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Posted September 11, 2015 - 04:18 PM

My grandmother used the sugar water and red dye for many years
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Posted September 11, 2015 - 05:52 PM

If the dye is safe for humans, it should be safe for them. And I know they like color!



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Posted September 11, 2015 - 07:01 PM

I walked outside a while back and heard a buzzing next to my ear. Thinking it was a hornet I stood still and I am glad I did. It was a beautiful hummingbird inspecting my had. I guess he approved because he got right in my face and hovered a second then was gone like a flash.


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 07:15 PM

He came back again this evening! Hope he brings the family along soon!


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 09:42 PM

im to lazy to make bird food, so I just but it at Walmart, only cost a couple of bucks a gallon. I've got a least 4 birds, and the littlest one runs off the others all the time. I read you should put out more than one feeder so they don't take ownership of one. apparently, cute as they are they are not friendly with each other, mine fight all the time.


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 11:19 PM

They are fascinating. I used to spend a couple weeks in Colorado (SW of Colorado Springs) every summer.
I saw more different kinds of humming birds there than any place I have been.
Funny , my nephew was just a toddler and was wearing a red cap with yellow threaded rulers and the hummers would peck his head thinking it was a feeder.
They migrate all the way to south America, they say they ride on the backs of geese.
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Posted September 12, 2015 - 12:41 AM

The "backs of geese" thing is a myth.
I've found that if I boil the sugar water solution it stays fresh longer, doesn't turn ropey or ferment as quickly as when you just dissolve the sugar in warm water. When the yellow jackets start coming to the feeders and pester the hummers I hang out a wasp trap close to the feeder and that deals with the little beggars. To make the trap I cut a small round hole about three inches below the top, in the side, of a small plastic pop bottle, put some of the same sugar solution in the bottom of the bottle, screw the lid back on and hang the bottle at the same height as the feeder. The hornets fly in the hole for the syrup and can't seem to figure out how to find the way back out. Every other day you'll be able to dump out an inch or two of drowned yellow jackets. Yucky job but very satisfying, lol.
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Posted September 12, 2015 - 05:51 AM

Kenny I hope they come back enough times for you can get some pictures of them for us
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Posted September 12, 2015 - 06:12 AM

Kenny I hope they come back enough times for you can get some pictures of them for us

I'll just have to have the camera handy! They seem to show up when I don't have it out there!

 

He has been back but very shy. Usually feeds from the opposite side from me, so all I can see is just the tip of his tail feathers under the feeder. Maybe he'll get braver!


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Posted September 12, 2015 - 07:54 AM

I got one! But he moved when the flash went off!

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Posted September 12, 2015 - 07:10 PM

I got a good look at him this evening! He has a grayish body and Green wings, tail feathers, & head! Cute little critter!



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Posted September 12, 2015 - 07:32 PM

That sounds like a female Kenny, the males are usually a brighter color 


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Posted September 13, 2015 - 02:42 AM

That sounds like a female Kenny, the males are usually a brighter color 

Could be! Seems to be the only one feeding at this time.



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Posted September 13, 2015 - 08:17 AM

I had another show up while this one was feeding. It got chased off pronto!



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Posted September 22, 2015 - 10:24 AM

I haven't seen a hummer in almost 2 days. I guess they have flown south. Good Luck, Rick


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