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BS: Hummingbirds

keberoxu 01 Oct 18 - 01:20 PM
keberoxu 30 Sep 18 - 02:53 PM
keberoxu 29 Sep 18 - 01:57 PM
keberoxu 06 Apr 18 - 10:38 PM
GUEST,bbc at work 19 May 05 - 11:32 AM
gnu 18 May 05 - 01:59 PM
Uncle_DaveO 18 May 05 - 01:26 PM
Ebbie 18 May 05 - 12:50 PM
MaineDog 18 May 05 - 12:15 PM
Liz the Squeak 08 May 05 - 05:10 AM
Liz the Squeak 07 May 05 - 09:26 PM
gnu 07 May 05 - 03:39 PM
Liz the Squeak 07 May 05 - 04:37 AM
dianavan 07 May 05 - 04:05 AM
Once Famous 05 May 05 - 03:31 PM
Kim C 05 May 05 - 03:22 PM
Once Famous 05 May 05 - 02:46 PM
gnu 05 May 05 - 06:53 AM
Dave'sWife 05 May 05 - 12:07 AM
Raptor 04 May 05 - 11:30 PM
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RichM 04 May 05 - 03:23 PM
heric 04 May 05 - 01:23 PM
MaineDog 04 May 05 - 11:27 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 04 May 05 - 05:48 AM
Sorcha 04 May 05 - 01:37 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 May 05 - 12:59 AM
Raptor 03 May 05 - 09:49 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Oct 18 - 01:20 PM

A lot of unusual things about this newly discovered hummingbird.
Its native place is the high Andes, in the part of Ecuador north of Chile,
where there is snow and hail even in the SUMMER.

The altitude is high, the temps are cold, and the air is thin.

To compensate, the hummers have worked out a routine
of feeding while perched instead of while hovering.

More from
The Hummingbird of the High Andes (photos)


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Sep 18 - 02:53 PM

Let me see if I can link to the photographs that go with
the American Ornithology reports.

male hummingbird photos


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Sep 18 - 01:57 PM

Well, according to this story, there's a new species in the books.

Oreotrochilus Cyanolaemus (it's a stunner)


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Apr 18 - 10:38 PM

The early feeder gets the hummers?


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: GUEST,bbc at work
Date: 19 May 05 - 11:32 AM

I have a feeder for the 1st time this spring. Put it out a week ago &, so far, no takers, as far as I can tell. Did I wait too late? I am in Southeastern New York.

bbc


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: gnu
Date: 18 May 05 - 01:59 PM

Thanks MaineDog. That means they'll be here soon. I'll have to keep watch.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 18 May 05 - 01:26 PM

We got our friends back here in Indianapolis about five days ago, I think it was.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Ebbie
Date: 18 May 05 - 12:50 PM

Interestingly, this is about the time of year that we take DOWN our humminbird feeders. The sugar water attract bears so it's an official No No.

Alaska has only one kind of hummingbird - the Ruby-throated - but there are a lot of them and they feed on all kinds of flowers and blossoms. A friend of mine has a regular colony of them and he says they are aggressive to each other and fight all the time.

I once found a hummer in my sun porch. It was a very hot day and the wee bird couldn't find its way out. I put up a broom- brush end first- and it clung to the bristles. I took the little bird gently in my hand and went to the door. There I opened my hand and flattened my palm. It sat there looking around until I waved my hand before it flew away. It seemed none the worse for the experience.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: MaineDog
Date: 18 May 05 - 12:15 PM

I did see two of those suspicious critters buzzing around the feeder today. They were almost as big as the ones that carried off Paul Bunyan's shed roof a few years ago.

MD


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 08 May 05 - 05:10 AM

And would they get arrested if they did.....?

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 May 05 - 09:26 PM

but can they do it upside down and hanging by one claw?

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: gnu
Date: 07 May 05 - 03:39 PM

LTS: "...much more acrobatic ..." Obvoiusly, you've never seen them in action. I've had them hover about a foot in front of me (perhaps looking at their reflection in my sunglasses) and just that is impressive. When they start fighting it's amazing. Your eyes can barely follow them. And, watching them beat up on a cat is unreal. A pair will fly in figure eights at right angles and, when the cat is distracted by one, the other will peck the cat on the top of the head. I watched one of my cats hug the ground under such an attack for about two minutes before making a run for it. She licked a bunch of blood off her paw that day. And she avoided that lilac bush for the rest of the summer.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 May 05 - 04:37 AM

Who knows.. soon we could be having an 'obese hummingbird' crises, with all these "empty calories" they're being fed with sugar water... I wonder if they see feeders as their own brand of McDonalds?

