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When we added our front porch a few years ago we had a random hummingbird come by. We set out some feeders every year now and wait for those amazing little guys to show up, We don't get a large number of them but watching them while having a first cup sure does help start the day. They sure can put on a show.

Anyone else feed and enjoy watching the little guys ?

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My wife has hers out. Last year we had 1 pair and a bachelor that hung out all summer. Haven’t seen any yet this year. 

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1 hour ago, Lazy WP said:

My wife has hers out. Last year we had 1 pair and a bachelor that hung out all summer. Haven’t seen any yet this year. 

We only had 2 or 3 that stayed the summer last year and our feeders went out today. Should not be too long.

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1 hour ago, MarkG said:

They make their own food by boiling water and mixing in sugar. Cheaper that way.

The redhead does that too.  And you don't have to color it either.  They don't care, although they are drawn to anything red.

We have several every year.  Supposedly, the same birds come back to the same place when they leave south America for the summer.  We draw a pretty decent bunch and get a cool little air show just about every evening.  Amazing little creatures.

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My folks have had them for several years now. Mom puts out a few feeders for them. Each of the last two years, we have had an Oriole around too. He seemed to hang around my parents' longer than he stuck around my place. (Don't know if it was the same one, but at each of our places there only seemed to be one bird, and we live less than a mile apart.)

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?How bad do any of you want them, willing to pay postage.? My wife claims to hate birds but will put out up to a gallon  of sugar water a day. Always has 2 feeders going. Has had them park on her shoulder as she changes feeders. 

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Wife has been feeding the birds and squirrels all winter.

She puts the stuff out to eat, they show up, eat, $hit and make a heck of a mess and then leave.

Reminds me of the liberal left and true socialism.

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31 minutes ago, Diesel Doctor said:

Wife has been feeding the birds and squirrels all winter.

She puts the stuff out to eat, they show up, eat, $hit and make a heck of a mess and then leave.

Reminds me of the liberal left and true socialism.

Careful, you are getting way too close to political, even though it is the truth. 

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They just showed up here 

We have to put out two different feeders in different places other wise we have a turf battle  

We had them both outside the slider so we could watch and they were buzzing all over the place fighting over them

One of the males sits in the bush and waits for the females to show up we call him Bill

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49 minutes ago, Rawleigh99 said:

Our two showed up last week!  Amazing that they are so small, can migrate so far and come back to the same spot year after year!

Yes indeed, it IS amazing what qualities/intelligence HE has endowed HIS creatures with.

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Usually May long is when they show up here, remember stopping at a pancake cafe in BC around Little Fort or Barriere and there was dozens feeding and fighting, quite aggressive and phenomenal aerial display, my cousin at Mt Robson has a lot also 

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Mom always feeds them. One year she must have had 30 or more in the back yard. She kinds limits how many feeders she puts out now. Has a few orioles show up to. She makes her own feed.

    Wife feeds them too but not very religiously. 

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We saw the first one here on Sunday. Have to get a feeder bought to put up. There were several here last year and plenty of flowers to feed them. 

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On 4/25/2021 at 8:06 PM, Big Bud guy said:

Yesterday over at moms house I watched on of our barn cats jump and pluck a bird right off dining room window sill.  

If I saw a cat do that here, it'd be dead before it had a chance to torture it to death. (Bird would probable collateral victim though).

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This just in apparently a lonely active hummingbird nest has stopped the trans mountain oil pipeline in BC, can’t move south through Keystone or west through TM

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My blonde redhead found this on FB:
 
This is a hummingbird unable to retract her tongue, which is a sign of fungal spores that have germinated on her tongue or in her gullet caused by folks mixing honey or anything other than plain white sugar with water. She will die because she can no longer feed.
 
Please please PLEASE .... USE ONLY PLAIN WHITE SUGAR in your mixture of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. No organic, no raw, no brown sugar, no powdered sugar, no honey, no artificial sugar. Plain white sugar/water mixture is more similar to actual flower nectar. And no toxic red color!
 
Change the sugar water mixture every couple days, as it will start to ferment sitting out for days on end.
If you can't or won't do this, just don't put out a feeder at all.
 
 
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Wife gets a pair, maybe two pair every year.  If you want to be entertained by birds flying,  look up how to build a Bat house on the internet, and get a bunch of bats. They like being close to lakes or ponds. But we had some here several years ago and nearest pond is about a half mile away.  They fly, swoop, and dive like a barn swallow or purple martin,  but get this, A bat can eat more mosquitoes than a swallow or martin.  We lived in a 125 yr old stone farmhouse in 1989-'91 and we had bats in the attic,  no idea how many, I counted over 70 one night before I decided they entered the attic one way and exited where I was watching and counting.  We could sit outside all summer long and never get a mosquito bite,  untill I got around on the far side of the 25,000 bushel grain bin about 450 feet from the house.

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Neighbors get a boatload of the little buggers every year, but so far I've only had one visit. Course it'd probably be different if I would actually remember to buy and then actually put out feeders. It's a memory thing. Now what was it I was talking about? But I do remember the cookies, just not where they are.

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