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Old 04-28-2017, 03:39 PM   #1
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Default 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?
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Old 04-28-2017, 03:47 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:13 AM   #3
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feeder out for a week
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Old 04-29-2017, 09:09 AM   #4
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:39 AM   #5
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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".
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:04 PM   #6
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No sighting here in North Central Mass. Feeder has been out all week.
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Old 05-08-2017, 01:59 PM   #7
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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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Old 05-08-2017, 07:12 PM   #8
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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. 🐻
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Old 05-09-2017, 11:17 AM   #9
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Default bad recipe for hummers

It should be 1/4 cup sugar, to one cup water
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Old 05-09-2017, 12:27 PM   #10
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For over thirty years our hummers have never complained......they always leave satisfied, with a smile on their beaks. 😋
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Old 05-09-2017, 12:50 PM   #11
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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,
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Old 05-10-2017, 06:53 AM   #12
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Isn't that bad for their teeth?

The rocket surgeons in the MA legislature want to tax sugary drinks.
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:11 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 05-10-2017, 08:11 PM   #14
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My teeth have melted away, thinking of this
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Old 05-11-2017, 07:09 AM   #15
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My feeders had visitors all day yesterday. They are definitely in the area. And I use the 4-1 water/sugar mix too.
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Old 05-17-2017, 08:12 AM   #16
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Saw my first female yesterday afternoon...
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:15 AM   #17
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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!
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:45 PM   #18
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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.
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:25 PM   #19
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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...
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Old 05-20-2017, 12:59 PM   #20
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Does the hummingbird mixture attract bears?


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Old 05-20-2017, 01:04 PM   #21
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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.
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Old 05-20-2017, 01:08 PM   #22
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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.

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