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WE HAVE HUMMERS!!!
#84486 February 28th, 2007 at 02:19 AM
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The FIRST Ruby-Throated Hummingbird of 2007 was reported yesterday near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This year it is two days before last year's first sighting and in the same area. Do I sense a trend here?

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#84487 February 28th, 2007 at 02:49 AM
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I have been counting the days! grinnnn

Mine always get here on April 15th.
That's weird how they always come on the same day..... nutz

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#84488 February 28th, 2007 at 03:24 AM
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I got a hummingbird feeder two weeks ago, and so far only one hummer comes, but then it's been raining alot.
The tube is red. I wish more companies would make red feeders so that people wouldn't add red food coloring.
One time a hummer was on my lavendar penta plant for a few minutes, which was on the patio table, and was sitting still. I had never seen one so close and stay still for so long.
It was so cute, and looked rather like a tiny penguin, standing up the way it was. It was fun to sit quietly and to see a hummer so close and for once, sitting still.

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#84489 February 28th, 2007 at 04:46 AM
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Thorny, do you have the link to the hummingbird arrival map that we all drooled over last year! I'd love to have it in this post. I can't WAIT to have those little guys back again!

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#84491 February 28th, 2007 at 04:52 AM
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You mean this one right here, only six topics below this one???? laugh laugh

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#84492 February 28th, 2007 at 04:52 AM
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laugh laugh laugh muggs

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#84493 February 28th, 2007 at 04:53 AM
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laugh shocked laugh wink thumbup Yep, I guess it would be that one! laugh

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#84494 February 28th, 2007 at 04:54 AM
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I guess all the posts in this one should've been in the other one! laugh laugh laugh

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#84495 February 28th, 2007 at 05:33 AM
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I was thinking the same thing, Loz!

It's THORNY'S FAULT!!!!!! crit

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#84496 February 28th, 2007 at 05:55 AM
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AWESOME!!!

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#84497 February 28th, 2007 at 07:01 AM
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Blame Thorny! Well nobody was looking at the other post so I started a new one!

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#84498 February 28th, 2007 at 07:07 AM
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Deborah, you don't have the Ruby-Throated hummers in Cali.,but you have at least four or five different species, maybe more. The ONLY Hummer species we have EAST of the Mississippi River is the Ruby-Throated, except for an occasional straggler Rufous or Annas Hummer in Winter. AND hummers DO sit still, sometimes for VERY long periods to conserve energy due to their HIGH metabolism. I have watched one stay utterly motionless on a tree branch for 30 minutes at a time.

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#84499 February 28th, 2007 at 10:42 AM
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Oh, I can't wait for my hummers to get here. smile They are such a joy to watch and now I've got another new feeder to put out this year. smile I bought it when they were closing them out this past fall and I got it real cheap since it was 50% off! thumbup wink wink

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#84500 February 28th, 2007 at 01:52 PM
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I cant wait to see them here....its still far too cold but soon thumbup thumbup

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#84501 February 28th, 2007 at 01:55 PM
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Penny, look for them the first to middle of April in YOUR area.

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#84502 February 28th, 2007 at 07:34 PM
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Thorny, the one I have coming to the feeder also comes at sunset and drinks for a long time.
I thought maybe it's fueling up for the night?

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#84503 February 28th, 2007 at 07:37 PM
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I believe they do fuel up for the night to keep themselves warm. Duh

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#84504 March 1st, 2007 at 05:09 AM
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I live in the St. Louis area and I thought mine started coming around the first of April last year, but I can't really be sure. Duh Anytime they want to come is fine with me. wink I can't wait! smile

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#84505 March 1st, 2007 at 05:18 PM
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Thanks Thorny.....I'll do that, cant wait to see them back at their feeder!!!!

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#84506 March 1st, 2007 at 05:51 PM
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Hummers do fill up for the night to have enough food to sleep on, and tank up again at first light. Just before migrations across the Gulf of Mexico, Hummers glut themselves to the point of Hummingbird super-massive obesity in order to cross the Gulf of Mexico non-stop in less than 24 hours. A few DON'T make it, but MOST do. As soon as they arrive on whichever shore, they desperately look for a food source to replenish their exhausted reserves.

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#84507 March 2nd, 2007 at 07:44 PM
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There's been 2 more sightings, both in Florida! I still have about 5 weeks to go before they show up here.

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#84508 March 2nd, 2007 at 09:53 PM
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That is very typical this time of year.

I JUST bought 2 new hummer feeders at Big Lots an hour ago for $2.00 a piece. They have a teardrop reservoir and hold about a quart each. I will get them up in about a month.

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#84509 March 3rd, 2007 at 01:42 AM
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Ohhh, Thorny, we have a Big Lots here, so maybe I need to check these out. wink I haven't been there yet this year to see what they've gotten in for spring. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: frown I always find a lot a great gardening and birding supplies there. thumbup

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#84510 March 3rd, 2007 at 03:28 PM
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i bought one of those big lots feeders last year
and while im not knocking thier usefullness,there
is one thing ill mention.
i have downy woodpeckers all over the place here.
they have taken to feeding at my hummingbird feeders. they totally wrecked the one i got at biglots. i guess thier larger size may have been the root of it.(xtra weight on the perches?)

and patches,im right across the river from you and i usually see my first hummers the first week of may,they may be here earlier but this is when i see em!

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