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It's Hummingbird Time

Updated on March 7, 2008

In the Northwest

The Rufous Hummer is the one that I get every St.Patrick's Day. Faithfully they come back each year. So today I prepared my feeder's for them. Carefully cleaning them once again and making their food.

I use organic sugar 4 to 1 to begin with..They have flown a long way and need the extra supply to help give them some strength back. Then I change it to 3-1

One time a few years ago one got into my daughter's van and so I went in and rescued it...oh my it was so soft and sweet..It came back several years and I would talk to it and it would just sit there on the feeder and watch me. This was on my back deck.

Another year I was working for a couple watching their children 4 & 5 yrs. old, and they lived on 10 acres in a well treed area and on their front porch was 2 feeder's. We counted up to 35 hummer's there at several different times. These small children would go stand on a box under the feeder and put their little hands straight up by the feeder and have 3-4 hummers just sit on them.( I wish I knew how to put my photo on here.)

I talk to the birds whenever they hover around my back deck, which is dailey..then when my Hot Pokers are in bloom they stay around there for a long time. I usually have 3-5 hummers each year and then some babies..although it is difficult for me to know the babies from the mom's and dad's.

In my yard over the years I have identified over 52 birds that eat here. Has slowed down now though cause I have become less attentive and put out less of a variety of foods...just to busy and now getting too old. I had around 15 feeders and 10 down to 3 houses and 4 feeders plus my 2 hummingbird feeders. One on the front porch and one on the back porch.

Well I am sure you were all wanting to know about this hummmmm? G-Ma :o) hugs


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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      LADY G...thanks hun and I put mine out on St.Patricks Day...and they are usually here in a week or so... HAPPY EASTER...G-Ma hUGS

      MARIESUE...yes they can be very fiesty and so much fun to watch their mating routine too...They are Quick....HAPPY EASTER...G-Ma Hugs :O)

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      Hummingbirds are beautiful. I grew up near Cloudcroft, New Mexico and when we'd go up in the summer and spring, they were everywhere. While strolling around the town, or eating at a cafe, you could watch them feed from the feeders. Occasionally, they'd fight over food, though it was plentiful.

      I'm with you...they are lovely little creatures. =)))

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      Debra Allen 8 years ago from West By God

      Wow, that is alot of birds! We have the Ruby-throated Humming bird, but they don't start comming here until after April 26. I have a few more weeks to sterilize the feeders and make the food for them!

      They do know how to interact with people! If the feeders are empty they do come right in front of my face (like 6 inches) or they will knock on the windows to get my attention.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Dolores...Thanks my dear for the comment...and I too adore the little hummers...I just put mine out this year ...a bit late for me but oh well...everything seems late this year...G-Ma :O) Hugs & HAPPY EASTER

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      i just love hummingbirds - i put out a hummingbird feeder one year and it wound up an ant feeder - last year i got a feeder that did not drip, and greased the string, that kept the ants away and we had quite a few hummers, you can almost mistake them for bugs if you see them out of the corner of your eye