We don't have hummingbirds here in the UK, but we do have tits which are much more acrobatic and just as colourful, if not so shiny and miraculous. I've got a couple of nests in my shrubbery so I put out a seed feeder for them yesterday. Can't wait till they discover it and start doing acrobatics over the garden again.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: dianavan
Date: 07 May 05 - 04:05 AM

I don't have a hummingbird feeder because I heard that the sugar water is false calories and that once they are in the habit of the feeder, they don't go to the flower nectar which they need to sustain them. Is this true? I love hummingbirds and don't want to hurt them but I would like to have a feeder if I knew if was safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Once Famous
Date: 05 May 05 - 03:31 PM

Why are most Hummers yelow? Why would anyone buy one when they get about 7 miles per gallon?


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Kim C
Date: 05 May 05 - 03:22 PM

I saw my first hummer of the season yesterday evening. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Once Famous
Date: 05 May 05 - 02:46 PM

this thread makes me think of that shitty song by Seals and Croft.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: gnu
Date: 05 May 05 - 06:53 AM

They make it a lot further north than Maine.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 05 May 05 - 12:07 AM

I was wearing a red cotton blouse today and the Costas Hummingbirds that hang out by my Salvia hovered around me as I trimmed my rose bushes! Funny! My Dog sometimes wears a red bandana and they come over to him and hover. He's learned to just stand still until they figure out he has no food.

I have hummingbirds year round but this is the time of year I have many more than usual.

They can get as far north as Maine. My Great Aunt Alice used to have regular visitors to her garden and she was just south of the Candian Border in Way Upstate NY. If they can make it up there, they can make it to Maine.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Raptor
Date: 04 May 05 - 11:30 PM

Red Dye causes thinning in the egg shells and babies will die!

They don't need the red to find the feeders anyway!

If you have the feeder out soon enough you will get them!

Raptor


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Once Famous
Date: 04 May 05 - 04:19 PM

Gibson Hummingbirds are really nice looking and sounding guitars.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: RichM
Date: 04 May 05 - 03:23 PM

A Hummingbird story:

When my aunt and uncle lived in the country near our cottage,they fed all kinds of birds, and encouraged them to nest. They had a colony of bluebirds, among others---and a couple of dozen pairs of hummingbirds.

On the way to the cottage, my wife and I stopped to visit, with our shiny new RED canoe on top of the van.

Well the H-bird tribe must have thought it was the motherlode of feeders! For a while it looked like an aerial dogfight, as they descended and swooped around the canoe.
Cranky lil buggers that they are, they spent as much time swearing at, and chasing each other away. Until they realized it weren't really good to eat.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: heric
Date: 04 May 05 - 01:23 PM

Googling around I don't see writings about visual attraction to shapes or patterns or ultraviolet. I do see that while the birds can see well into the ultraviolet, so do most insects, so you can attract more relatively more hummers than insects with red, as the latter don't do well in that range.

My preference is agapanthus (light blue, long bloom, very hardy), because I have an aversion to feeders, just as I wouldn't feed Kool-Aid to my kids. (None of the professionals seem to share this aversion.)

But this interesting page says that different plants are more attractive to the hummers in different regions.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: MaineDog
Date: 04 May 05 - 11:27 AM

We don't have hummingbirds in Maine, but, due to the consistent efforts of local evangelists, some of our smaller mosquitos have converted and changed their eating habits and learned to hover around the funny little feeders we put out.

MD


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 04 May 05 - 05:48 AM

Mine's up but it's still too chilly for the hummers!


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Sorcha
Date: 04 May 05 - 01:37 AM

OK, why no red dye? There are hummers here, but we've never had a feeder. And, those lovely Synphix moths turn into tomato hornworms. Eat nasty holes in tomatoes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 May 05 - 12:59 AM

That's nice Raptor--now what about your hummingbird feeders?

:)


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Raptor
Date: 03 May 05 - 09:49 PM

I got mine up again!

