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Summit08-Apr-05 12:07 AM EST
Serena East Coast08-Apr-05 03:44 PM EST 5a   
Rocks11-Apr-05 02:07 PM EST 6b   
Summit60011-Apr-05 05:00 PM EST   
Marg12-Apr-05 05:58 AM EST   
Patricia30-Apr-05 02:05 PM EST 5   
Dan01-May-05 07:06 PM EST   
sind03-May-05 01:50 PM EST 2b   
Cat03-May-05 03:44 PM EST   
Summit60004-May-05 08:52 PM EST 3a   
Ann13-May-05 04:53 PM EST 5   

Subject: Hummingbirds
From: Summit
Date: 08-Apr-05 12:07 AM EST

Does Anyone Have Any Tricks To Lure Hummingbirds To The Feeder.Edmonton Alberta Area. Thanks For Any Help.

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: Serena East Coast
Zone: 5a
Date: 08-Apr-05 03:44 PM EST

I guess it's the red tint of the hummingbird liquid that attracts them. As far as plants go...anything with a tubular flower will attact hummingbirds- they love my Beauty Bush! Good Luck.

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 11-Apr-05 02:07 PM EST

Please don't tint the liquid in your hummingbird can make them sick! I use a 4 to 1 ratio of water to sugar, and don't colour the water at all, and they still come to the feeder. They do love the colour red, but you can achieve that by using a feeder that has a red reservoir. I have one that is clear with a red base and yellow flowers, and also one that has a red bottle and red base. They use both equally. What will initially attract them to your yard is the flowers, mostly red and yes tubular. I place my feeders under a tree so that the feeder stays relatively cool during the hot summers. You can get more information here: They have lots of information there, as well as a northward migration map for the ruby throated hummingbird that is updated daily. Good luck and hope you have lots of hummers visit!

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: Summit600
Date: 11-Apr-05 05:00 PM EST

Thank-you for the information. I Just Picked up an all red feeder.I will check out the site. sounds very intresting. Thanks Again

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: Marg
Date: 12-Apr-05 05:58 AM EST

I have been trying to attract hummingbirds for the past few years. I always had one pair but I thought if I planted more red flowers more birds would come. Never did get more than the one pair but last year I planted Maltese Cross and Malva and both plants were frequently visited by the hummers. I also have a 'Summer Skies' (light blur) Delphinium that they seem to like. I have also read from others that pansies and impatiens attract them. Marg

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: Patricia (
Zone: 5
Date: 30-Apr-05 02:05 PM EST

Hummingbirds are very territorial! A pair will adopt a feeder as "theirs" and drive away all others. In the spring, you may be treated to the mating flight of the male: that's where he does a huge swirl in the air back and forth to impress his mate. If you have a pair nesting near you, you may not see them much during late June and July... they just seem to vanish while looking after their babies...Keep replenishing your feeder, changing everything and washing the feeder at the very least once per week. Then in August, the parents as well as the young ones will return to the feeder. The parents start driving the babies away from the feeder. We sit at our patio and some days, it's like having our very own Snowbirds team - they swoop and dive and chase each other all over the yard! They ignore humans sitting nearby completely! One morning, I sat eating cereal on the patio and had a red milk pitcher near me: a hummer nearly flew into the bowl! One crashed into a window and I picked it up and fed it a bit of sugar water using an eyedropper: after about 30 minutes in my hand, it suddenly sat up, tried its wings, then flew away! Now I have black "bird" outlines made of plastic pasted to the windows, the birds seem to avoid the glass because of this. They are great fun - and like most flowers that are tube shaped, whether red or not.

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: Dan (
Date: 01-May-05 07:06 PM EST

AS hummingbirds fly through an area they scout out likely food sources. If they find an abundant supply they will set up shop. One of the earliest blooming plants that coincides with their migrations is the columbine, Aquilegia canadense. Make sure that this is included in your flower gardens, along with other plants such as petunias, honeysuckles, trumpet vines etc that they thrive on. By all means set up a feeder near your front porch where you might sit of an evening. These birds will easily be accustomed to your presence and will approach a feeder even if you're sitting in a rocker only a few feet from them.

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: sind
Zone: 2b
Date: 03-May-05 01:50 PM EST

I have a white trumpet vine I dug up at a nearby river bank that has spread to cover my porch. Hummingbirds love the white trumpet shaped flowers that open and close morning/ evening, the vine lasts pretty much all summer from june until late fall.

I also place a small hummingbird feeder in the vine area to give them some food during spring.

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: Cat
Date: 03-May-05 03:44 PM EST

I planted a red variety of Bee Balm called Jacob Cline, both at home and at the daycare where I work. This attracts hummers daily to our gardens. They mostly come in the late afternoon or early evening.

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: Summit600
Zone: 3a
Date: 04-May-05 08:52 PM EST

Wow Patricia, That Is Quite The Experience. If I could Only Attract One hummimgbird, I Would be very happy. Thanks Everyone About the plant tips.

Subject: RE: Hummingbirds
From: Ann
Zone: 5
Date: 13-May-05 04:53 PM EST

Good luck !!! It took us about 4 years to build up our Hummer population but now they come back every year and if the feeder is not up, they hover at the window giving us a big hint !!

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