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EllenW 09-20-2013 11:27 AM

I'm seeing hummers at the feeder this morning

linrose 09-20-2013 12:26 PM

Perhaps your hummers are migrants ellenwright. I think I mistakenly identified our cute little hummingbird on the candelabra as a female. Now I think it is a juvenile male due to the brown streaking and dot on the throat. The juveniles are the last to leave in the fall. I haven't seen adult males for about a week now. I'm not sure if the adult females have left yet, it's hard to tell them apart from the juveniles unless they sit still for a second or two.

I need to up the sugar content in the feeder. 2:1 or even 1:1 water to sugar ratio will give the migrants the energy they need to continue their journey.

You can report your sightings here.
Hummingbird Migration News: Fall 2013

recurve 09-20-2013 01:43 PM

I've still got quite a few young hummers visiting my feeders as well. Thanks for the tip on the sugar ratio we are supposed to get a temperature drop this weekend.

linrose 09-20-2013 02:33 PM

I just identified an adult female so I'll keep watching. Temp drop? Yay! (for me anyway, I'm tired of the heat of summer) I see low 70s day and high 40s lows for us this weekend. Can't wait to open those windows again!

EllenW 09-20-2013 09:21 PM

Yes it is probably migraters I am seeing. I am enjoying the cooler temperatures also. I love having the windows open. And its been about a week since I have smelled any smoke.

havalotta 09-22-2013 07:21 AM

Saw one yesterday visiting the sunflowers I had planted from booboo. It then perched in wait for a bee to leave before moving in to another blossom. I never knew they visited sunflowers.

Equilibrium 09-23-2013 02:03 PM

Happiness is….. reading this, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3869259.html. The 1st thing that popped into my mind was turttle sending 4B that fancy i thingie phone out of the blue and then thoughts of the gourds I got from biig a few years ago crossed my mind too. I especially loved how the person who “committed” the random act of kindness told the owner of the car to just pass on the karma. There’s a slide show of other random acts of kindness that’ll tear ya up that reminded me of so many things going on here….. it gave me warm fuzzies so I’m posting it so everyone can have warm fuzzies!!!
I've seen a few hummers whizzing by so the migration is well underway. Something I did see that sorta left me thinking of this thread were hummingbird moths all working over some plants of mine at dusk. There were at least 3 of em. I was so excited. I've never seen more than 1 at a time before that and there were THREE of them all buzzing around. What a trip. I ran to get my camera but didn't have enough light to get much of anything except darkness.

EllenW 09-25-2013 10:25 PM

I saw a hummingbird at the feeder today.

turttle 09-26-2013 09:06 PM

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I don't know how to tell a female from a juvenile male ruby-throated hummingbird. I have repurposed a tomato cage to hang a feeder and they like to perch on it.

Equilibrium 09-27-2013 09:17 AM

Whoa..... you're really getting the hang of that new camera you got!!! That 1st photo is totally awesome!!!

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