Hummingbirds are arriving!

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  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    I may be a bit optimistic, since we have had only one so far, but there is hope! We usually have hummingbirds earlier than this, but this year has been strange, to say the least.
    We had a hummer come to the snapdragons on the patio, so I hurried up and brewed some nectar and got the feeders out. I hope he brings all his friends and relatives!
     
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    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    I have a couple fighting right now over the two feeders. Why can't they just each take a feeder and be happy? :smt094
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Oh how I wish I could say that I'd seen a hummingbird in my garden. I hope you'll soon get lots more and, maybe, you could take some photographs for me (sorry US:smt053) as I've only ever seen them in real life once. Sadly they were in a large glass enclosure in a zoo which just isn't the same as seeing them in the wild.:sulk:
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    That's great, I love those little guys! I don't usually see mine back until the Lilac's bloom, mid to late May.
     



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    Ms kitty 01 In Flower

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    Ei haven't seen any here yet. I'm going to fill the feeder soon. Hopefully they will come.
     
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    Kildale Nature's Window

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    We have the Anna's the year round and the Rufous from March. This feeder is hung from the eaves so it is only three feet away. They go through a lot of sugar. three hummers.jpg
     
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    Eileen, this is for you. With luck we'll get more and better hummingbird photos for posting.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Thank you Jane and Kildale. I've watched TV documentaries about Hummingbirds and am amazed at just how small they are their nests are and by how they manage to survive against all odds.
     
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    Kildale Nature's Window

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    Here you go Eileen, a couple of babies.

    001annas nest.jpg
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Kildale you never let me down. :D Aren't those youngsters just the most adorable babies you've ever seen?
    The nest is an amazing creation. It looks as though it's made up of lichens and bound together with what appears to be spider silk. It must have been quite difficult to find as I know they are very small and, presumably, well hidden. Many thanks for sharing your photograph with me.
     
  12. Sherry8

    Sherry8 I Love Birds!

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    Great pictures...I hang our hummingbird feeder under the roof line too, overhanging my living room. A nice close up so we can enjoy them when we are relaxing in our recliners....Ours will be here in about a month, usually the Orioles are close to the same time. We get the Ruby throated hummingbirds.
     

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