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Dec 03, 2014 13:46 |  #6571

I don't think it matterswhich type of hummer it is, which ever adult male thinks it's the toughest will chase off the other hummers unless you have something like they had at that winery I brought Gene to last year.

I've generally had 1 guarding my front yard and another the back yard, both Anna's, I take anything else but i personally like the Rufous best for our more common hummers.




  
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Dec 03, 2014 14:27 |  #6572

PixelPusher wrote in post #17308884 (external link)
I would like to trade you Gene, this guy chases every other type away! About half the size and feisty!

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I think that guy's twin lives at my house. He too chases everyone else away. Funny that we seem to have these Rufous' in the coastal areas more, whereas Gene (who is further inland) gets the other varieties.


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Dec 03, 2014 14:28 |  #6573

I was checking on that last night and found this from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site - The feistiest hummingbird in North America. The brilliant orange male and the green-and-orange female Rufous Hummingbird are relentless attackers at flowers and feeders, going after (if not always defeating) even the large hummingbirds of the Southwest, which can be double their weight.

So they seem to be the bully on the block - link here. http://www.allaboutbir​ds.org/guide/rufous_hu​mmingbird/id (external link)


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Dec 03, 2014 14:37 |  #6574

Hopefully mine got the memo and will return as an adult and take over one of my yards.


I've only seen one of these while out at the winery where there was probably 50 hummers buzzying around.

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Dec 03, 2014 14:43 |  #6575

lovemyram4x4 wrote in post #17309046 (external link)
Hopefully mine got the memo and will return as an adult and take over one of my yards.


I've only seen one of these while out at the winery where there was probably 50 hummers buzzying around.

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Very nicely done! All this hummingbird talk makes me want to get a feeder. Do you pretty much fill it with sugar water? And how often do you have to clean it?

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Dec 03, 2014 14:56 |  #6576

rent wrote in post #17309063 (external link)
Very nicely done! All this hummingbird talk makes me want to get a feeder. Do you pretty much fill it with sugar water? And how often do you have to clean it?

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pretty much. 1 part sugar, 3 parts water? I dont remember the exact mixture, but my feeder has been filled a few times now(months), havent cleaned it yet.


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Dec 03, 2014 15:16 as a reply to  @ Charlie's post |  #6577

1 to 4 parts water.
Looks like a black chinned hummer that you got there! Very shy.


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Dec 03, 2014 15:17 |  #6578

Thanks. I have some other shots of that guy that show it's purple neck better but his location(background) was even worse.

It's 4:1 for hummers and 6:1 for Orioles. I clean mine every time I fill them, it's more important to do so if mix your own or use the store bought ones that don't add stuff that may harm the birds as neither have preservatives.




  
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Dec 03, 2014 16:05 |  #6579

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1 to 4 parts water.
Looks like a black chinned hummer that you got there! Very shy.

Yeah even at this location where there so many different hummers, the black-chinned would peak at me after every sip on the feeders while all the rest could care less about me being there. I also think there was only 1 of them, same for Rufous both times I shot them there.




  
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Dec 03, 2014 18:01 |  #6580

Cool. Thanks for the tips guys. Just ordered a feeder. :p


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Dec 03, 2014 22:06 |  #6581

Thanks for the link Robert, good reading. I'm going to get one of those feeders too.

I found this in a little sidebar down at the bottom.
"Change the water before it grows cloudy or discolored and remember that during hot weather, sugar water ferments rapidly to produce toxic alcohol."


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Dec 04, 2014 08:45 |  #6582

It was a dark and rainy December night.

This image was shot handheld. Thank goodness for the new "shake reduction" feature in CS 2014 since this was shot at 1/13th.

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Dec 04, 2014 09:44 as a reply to  @ rezcar's post |  #6583

Also for better photo opportunities, I put a dead branch right next to the feeder so that it gives a perch to hang out on. That way you don't have to shoot with the feeder in the shot and looks somewhat natural. This shot is right next to the feeder, probably two feet away.

The second shot below is in the wild. Hard to tell the difference and didn't have to hike anywhere... :-)

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Dec 04, 2014 09:52 |  #6584

Both shots are nice but I especially like the first one...maybe just because he's more colorful.


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Dec 04, 2014 10:04 |  #6585

PixelPusher wrote in post #17311164 (external link)
Also for better photo opportunities, I put a dead branch right next to the feeder so that it gives a perch to hang out on. That way you don't have to shoot with the feeder in the shot and looks somewhat natural. This shot is right next to the feeder, probably two feet away.

The second shot below is in the wild. Hard to tell the difference and didn't have to hike anywhere... :-)

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