Raptor


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Donuel
Date: 03 May 05 - 08:20 PM

They will fly indoors to get to a feeder, at least they did at the farm.

Warning NEVER mix honey in with the feeder sugar water.

It will kill them


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: gnu
Date: 03 May 05 - 06:11 PM

No tarantulae around these here parts. However, if there were, I would feet them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: open mike
Date: 03 May 05 - 06:01 PM

oh goody--good reminder..and good habit to have feeders up by mother's day or maybe even earlier here...in calif. Unfortunately i found a dead hummer in a house near here...flew in one nice spring day when the door was open to air out the house,,and could not get back out in time to get food I guess...sad. bbut its feathers are as electric hot pink as when alive..maybe i will skin it and stuff it...i have done taxidermy on great blue heron..this one would be the other end of the scale!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 May 05 - 05:46 PM

Your tarantula feeder?


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: gnu
Date: 03 May 05 - 10:57 AM

A public service refresh. I've got mine up.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Blackcatter
Date: 23 May 04 - 03:59 PM

No such thing - not enough meat on them. I used to raise them - even the fathers had to eat 30 or so of his babies to fill up.

Stick with lobsters - the mutant cockroaches of the sea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: GUEST
Date: 23 May 04 - 08:20 AM

I could use a good tarantula recipe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Blackcatter
Date: 22 May 04 - 02:15 AM

Oh sure - confuse the issue. I can't think straight - it's 2:13 AM here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 May 04 - 01:50 AM

Cook what? We've discussed several things that could be cooked (maybe I shouldn't let the cicada thread influence me here) including hummingbirds, parakeets, cats, geckos, tarantulas, bottles and corks.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Blackcatter
Date: 22 May 04 - 12:03 AM

By the way - how does one cook the little buggers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Blackcatter
Date: 21 May 04 - 11:59 PM

Thanks Celtaddict, but that's way too complicated and would make me go to the store anyhow. I'll just get a good old Chinese one tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 May 04 - 11:49 PM

My son told me today "that syrup in the feeder is sweet."

"How do you know that?" I inquired.

He told me he bumped into it and got some of the water on himself and tasted it. I read him the riot act about tasting old sugar water, and about the contamination that can happen for both he and the birds. I'll clean it and refill the feeder tomorrow.

We had finches at the seed feeder this afternoon--looked like one of a couple of different types that the bird book says don't occur here. This won't be the first time the book was wrong. I'd also thrown some dried bagel out on the lawn for the grackles, and they picked up the pieces and soaked them in the bird bath before eating. So now I'll also clean the bird bath tomorrow.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Celtaddict
Date: 21 May 04 - 11:11 PM

We have ruby-throated hummingbirds here each year, in the plants (chosen for them and the butterflies) and the feeders, back and front. One we call Backyard Bird has been here for several years. I have no doubt it is the same bird. In general they are quick and fearless but Backyard Bird not only chases away all others she catches (as many do), if the feeder is low she comes and fusses in my face, and follows me right into the kitchen to watch me refill. This year she was back before I had the feeder out. I was on the back deck and she came right into my face, to the feeder hook, to my face, to the hook, chittering furiously, until I went to get it. She sat composedly while I filled it and was down for a drink before the nectar stopped moving when I hung it.
Blackcatter, a reasonable feeder can be made of a smallish (8 ounce or so) glass bottle, with a cork or rubber stopper to fit, and a plastic drinking straw, the kind with pleats so it can be bent. Cut a hole in the cork, put the straw in and cut it off flush inside, so the flexible part is an inch or so outside the cork. Cut the straw again about an inch beyond the curve and bend it. Put this and the bottle in a pan and boil it. When it is cool, fill it. Use coat hanger wire around the neck of the bottle and make a hook to hang it up, with the cork end down, or use a string to make a big loop over the "bottom" of the bottle (now the top of the feeder) and wrap duct tape around it. Red tape, plastic flower, or a bit of red ribbon around the straw will get the attention faster. Remember to boil the cork and straw when you refill, because the pleats and the natural cork can become contaminated.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 May 04 - 12:37 PM

I saw Emily at the garden center this morning (I'm finishing the bed that I was working on when the parakeet arrived). Her children are very happy with the bird, and she described his new cage and the playful bird-toy features that they added to it.

