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Vicky Carder

Hummingbird Habitats

Posted Thursday, July 4, 2013, at 9:19 AM
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  • I thought my "regulars" had returned for the summer, but they too moved on. A few days ago another hummer showed up and so far only one, so the other must be taking in the scenery on the way up.

    As much as you love nature, I am truly sorry that you are hypersensitive to insects. My wife will get bit in an instant, but she does not have dangerous reactions, just welts.

    My brother is like you. He has to carry the epipen when he is outside. They say that things can change in a person, so I guess I need to be always vigilant, but I take so much decongestants and Benadryl type products that I rarely react more than a few minutes and then only minor welting.

    We have a lot of wild honeysuckle and a vine that we identified in our last garden club meeting, but I forgot it again. Sorry members, the memory is sometimes like a colander.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 4, 2013, at 11:38 AM
  • Vicky, a side question if I may. What birds are nesting right now? I think I know where our Hummers will nest but anything else nesting right now?

    I want to take down two large limbs of a native privet and don't see anything in there, but the last thing I want to find out "after the fact" is that I have taken down an active nest.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 4, 2013, at 5:12 PM
  • I love insects and hate that I am allergic....

    Most songbirds are in their 2nd batch of babies mode. With privet I would be really careful about cardinal nests.

    Is there any way to monitor the area for a short while to determine any activity? Often if you are present for just a few moments you will notice the parents acting up.

    Another thing to do is create movement in the bush by shaking it or rattling branches. Baby birds respond to these noices thinking they are about to be fed. You would hear baby bird noices directly associated with the movement. Baby birds over 2 days old would be audible.

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Thu, Jul 4, 2013, at 5:28 PM
  • A few weeks ago we had cardinals in there. I have watched over the past two days and not noticed anything, but will try the shaking as well. Thanks.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 5, 2013, at 6:27 AM
  • This is my first year of having a bird house. It is a cute little thing I never imagined would really have birds in it once yet alone the second little group. Their is a pair of birds that do the feeding , one is a simple brownish color and the other a wonderful dusty blue. I have no idea what they are beside a wonder to watch. The little ones are just big enough to see them peeking their little heads up to the entrance to chirp for food. This retirement thing gets more interesting all the time. ( hubby just said the house has Eastern Blue Birds in it)

    Also above our deck is a Blue Jay nest that had babies a couple weeks ago. Will they have another batch? It is so interesting to see how the birds interact with each other and to pardon the expression they have a peeking order of who eats when.

    A couple years ago we had a wonderful pair of Woodpeckers and one was injured and did not make it. The mate is still coming around to the feeders but has not gotten a new mate.

    -- Posted by jstus on Sun, Jul 14, 2013, at 10:16 AM
  • jstus:

    You are very lucky to have Eastern Bluebirds in your birdhouse.

    Most of our songbirds still have one more batch (technical name is clutch). Some birds return to their previous site while others choose to make a brand new nursery.

    I wish more people would learn the joy of bird watching. Our lives are so, so busy that we don't take the time to see the things around us.

    If you have the opportunity, I would encourage you to work on making your area a songbird habitat - I think you would really enjoy it. There is a magazine available called "Birds and Blooms". It would give you a lot of information. Take a look at their website. The best thing is there are no advertisements!


    Thank you!

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Sun, Jul 14, 2013, at 12:04 PM
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