Hummingbirds are back!

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war hymn aggie
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Noticed them a couple of weeks ago. We have a lot of flowers on the back patio area & a couple were visiting often.

Put out a feeder today & now 4-5 of 'em are fighting it out for feeding rights.

Reminder for others to do the same.

Cheap entertainment.
Rex Racer
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I saw some in the Gardens on campus at lunch. Very cool.
maddiedou
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Yep I had about 12 for the last 4 weeks and now I got zip they all left three days ago. Give me back my hummers
EBrazosAg
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Peak migration over. Had a bimodal distribution for me. Was going through 9-12 cups of nectar a day early September and again early this week. Still 3-4 cups a day today but rapid fall off last 3 days.
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spike427
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I had some at the morning glory in my backyard a few days earlier this week! Didn't spot any today or yesterday. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for them earlier next time.
phillytex24
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How wonderful!!!!!
AG81
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All over my feeders this morning.... at least a dozen. Like a hummingbird Top Gun out there.
EBrazosAg
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Agreed - definitely a 3rd wave of birds today.
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classicdoug
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We have 5 feeders and are going through about a half gallon of nectar a day. Still swarming today.
Tumble Weed
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Saw them the last 7 days. My kids are making fun of my old man hobby.

Saw 3 at lake Somerville today as well. Angry little dudes.
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classicdoug said:

We have 5 feeders and are going through about a half gallon of nectar a day. Still swarming today.

I have a pair that my wife is making so fat with nectar, that they can't fly anymore
ZoneClubber
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Well, we're waiting. Haven't had any yet.
GenXAg
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Saw my first once since late spring/early summer this past weekend. Guess it's time to get the feeders going again.
doubledog
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Saw one pumping my empty feeder. Time for a refill.
Russell Bradleys Toupee
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Saw one hitting the trumpet vine yesterday.
Girlhowdy
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We have one or two show up everyday now for the past week. I change the juice everyday in this heat.
Tailgate88
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We've got a couple that have been coming by and hitting the feeder pretty consistently for the past couple weeks. Been changing the feed and doing 4/1 instead of 3/1 ratio to help keep them hydrated!
Girlhowdy
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Tailgate88 said:

We've got a couple that have been coming by and hitting the feeder pretty consistently for the past couple weeks. Been changing the feed and doing 4/1 instead of 3/1 ratio to help keep them hydrated!


I set out fresh water bowls for all the birds in addition to all the bird food feeders. They are popular but I've never seen a hummer there. Hopefully they are hydrated enough through the 4:1 ratio.
Tailgate88
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Never heard of that but I will put one out and see if any come to it.
BMo
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The birds will come to water before seed/feed right now. They can find seeds on the ground or bugs under the leaves of plants. I put in a water feature earlier this year and the birds get crowded there. I have never seen a hummingbird at one except at a state park but it was to drink, not get wet.



KidDoc
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Girlhowdy said:

Tailgate88 said:

We've got a couple that have been coming by and hitting the feeder pretty consistently for the past couple weeks. Been changing the feed and doing 4/1 instead of 3/1 ratio to help keep them hydrated!


I set out fresh water bowls for all the birds in addition to all the bird food feeders. They are popular but I've never seen a hummer there. Hopefully they are hydrated enough through the 4:1 ratio.
They like to drink out of my pool waterfall- it is salt based but should be safe for them judging by how many are still alive and chirping.
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MsDoubleD81
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I have about 20 swarming my backyard!
ag009
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Yep, bunch showed up last few days. West Bryan.
MsDoubleD81
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They are buzzing my dog! His head can't turn quick enough!
91_Aggie
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MsDoubleD81 said:

They are buzzing my dog! His head can't turn quick enough!

They aren't fast enough for our cat. She has already brought us one and set it on our kitchen floor
EBrazosAg
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Definitely heavy migrations starting. Also saw a Baltimore Oriole today.
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befitter
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I've got 3 feeders out and they are swarming.
Birddog
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EBrazosAg said:

Definitely heavy migrations starting. Also saw a Baltimore Oriole today.


Not sure what kind of oriole it is but I have one at the feeders also. I put out some orange slices which seem appreciated.
classicdoug
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Our hummingbirds are swarming to. We are going through a gallon and a half of nectar every day with 6 feeders. Definitely have an oriole too!

My wife uses the Merlin Bird ID app from Cornell Lab. It's an amazing app to identify birds by their sounds. Definitely worth downloading, and it's free!
MsDoubleD81
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Anyone know how long they'll hang around. They are so much fun to watch.
FlyRod
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Just put up a feeder and it was swarmed in seconds. They are hungry.
turfman80
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Just a handful here out in Steep Hollow...seems to be the ones that over summered. Even our flowering coral vine is not being visited . Im wondering if the migration pattern is going through urban areas where the vegetation is greener from more watered lawns/landscapes? Anyone out in the county having any swarms?
MsDoubleD81
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Mine started on the vitex, Turks cap and hyacinth bean, then moved on to the feeders. I have 5 feeders in a small backyard and one in front near the vitex.
war hymn aggie
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Put your feeders out folks!

Hummers are returning & they need your help because of the extreme weather conditions.

Put a feeder out this morning and had a few visitors out before noon. They are aggressively fighting for their territory,,,, unlike the A&M defense vs Miami.

Wish it was so easy to help with the trees that I see that are dying in our area or have already died.....

2011 may have to take a back step to the summer of '23

It's been a historically brutal summer.

FlyRod
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War hymn, I have Aggieland Green coming to do a deep-root treatment on my old live oaks. You might want to give them a call. Not cheap, but old trees are worth saving.
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