up?

These silly!












I have been waiting for these little jewels all summer! I am so glad they have finally arrived. The first few weeks there was about 3 of them. After tryingto count them last night, I think we are up to about 20!!!!!! Mostly girls, but a few young males that are starting to get their red gorget in.

The main species we have around here is the ruby throat. There are other visitors to the area, but they do not nest here. I have yet to see them either
Got any cool ones around? I'd LOVE to see them!!!!!
post #2 of 26
They're beautiful. I'm so glad you didn't mean the monstrosity of a vehicle!
post #3 of 26
Adorable... Those are excellent hummingbird pictures...

I never remember to put more hummingbird juice out.. I need too though..
post #4 of 26
Awesome pictures, I absolutely love hummingbirds!
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Catnip View Post
They're beautiful. I'm so glad you didn't mean the monstrosity of a vehicle!
Thank you!
No, I hate those things!

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Originally Posted by angelkitty View Post
Adorable... Those are excellent hummingbird pictures...

I never remember to put more hummingbird juice out.. I need too though..
Thanks
The only harm there is that they may leave your yard for a "stocked" yard
Don't forget to clean them if you do refill them. Once a month in a very dilute bleach water solution ---everytime you refill, make sure to rinse with hot water to prevent mold and bacteria from growing in them

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Awesome pictures, I absolutely love hummingbirds!
thank you!
They are certainly my favorite backyard visitors
post #6 of 26
What great pictures! Those little buggers are hard to photograph!
I love them too. I just cleaned out my feeder and provided them with fresh nectar. So far they are enjoying it!
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by Catnip View Post
They're beautiful. I'm so glad you didn't mean the monstrosity of a vehicle!

um i LIKE the trucks, and i LIKE offroading, so ya dont need to be derogertory.

the pics are great!!! my mom gets about 40-50 bird each summer, and they eat about 3-4 feeders full a day!
post #8 of 26
Awww!!! and I was hoping you were going to say hummingbirds. *grabs mind out of the gutter*
post #9 of 26
Those are great pictures. I love hummingbirds and have had feeders out for two years and no one came.
But around July I finally saw one and can now say I have a hummingbird that comes every day. I was so excited to see him the first time. I love them.
post #10 of 26
Great photos, but where I come from, a "hummer" means something else. I can't go into it on this site...
post #11 of 26
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Awww!!! and I was hoping you were going to say hummingbirds. *grabs mind out of the gutter*
For some reason, my mind was in the gutter...before i opened this thread- I think that's WHY i opened it HAAHA
post #12 of 26
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For some reason, my mind was in the gutter...before i opened this thread- I think that's WHY i opened it HAAHA
Glad I wasn't the only one

Beautiful pictures though
post #13 of 26
They're beautiful! I don't think we having humming birds this far north, or at least I've never seen any.

Amazing how they can flap their wings so fast that they can stay in one spot lie that to drink from a feeder.
post #14 of 26


Ok...those pics are AWESOME!! How did ya get such close ups???

I usually see the *hummers* at beginiing of summer/late spring. I still have my feeders out and saw a hummer out there today, but dont have food for em.

I looked today at Wal Mart and couldnt find the nectar~anywhere!!!
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Awww!!! and I was hoping you were going to say hummingbirds. *grabs mind out of the gutter*
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Originally Posted by menasmom View Post
Great photos, but where I come from, a "hummer" means something else. I can't go into it on this site...

Me too


They are cute little things!

When I was younger we had one get in the house once
It was the cutest thing!
My dad was able to get it to land on his finger and careful take it outside. (he has a way with animals )
After that every few weeks it would come back in the backdoor and visit with my dad.
He would buzz around the lampshade next to him.. His name was.... Buzz
post #16 of 26
Okay, I see we've got lots of company here in the gutter!

I love hummingbirds so much I have a hummingbird tattoo!
post #17 of 26
I love hummers! They are my favorite species out of all the bird species. I'm hoping that if I ever get my digiscope, I will be able to take some nice hummer pics next spring....
post #18 of 26
Excellent pics!

The shorter daylight hours may have them tanking up for migration south. And you may get some who have migrated from farther north.
post #19 of 26
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Thank you for the compliments

And for those of you with your mind in the gutter I've never heard that particular slang, but can pretty much guess

catloverin_kc: Dusk/dawn are the best times to see a bunch of them and get up close. They are all trying to get their fill of nectar before heading to bed.
As far as the nectar goes- the store I go to only had 1 gigantic package of the nectar stuff. I went ahead and bought since it was the last one. You can make nectar very quickly and inexpensively (<- sp?) by making a sugar water solution. Combine 1 part regular white sugar to 4 parts water Make sure to never use honey, brown sugar, sugar substitutes, jello, red food coloring or fruit in the feeder(s). These can ferment and kill the birds.
The regular sugar water or pre made mixes can harbor mold and bacteria as well. I've already said to rinse them every time you refill them with hot water- but it is also important to clean them at least once a month with a very very mild bleach solution when it is hot outside to prevent mold/bacteria. If you don't like bleach, vinegar can be used instead with both, make sure you rinse very well before refilling. Just do not use soap/detergents to clean the feeders. Hummingbirds (no I will not say hummers anymore!) apparently do not like the smell or taste of it.

