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 Post subject: Hummers
PostPosted: May 5th, 2018, 8:25 am 
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Anybody have hummingbirds yet?


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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 5th, 2018, 8:52 am 
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I put out my feeders on April 30th. That’s way early for me, but I saw on the Hummingbird migration map on line that a few were seen at feeders on MDI.......which is only about 19 miles south of me.

No takers yet for us. I usually put out my feeders on Mother’s Day weekend, so we’re still about a solid week early.

My Cardinals just showed up this week, and the Northern Flickers too, so the Male Hummers must be right around the corner. Females usually show about 4 to 5 days after the males.......at least at my feeders.

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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 5th, 2018, 9:55 am 
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I’ve had cardinals all winter, but saw my first Baltimore oriole of the year the other day. And both the bluebirds and barn swallows have been working the nesting boxes around the yard for a solid two weeks. No sign of hummingbirds yet, but then I don’t feed them. Between Asian pears, cherry trees, apple trees, and a few regular pear trees- they seem to find my yard on their own, and then hang around feeding off the flower beds.

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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 5th, 2018, 2:23 pm 
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First hummer to the feeder at 2:16pm today in Dayton.
Spring is here.....finally!


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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 5th, 2018, 2:45 pm 
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We hang a feeder for hummingbirds so we can view up close at the window, but later in the summer they routinely ignore that for the flower garden. Want hummingbirds? Plant Bee Balm! Long-duration, mid-summer flowering perennial that is highly ornamental and a hummingbird magnet.

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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 6th, 2018, 9:31 pm 
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Location: Vassalboro Me. USA
Hummer on feeder tonight right before dark
our first of the season, Orioles have been hitting our jelly and orange feeders for a week now, Bluebirds are nesting. Folks picking fiddle heads around town and the black flies are swarming in force up here on the hill, local streams are producing some fish,things are looking up. Now if the big river would settle down :!:


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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 7th, 2018, 12:00 pm 
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First Hummer. Male. May 7th. Nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 7th, 2018, 1:48 pm 
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Got my first one around noon today. Nice to see them back.


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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 7th, 2018, 4:16 pm 
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2 Male/Female pairs today at my feeder just outside of Manchester NH


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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 8th, 2018, 10:51 am 
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1st male spotted in Sidney just now.


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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 9th, 2018, 8:41 am 
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I thought this was a thread about Steve M. He hums fishing all the time...


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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 9th, 2018, 12:45 pm 
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Last year near the end of the hummer season my feeder was always empty in the AM. It turns out that raccoons were reaching up and "swatting" the feeder so that the sugar water would leak out. Havahart and marshmallows removed the problem. I just put feeder up a few days ago and saw same issue this morning. Little bastards are back! This time I may not bother with the trap and just go to a .22 cal solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 9th, 2018, 8:03 pm 
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1st one seen in Windham yesterday morning.

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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 12th, 2018, 9:17 am 
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Just saw my first one on the feeder this morning here in Brunswick. I suspect they've been on it sooner, but the only place I had to hang it was out of view. I picked up a hanger last night so we can see it from the house.

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 Post subject: Re: Hummers
PostPosted: May 13th, 2018, 11:33 am 
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There were 4 hummingbirds working over my Asian pear this morning while I was on the phone wishing my mother a good day. That and the plum trees are about the only major blooms in the yard right now. When the apple trees bloom in another week or so- I’m guessing they’ll spread out some.

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