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beaner 04-28-2017 02:39 PM

2017 Hummingbirds
 
Hummingbird season really snuck up in me this year! I'm putting out my feeders today, a bit later than usual. Any sightings yet?

Diana 04-28-2017 02:47 PM

Hummingbirds.net click the migration map on the left sidebar. UConn extension also says they are here in CT but I have had my feeders out all week and have not seen any yet.

jacka82942 04-29-2017 05:13 AM

none yet
 
feeder out for a week

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hilltopper 05-04-2017 06:39 AM

5/3/17
 
Saw the first hummingbird of the year on one of our feeders yesterday evening. It was a male. Not sure if it was a quick pit stop as he continues north or if he's one of the "locals".

Nagigator 05-06-2017 04:04 PM

nothing yet
 
No sighting here in North Central Mass. Feeder has been out all week.

upthesaukee 05-08-2017 12:59 PM

This morning, we saw a hummingbird flying around our azalea bush in our front yard. Made up some sugar water for them, cleaned the feeder really well, and took the chilled water, put it in the feeder, and less than two hours later, two different hummingbirds have come to the feeder.
We have been feeding them for over 20 years, and they show up about Mother's Day, give or take a week. Unbelievably consistent.
PS. They leave right around Labor Day.

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Barney Bear 05-08-2017 06:12 PM

They're Back
 
Put our hummingbird feeder out yesterday when we opened our cottage on East Bear Island this weekend. Today, a thirsty hummer showed up and sipped our homemade brew of one cup of white sugar and four cups of water. We store the delicious concoction in our refrigerator until ready for use. As yet, there are no blooms available to our tiny guests. 🐻

donnamatrix 05-09-2017 10:17 AM

bad recipe for hummers
 
It should be 1/4 cup sugar, to one cup water

Barney Bear 05-09-2017 11:27 AM

Sweet Tweet
 
For over thirty years our hummers have never complained......they always leave satisfied, with a smile on their beaks. 😋

thebix 05-09-2017 11:50 AM

Recipe
 
I also use the recipe ratio that Donna and Barney mention.

4 parts of water to one part of sugar.

I make one cup at a time, as Donna say, 1/4 cup sugar to one cup water.
Barney just makes 4 times as much, but the same recipe portions,

Orion 05-10-2017 05:53 AM

sugar
 
Isn't that bad for their teeth?;)

The rocket surgeons in the MA legislature want to tax sugary drinks.:eek:

TCC 05-10-2017 07:11 AM

Idle curiosity
 
I read somewhere that flower nectar contains three sugars - sucrose (cane sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), and glucose (dextrose) - generally in a ratio of about 2:1:1. As it happens, that's about the same ratio found in molasses. (Table sugar is pure sucrose).

I wonder if anyone has tried a molasses-based solution in their hummingbird feeder and, if so, if it seems to make any difference to the birds.

wifi 05-10-2017 07:11 PM

My teeth have melted away, thinking of this :)

Merrymeeting 05-11-2017 06:09 AM

My feeders had visitors all day yesterday. They are definitely in the area. And I use the 4-1 water/sugar mix too.

hilltopper 05-17-2017 07:12 AM

Saw my first female yesterday afternoon...

Hillcountry 05-18-2017 09:15 AM

1st hummingbird seen this morning...prompted these "lazy" birders to hurry to the basement to retrieve the feeders and brew a sugar water concoction for the tiny travelers...all set now!

noreast 05-18-2017 02:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by donnamatrix (Post 278378)
It should be 1/4 cup sugar, to one cup water

I'm sure I'm not the 1st to notice, But
that's the exact same mixture That Barney Bear used, but he made 4 cups, you made 1.

dayvsea 05-18-2017 08:25 PM

I like to richen it up with small batches of 3-1 at first and at last. Then back off to 5-1 during the season..I just fill the feeder like a fifth of the way, it can go bad, important to keep it clean..keep the rest in the fridge..You don't need the food coloring, if the feeder is colored...

indian 05-20-2017 11:59 AM

Does the hummingbird mixture attract bears?


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Greene's Basin Girl 05-20-2017 12:04 PM

Hummingbird feeders can attract bears. Once in a while a bear will take one of mine down. I do not find it a common problem.

Woody38 05-20-2017 12:08 PM

First Hummingbird
 
At least the first I noticed.
I put a feeder out yesterday on the kitchen window and had a visitor for breakfast. One came down to thank me this morning as I was watering the lawn near that feeder.
We have several feeders in the yard in California and these birds will come up right in front on you and hover about 3 feet away. Cool.

I am a retired workaholic and continuing aquaholic.

hilltopper 05-09-2018 08:25 AM

5/6/18
 
No 2018 thread going so I will add to this one. Our first hummingbird was seen on Sunday morning, May the 6th.

noreast 05-09-2018 09:17 AM

Has anyone seen the hats with the Hummingbird feeders built on? I don't know how to post stuff but I've seen some good pictures.

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Hillcountry 05-09-2018 04:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hilltopper (Post 294390)
No 2018 thread going so I will add to this one. Our first hummingbird was seen on Sunday morning, May the 6th.

Yup...saw our first yesterday, one day after I hung the feeders!

Woody38 05-09-2018 05:02 PM

Caught asleep at the switch. I am going to put the feeders out ASAP.

Hopefully I found a solution for those pesky squirrels. Found at Costco,
a Bonide product for all kinds of animals. Sure smells like garlic to me. So far the chipmunk has disappeared.

jeffk 05-09-2018 09:08 PM

Saw our first in Center Harbor at the feeder yesterday 5/8. He was back again today.

MV1 05-11-2018 02:22 PM

Had two today as I was hanging out the feeders in Meredith>>>almost landed on my head

jeffk 05-11-2018 03:21 PM

Just saw a female at the feeder for the first time. Have seen the male a few times.

beaner 05-12-2018 11:05 AM

First sighting of the season this morning....a very hungry male!

Barney Bear 05-14-2018 11:15 AM

Welcome Back, Madam!
 
Hung our hummingbird feeder out on May 7th. Saw our first female "hummer" this morning at our cottage on East Bear Island. 🐻

Merrymeeting 05-14-2018 06:47 PM

Put up my feeders for the first time today. No exaggeration, first bird was at the feeder before I had walked 10 feet away.

upthesaukee 05-14-2018 09:55 PM

Sometimes they appear before the feeders go up
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Merrymeeting (Post 294677)
Put up my feeders for the first time today. No exaggeration, first bird was at the feeder before I had walked 10 feet away.

I have been tardy putting out the feeders, at least by hummingbird standards, only to look out where the feeders would be, and see a hummingbird flitting back and forth, seeking food. It would fly away, and come back again.

I would mix up their food, and get it out as soon as possible, of course with any apology for being late.

Dave


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