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Old 04-22-2017, 12:59 AM   #11
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You are so lucky. We had 15 cm of snow today

We do have a lot of beautiful deers who practically live in our yard, but they destroy their fair share of plants and trees every year, so it's a wash.


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Old 04-22-2017, 02:42 AM   #12
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They are surprisingly shiny. Do they sing? (I've never seen one in real life).


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Old 04-22-2017, 03:12 AM   #13
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I never know when to put my feeder up. We don't see a lot of hummingbirds but we have seen a few over the years.
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:42 AM   #14
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Hummingbird moths are fascinating. The first time I saw one was at a local nursery. I heard a whirring noise and looked at what I thought was a hummingbird. One of the nurserymen saw me and said, "That hummingbird moth has been hanging around all morning, because of all the flowers." I went home and looked it up, and it's easy to see why they're confused for hummingbirds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYLtpqkMSvU
Right! When I was looking them up last year I came across a blogpost with someone being abel to catch and pet one without problems. At least that one wasn't scared of people's at all.
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Steve, we got our first hb today! We're in western MT. It zipped fast when we weren't paying attention, so not sure what it was. We put the feeders up this eve, maybe we'll know tomorrow. But it's supposed to rain and I'm gone next week so maybe not

SaltedFig, hummingbirds don't sing. They mostly chirp, and they can also make trill noises with their tails. They're very cool to watch -- hope you get to some day! What part of the world are you in that you haven't already?
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:49 PM   #16
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SaltedFig, hummingbirds don't sing. They mostly chirp, and they can also make trill noises with their tails. They're very cool to watch -- hope you get to some day! What part of the world are you in that you haven't already?
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One day ... that would be sweet.

In Australia we have fairy wrens that zip about the place in chattery family flocks - your hummingbirds remind me a little of them (but not with the hovering - that is pretty amazing).
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I never know when to put my feeder up. We don't see a lot of hummingbirds but we have seen a few over the years.
Now would be just about right to put feeders up where you are. The migration north is on.

" Steve, we got our first hb today! We're in western MT. It zipped fast when we weren't paying attention, so not sure what it was. We put the feeders up this eve, maybe we'll know tomorrow. But it's supposed to rain and I'm gone next week so maybe not "

I would bet it's either Calliope, an Anna's or a Rufus. They are the first ones through every year. We are now starting to see the Blackchins that are the ones that stay and nest here. We also have a few Rufus that like the trees.

"They are surprisingly shiny. Do they sing? (I've never seen one in real life)."

They make several different chipping noises but no real "song". The male Blackchins do a mating "U" shaped flight and make a whistling noise near the bottom of the "U".
Male Rufus "chime" with their wings.
We often hear the little things before we see them since we now know the chipping calls they make.

We have file photos of Jan hand feeding them. I'll post a couple of them now. Black chins...


I owe you some pictures - I'll sneak the camera away from Jan today.
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Awesome photos!

The HBs don't show up here until the 15th of May (give or take a day or two). We closed on our home May 14th 2009. Since it was such a long process (4 months), and we were so excited that the house was ours, we decided to stay the night--with no electricity, running water, or furniture; just a couple of sleeping bags. Anyway, the next morning we were standing in the large living room picture window and a HB flew right up to the glass. We went out onto the porch and sure enough, there was a hook hanging in the ceiling--obviously for a feeder. We drove down to the hardware store that morning and picked out a feeder; it was the first thing we bought for the house. Every year we get to celebrate that anniversary with the HBs. They're remarkable animals, especially when you consider that our home had been empty for over 7 years. Even after all that time, they still knew to check things out!
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Hummingbirds seem quite daring for their size. Here's a story about a guy who rescue a baby hummingbird, and then had the mom come to feed it from his hand, in his office window. http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2013/...9s-hand-video/
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I've been so busy I got behind on getting my feeders out. On Sunday I went out in the front yard to start a sprinkler and got buzzed by a hummer. I was being disciplined for my slack behavior. I went right in and mixed up an 8 cup batch. Got it cooled and had 6 feeders up and full in no time. I barely got back in the house before I heard my husband yelling from the kitchen that we already had 2 hummers at the feeders.


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