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Hummers


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From:Date:Zone:
marg08-May-03 02:51 PM EST 5b   
Rocks09-May-03 07:22 AM EST 6b   
marg09-May-03 10:34 AM EST   
Rocks09-May-03 08:09 PM EST 6b   
12-May-03 11:54 AM EST 5a   
JoanneS12-May-03 12:43 PM EST 3a   
13-May-03 11:42 AM EST 5   
S Lee13-May-03 02:23 PM EST 5a   
Rocks13-May-03 10:08 PM EST 6b   
Linda15-May-03 02:26 PM EST 5   
Vera16-May-03 06:53 PM EST 2b   
JoanneS26-May-03 12:53 PM EST 3a   


Subject: Hummers
From: marg
Zone: 5b
Date: 08-May-03 02:51 PM EST

Yesterday I saw my first one! I saw something out of the corner of my eye and sure enough when I looked closer, it was a female ruby throat (I think thats the kind we get here). Nothing in the garden is flowering so I put out the feeders. Wasn't expecting them this early. We were both surprised. Anyone else seen one yet? marg


Subject: RE: Hummers
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 09-May-03 07:22 AM EST

Sure sign of spring isn't it? I so love the hummers! We've had 2 males visiting our feeders regularly since this past Tuesday. I was so excited to see them! Four days earlier for us than last year. I usually keep an eye on the Ruby Throated Hummingbird migration map to watch them make their migration north...that way I can make sure my feeders are out in time for them to stop by for a feed. The map is available here:

http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

It also has a great website with lots of info on hummers. Every year I plant alot of hummer-loving annuals in my containers for my deck as well as in the garden, and we love watching them thru the summer. Can't tell that they're my favourite bird, can you? :-)


Subject: RE: Hummers
From: marg
Zone:
Date: 09-May-03 10:34 AM EST

Good morning! I was just out in the greenhouse and I saw the female hummer come back. Yesterday, when I put out the feeders, I also put out some red morning glories I had started inside and were flowering. The hummer was at them. After I went back to the house, I noticed the male had also arrived. He chased the female away, bickering all the while. I didn't know that they were that noisy. Even the dog stopped to watch and see what was going on. It sure is nice to see them back. marg


Subject: RE: Hummers
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 09-May-03 08:09 PM EST

Yes, I'm glad they're back too. So far, I've only seen two males. Their ruby throats are absolutely gorgeous! What a colour! We have found that the males are only passing through here at this time of year on their way north. The females will be by here in a bit on their way north, and they come back much earlier than the males...usually mid summer till fall. After the males leave here this spring, we won't see them again until fall, on their way south.

And yes, they are very fierce and territorial. That's why you saw them bickering. Later in the summer, we usually have 2 or 3 females hanging around, and boy, do they get fighting...complaining and rolling in the sky attacking each other. We call it the 'Hummer Wars'. I once read an article in Reader's Digest about them, and they have been known to try to impale one another with their beaks! Wild eh? The only time a hummer will tolerate another near a feeder is if it's one of it's young, and then, only for a short period of time. I even had one challenge me while I was sitting on my deck last year...it spotted me, hovered right in front of me, and charged at me to see if I was a threat! I leaned back quickly, and it must have deemed me safe as it went back to feeding. That was quite an experience!

That is cool that it went for your red morning glory right away. Plant more of those! They love the colour red...even if you're wearing it they'll come by to investigate. I just went to our local garden club sale, and picked up some plants with hummers in mind: Cardinal Flower(Lobelia Cardinalis) and Lobelia Fan Deep Red. They're supposed to love those. As well, I picked up another butterfly bush. They visit the one I have regularly, and this year they'll have another to visit. They also love the Giant Red Salvia that I plant each year, both in the garden and in containers. Sorry for being so longwinded, but hummers are one of my passions. And I enjoy hearing about other's experiences with them. So thanks for sharing!


Subject: RE: Hummers
From:
Zone: 5a
Date: 12-May-03 11:54 AM EST

I can usually set my calendar by my Hummers. Every year on May 17th. Not this year! They came back yesterday. A great Mothers Day gift. This morning I heard a thump against my picture window and went out to discover a male had flown into it. I gently picked his dazed and confused body up and sat with him perched on finger for 5 minutes until he got his bearings back. What a marvelous creature! Spring is truly here.


Subject: RE: Hummers
From: JoanneS (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone: 3a
Date: 12-May-03 12:43 PM EST

I watch the hummingbird migration map very closely. Celebrations in our house when they finally crossed the border into Canada. We only get the ruby throats in my neck of the woods, but what fabulous birds.

Sounds like they are heading our way, so I better get my feeders out. That's assuming no more snow!


Subject: RE: Hummers
From:
Zone: 5
Date: 13-May-03 11:42 AM EST

I put my feeder near a gazing ball in my garden last year and they disappeared???

Do you think they were freightened by their reflection?


Subject: RE: Hummers
From: S Lee
Zone: 5a
Date: 13-May-03 02:23 PM EST

Saw my first hummer Mother's Day, what a treat. By the afternoon had my feeder back up.


Subject: RE: Hummers
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 13-May-03 10:08 PM EST

That must have been an awesome experience having one perched on your finger! Glad to hear he recovered with your help. Did you get any pictures while he was perched on your finger?

As for the gazing ball, I'd think it's possible that they didn't like the shine from it, and were threatened by it. If that happened to me, I'd probably move the feeder away from the g-ball and watched if they returned. What colour is your gazing ball?


Subject: RE: Hummers
From: Linda
Zone: 5
Date: 15-May-03 02:26 PM EST

the gazing ball is dark purple


Subject: RE: Hummers
From: Vera
Zone: 2b
Date: 16-May-03 06:53 PM EST

I'm amazed we have hummingbirds at our feeder already -first visit was May 14th. I live about 100km. west of Edmonton.


Subject: RE: Hummers
From: JoanneS (jstraayer@specialty.ab.ca)
Zone: 3a
Date: 26-May-03 12:53 PM EST

I was in the Wild Bird General Store on the weekend, and some guy in Fort Saskatchewan saw both a Ruby Throated and a Rufous the day before.


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