Though my cats don't often get the opportunity, they're both hunters. Clementine once killed a tarantula that got into the house, and they regularly corner the little house geckos that slip in under the doors. If they're lucky we can catch and release them before they become kitty snacks.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Kim C
Date: 21 May 04 - 12:21 PM

Stilly, we used to have a budgie. His name was Cactus and he lived about 8-9 years. One day he just up and died, which is pretty much how little birds do. We haven't had any more birds since, but we've talked about it, since we liked his chirping. I'll admit, though, he was sort of messy.

We had two cats at the time, and they never bothered him. We hung the cage where they couldn't get at it. Even when I brought it down for cleaning, though, they weren't too interested.

Saw another hummer this morning. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Blackcatter
Date: 21 May 04 - 12:13 PM

Yeah, I know, I'll get to it some day. I have to remember to pick one up when I go out to do some shopping. I'm biking it these days and the discout stores aren't terribly convienent.

By the way I'm in Orlando, FL. Few people here have feeders - probably since birds are common year round. We have a flock? of peacocks in the part of town I live in. Probably 25o or so - there's a fancy neighborhood about a mile away whenre they mostly live (cause everyone there puts out food) but they wander around. One male was in my driveway last week. Having a peacock stare at you is interesting. We have herons and ibis and anhingas and more around. There's 3 lakes within 3 blocks of my place tso I see them all the time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 May 04 - 06:25 PM

Blackcatter, where do you live? If you go to someplace Big Lots (I'm not sure how far and wide this chain extends), a discount clearance kind of store, they have loads of them for just a dollar or two. I think you'd spend more time and money trying to figure out an alternative (and testing it) than just buying one.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: GUEST,Blackcatter
Date: 20 May 04 - 04:23 PM

Anyone have a suggestion as to homemade hummingbird feeders?


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 May 04 - 03:58 PM

We have ignition! (tiny text for the tiny little hummingbird that I just spotted at my feeder!)

The syrup level is down, so I think they've been out there all day. They do come and go so quickly!

Thanks for the initial post and getting me started with the feeder this year, Raptor! We've always had a few hummers around, but now we'll see many more.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 May 04 - 12:40 PM

I'm in Fort Worth, Texas. It's not uncommon to find pet birds in places like this, at least not around here. They live in the greenhouses, and are moved indoors when it gets too hot or too cold.

I put up a bird feeder in the back yard this morning. Several visitors have checked it out, but I haven't seen anyone eat at it yet. The news is getting around. Blue jays, cardinals, and lots of little finches and such. A dove sat on the little roof looking down at it for quite a while before leaving. The feeder and the food are for smaller birds. It says "squirrel proof." Ha! I won't believe that until I see the squirrels make a try for it and fail. They're fearless around here.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Blackcatter
Date: 20 May 04 - 12:29 PM

SRS - where do you live?

It's an interesting garden center you have there - spare birdcages and all.

A wonderful story that once again makes the BS section of the Mudcat a treasure to visit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Hummingbirds
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 May 04 - 12:52 PM

I took a good look at this bright neon-green and yellow guy to be sure I had a domesticated escaped one, because we have a colony of the larger Monk's Parakeets that live in the neighborhood to the north of us. They've colonized a couple of pecan trees and have built numerous nests the size of milk crates. The people in the house have feeder boxes hanging on their cyclone fence and it's a sea of green activity out there.

No songs, Blackcatter, but he did start chirping at us at the garden center and he hopped around between the food and water and side of the cage to investigate the retail countertop. The staff at the store had happily cleaned up a spare cage so Emily could take this little guy home on her lunch hour. Like me, they weren't responding because of the price of the bird, he wasn't particularly expensive (the pet store said they start at about $20) but because it was a happy occasion to have rescued and found a home for the bird. They keep several large birds in the shop, and had all been saddened a few weeks ago when a feral cat got in and reached through the cage bars to kill one of their parrots. My kids were understanding also--I told them that I didn't want us with a set up where if the cats accidentally killed the bird they'd be sad about the bird and mad at the cats.

It worked out well for all. And I will go get some seed and a feeder, because we really have enjoyed the regular bird activity and inviting them a little closer will be interesting.

No signs of hummers at the feeder yet, but I did plant some red flowers in the back last weekend, so I'll clean out the water this week and try again.

SRS


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