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linrose 04-16-2013 06:53 PM

Hummingbirds 2013
Saw my first one today! I need to get the feeders up. Anyone else seen hummers yet?

recurve 04-16-2013 07:23 PM

None here yet! I meant to get my feeders up last weekend but never got to it.

Viceroy 04-17-2013 09:01 PM

Mine show up in April like clock work.

Viceroy 04-17-2013 09:12 PM

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here are some from a recent trip.

linrose 04-18-2013 05:26 AM

Stunning photos Viceroy! I never knew there were so many different kinds of hummingbirds. The second one with the tuft is so cool looking! You must have had an exciting trip.

I did get a feeder up yesterday for the one lone male that's checking out the digs. Luckily I had just bought some columbine and he visited them still in pots on the deck. I've been wanting to plant some red buckeye just for them, I'll have to put it on my wish list.

Viceroy 04-18-2013 10:39 PM

That is an Antillean crested humming bird, in Dominica. It was great.

Equilibrium 04-19-2013 03:34 PM

Viceroy!!! Awesome photos. I've never seen a hummer like that before anywhere in the US. Way cool photo by the way..... it almost looks "cooked" but I know it's not since I've gotten some photos accidently that look like that over the years. We won't get hummers showing up around us for at least another month or so.... maybe a little longer since it's been an unseasonably cool spring so I envy you.

turttle 04-21-2013 06:07 PM

I saw my first female ruby throated hummer today, at red salvia. The saying is that they arrive when the red buckeye blooms, so they should have been here for about a week now.

Helianthus 04-30-2013 10:04 AM

I'm still waiting to see any here in Northern Virginia. They usually show up around the third week of April in my experience.

linrose 04-30-2013 10:20 AM

I guess they were a little thrown off by the cold fronts the US has experienced lately which make them a bit late in returning this year.

We now have a second male show up which makes for some pugilistic behavior at the feeder. The Carolina jessamine has gone by but the columbine is still blooming. Early phlox is also blooming. I always mean to put up another feeder to stop the fighting, and I have in the past, but now I'm down to one feeder until I get another one. No females yet.

recurve 05-05-2013 08:53 PM

Got my first male ruby throat of the year today at my feeders.

Helianthus 05-06-2013 09:19 AM

Me too!
We saw our first ruby-throat on Friday, 5-3-13!

havalotta 05-20-2013 02:47 PM

I saw the first two sitting side by side on the tomato cage today. Definitely a stop what I'm doing moment.

linrose 05-20-2013 02:49 PM

Yay hava! Nice to know they made it up north to you!

linrose 09-06-2013 11:25 AM

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We still have a couple of males and at least one female here. I'm watching for migrants and when the males will leave. I was surprised today to see a praying mantis on the hummingbird feeder. The hummers were not amused and buzzed around him but refused to share the feeder. I think it was here that someone posted about mantises able to capture and kill a hummingbird. I wonder if that was why it was there or just looking for insects. Luckily he left soon after I took his picture.

Equilibrium 09-16-2013 12:22 AM

2 whizzed by our family room window today. Shocked the heck out of me!!! I realized it's already September and it's time to increase my ratio of sugar to water in our feeders.
linrose> Interesting photo. We have them around here but I've never seen 1 at any of our hummingbird feeders.

EllenW 09-17-2013 10:37 PM

I have had praying mantis on my hummingbird feeders. National Geographic had a picture of a praying mantis who captured a hummingbird in West Chester Pennsylvania.

linrose 09-19-2013 12:18 PM

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This female found a nice place to rest in a candelabra. Apparently the cup where the candle goes is just the right size!

havalotta 09-19-2013 12:32 PM

Oh how cute!

EllenW 09-19-2013 08:21 PM

Haven't seen any hummers in a couple days.

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!!!

EllenW 09-28-2013 11:38 AM

I love that first photo too. One of the best pictures I have ever seen of a hummingbird. I have the same feeder you have turttle.

linrose 09-29-2013 08:17 AM

It's difficult to tell adult females from juvenile females. Beak length may be a clue if you have another one to compare with. Juvenile males haves some brown streaking and maybe a dot of red on their throats. Adult females and all juveniles have white on the tail. Late in the season it is harder to tell them apart.

Here are some photos. You can try to guess which age and gender they are for fun.
Male or Female? Adult or Juvenile? Field Markings of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

EllenW 09-29-2013 08:31 AM

I just saw a hummer at the feeder. I'm still getting migraters

recurve 10-08-2013 11:54 AM

I have not seen any hummers at my feeders in over a week now looks like the headed south.

EllenW 10-08-2013 05:57 PM


Originally Posted by recurve (Post 139062)
I have not seen any hummers at my feeders in over a week now looks like the headed south.

I have been seeing them every day but none today.

biigblueyes 10-08-2013 07:18 PM


Originally Posted by Viceroy (Post 131314)
here are some from a recent trip.

Incredible photos, Viceroy!

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