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Steve Mills

Our first traveling Hummingbird of the season

Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 1:23 PM
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  • On the 1st of April I happened to see a " Hummer " map posted to FB indicating that the transient hummers were approaching our area. It took me until the 3rd to get the fresh sugar water into the cleaned feeder and hung outside........ Within a few hours, however, I was standing at the kitchen window and saw a beautiful Ruby Throated Hummingbird drinking......I have never had the feeder out early enough to entice the travelers so I was very surprised how quickly one found it...... What a great surprise ! Their reward is that when I was at Lowe's the other day I bought another.........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Apr 8, 2015, at 5:13 PM
  • Fantastic !!!! I have had my feeder out as well, but now I find myself away most Of the day so I haven't seen anyone arriving... Fresh sugar water is cooling at this very moment !!!! Have a great evening all

    -- Posted by haybar on Wed, Apr 8, 2015, at 6:47 PM
  • Great photos too !!!!

    -- Posted by haybar on Wed, Apr 8, 2015, at 6:48 PM
  • Thanks. I had been ignoring a 210mm telephoto that does not play nice with the base camera but a few days ago I took some time to find out what it could do consistently.

    For some reason it only works fully extended on a few automatic settings. I wanted to try to stop the wings entirely but the lens does not work in any custom modes.

    I guess the little ones have been here a few days but today was my first sighting. Palindrome, yours was about six days ago?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 8, 2015, at 8:47 PM
  • How cool.....I've been so focused on the garden......I'll get mine filled now.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Apr 9, 2015, at 2:36 PM
  • Yes, on the 3rd of April....... Have been working so I haven't noticed if there have been any more. Will watch tomorrow....... Will also check the Hummer map again........

    BTW....Sugar water does not have to be heated.....Just stir and fill......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Apr 9, 2015, at 5:39 PM
  • I thought it had to boil off impurities ? I actually seen a little fella this eve !!!!

    -- Posted by haybar on Thu, Apr 9, 2015, at 7:51 PM
  • I use filtered water but still warm it to make it easier for the sugar to dissolve, at least for me. I use the microwave so I hope that does not do something extra to it.

    I use hot water and bleach when cleaning the feeder.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 9, 2015, at 8:04 PM
  • I'll get mine out tomorrow. I have the same feeders as you Steve. Love them. So easy to clean with a baby bottle brush.

    -- Posted by Equinepro on Sat, Apr 11, 2015, at 9:54 PM
  • Good point equinepro. These have seen a few seasons and probably because I can maintain them without too much fuss.

    Some look soooo beautiful but when you look at what it will take to keep them clean....

    I find that they stay longer with a perch but has anyone found one that they feel the design helps the hummer better?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 12, 2015, at 7:19 AM
  • By the way, this guy has company now. At least two buzzing, and it probably is no longer the original one. He is somewhere further North.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 12, 2015, at 7:21 AM
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