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Jul 19, 2014 17:58 |  #1

I have TWO feeders out and I know they are here but they won't come...One has sugar water in it and the other a store bought nectar....What do I do?


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Jul 19, 2014 18:41 |  #2

I have 2 feeders out also. This time of year the competition is fierce for hummers. If your neighbors have lots of flowers or (like me) there's several thousand acres of wildflowers nearby, we don't stand a chance. Around here the hummers start to migrate once the wildflowers have gone (in another month) then I'll have a bunch of them by my feeders until the end of August.


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Jul 19, 2014 18:56 |  #3

that's the thing none of my neighbors seem to have many flowers or feeders so I don't know whats up...


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Jul 19, 2014 19:26 |  #4

If there's not much in the area for them to feed on.....maybe they just aren't around in any numbers??


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Jul 19, 2014 19:53 |  #5

Don't give up yet. When they are migrating south they need food and they lose their fear. Here's a pic from years ago (with a cheap digital cam) showing them losing their fear and sitting on my wife's hands while feeding. My oldest son holds the record BTW (no pic though) for 8 hummers on his hands at one time.

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Jul 21, 2014 13:51 |  #6

I hope this happens^ I would LOVE it.


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Jul 28, 2014 07:34 |  #7

I agree with Mel-S. Once they start migrating they will probably go after your nectar feeders. There will be far less wild flowers around at that time.


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Jul 28, 2014 17:23 |  #8

Hummingbirds are also large consumers of insects (of course they'll feed on flowers while they're blooming). Insects provide more energy and in a smaller package than sugar water. Considering that the summer months are some of the buggiest in the year, you will probably see your first wave of hummers if you get a cold spell that makes the insects lie low.

You also will want to just make your own sugar water, they have no preference, so it's much cheaper. You also don't need to add food coloring, they'll find it just fine without.


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Jul 28, 2014 17:25 |  #9

Mel-S wrote in post #17042682 (external link)
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I recognize that! Speedways :)
Trout or salmon fry?


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Jul 28, 2014 17:45 |  #10

Evan wrote in post #17062308 (external link)
Hummingbirds are also large consumers of insects (of course they'll feed on flowers while they're blooming). Insects provide more energy and in a smaller package than sugar water. Considering that the summer months are some of the buggiest in the year, you will probably see your first wave of hummers if you get a cold spell that makes the insects lie low.

You also will want to just make your own sugar water, they have no preference, so it's much cheaper. You also don't need to add food coloring, they'll find it just fine without.

To add to this, they should also be feeding young right now so the insect consumption is probably higher than normal.

This pic was taken at about 2 weeks after hatching.

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Jul 28, 2014 19:17 |  #11

Yeah I have a LOT of flies/bees/bugs at my house because of the amount of flowers and my pear tree dropping pears right now.


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Jul 28, 2014 19:43 |  #12

Evan wrote in post #17062313 (external link)
I recognize that! Speedways :)
Trout or salmon fry?

We call them raceways. Trout. I'm retired now.


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