Duchess15: If you get a digiscope, I will be sooooo jelous!!!!!!!
Hope you get it soon! I can't wait to see those pics!
post #20 of 26
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Duchess15: If you get a digiscope, I will be sooooo jelous!!!!!!!
Hope you get it soon! I can't wait to see those pics!
I ordered it June 26, but it's on backorder so I have to wait for Nikon to produce more. We are going to Rockport, TX next week for the Hummingbird Festival, but it looks like my scope won't be here on time.

I ordered the scope from http://www.adorama.com/NKFS82ED.html. I already have the camera that will attach. Just don't have everything else.
post #21 of 26
I live in the gutter.

I think I've only seen one hummingbird all summer, but I work nights and don't get much of a chance to. They are some amazingly, beautiful birds.
post #22 of 26
I adore hummers. We have ruby throated were I live. My parents and I have feeders. Earlier while at my mom and dads I was outside watching the hummers. Two started to fight and they flew over my head. One of em' crapped on my arm
post #23 of 26
Beautiful pics! I love them! I was downtown one day last wk. I was about to walk, I parked my car at our school administration office, I know quite a few that work there so I went in to speak to them. Suddenly, a girl came in and said something about a hummingbird. One of my friends walked over to
the door and so did I, this hummingbird had flown into the glass door and was
on the sidewalk. We went outside and discovered it was still alive. We were
both scared to pick it up, for fear we would hurt it even more. so she went in and got a sheet of paper, she then put it under the bird and got him on it, she then picked it up and brought it over to the shrubs. I left and walked and when I got back I went to check on it and it was gone. Thank goodness he
was alright!
I have seen wasps run off a hummingbird from it's feeder one time! The wasps were pigging out at the hummingbird feeder one day and then a
hummingbird flew up to feed, well those wasps got after that poor hb!
Well I went in to get the wasp spray, I swear they knew it because when I went back out there they flew off! I know they will wait on you too if you
have messed with them! It's like they never forget!
I enjoyed the pictures! Thanks for sharing!
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by Duchess15 View Post
I ordered it June 26, but it's on backorder so I have to wait for Nikon to produce more. We are going to Rockport, TX next week for the Hummingbird Festival, but it looks like my scope won't be here on time.
Fingers crossed you get it before next week! I'm really jeleous now!!!! A hummingbird festival!?!? I did'nt even know such a thing existed. How awesome! Have a wonderful time there

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Originally Posted by Liza24 View Post
my mom gets about 40-50 bird each summer, and they eat about 3-4 feeders full a day!
WOW! That is alot!
Do they share? I ask because mine are SO territorial. Each feeder has an owner, and that bird will not let anyone else feed. I see pics of hummingbirds with 5+ of them at the same feeder. I always wonder why some are sharers and some are stingy!

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Originally Posted by jean-ji View Post
Those are great pictures. I love hummingbirds and have had feeders out for two years and no one came.
But around July I finally saw one and can now say I have a hummingbird that comes every day. I was so excited to see him the first time. I love them.
Thats exactly what happened to me! The last few yeras it seems we had them early, like in may. So this year I had feeders out early and checked the migration map daily to see when they got to the area. None! all summer until august! Now I have too many lol there are at least 20 of them out there!
I want to tell you all about a wonderful plant that I think is a magnet for them. It is called a hyacinth bean vine. It was'nt until that vine finally bloomed that I saw my first hummer of the year I never even heard of the plant until this year. But if you get your hands on the seeds or a plant give it a go. They love it!

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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
They're beautiful! I don't think we having humming birds this far north, or at least I've never seen any.

Amazing how they can flap their wings so fast that they can stay in one spot lie that to drink from a feeder.
I don't know how far north they go, but I do know there are some that "summer" in Canada I'll try to see if I can find which ones and how far they go.
If you ever get one to feed from your hand, you will be amazed at the wind-force they produce! Its like a mini turbo fan

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Originally Posted by Dixie_Darlin View Post
When I was younger we had one get in the house once
It was the cutest thing!
My dad was able to get it to land on his finger and careful take it outside. (he has a way with animals )
After that every few weeks it would come back in the backdoor and visit with my dad.
He would buzz around the lampshade next to him.. His name was.... Buzz
how adorable! They are so tiny! They feel very wierd when they land on you too its like their tiny little feet are suction cups or something. When they take off, you know lol

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I love hummingbirds so much I have a hummingbird tattoo!
Cool! Pic please

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The shorter daylight hours may have them tanking up for migration south. And you may get some who have migrated from farther north.
That has got to be what is happening now. There are so many of them! All ruby throats so far, but I am planning on leaving the feeders out longer this year in hopes of seeing an Anna's, green violet eared or Rufous


By far the best time to view and get one to drink from your hand is right before the sun goes down. Go out, take down the most popular feeder and hold it still as possible in your hand. Before long, you will be up close and personal with one I wish I could get a pic of this- but sadly, I'm not that coordinated lol and no one else will come outside with me at that hour because of the mosquitos! So word of warning, if you try it- wear pants and sleeves! That is the worst possible time for bugs

I will try to get some new pics tonight when they are in their feeding frenzy. But for now, I hear my blue jay calling me for her peanuts and I don't like to keep my beauties waiting.

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post #26 of 26
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DUH!

I have videos!!!
I am so goofy sometimes totally forgot



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