Will she return?
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Will she return?

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Howieh

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They say that hummingbirds often return to the same feeders year after year, but identifying a bird from previous year(s) can be a problem, so when you see this image you will understand why I am waiting anxiously for my hummers arrival, hopefully by early next week. She was around for several weeks so I assume the beak defect was not a hindrance to her living a normal bird life! :)
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Any sightings yet? I don't have any. Feeders are out but nothing yet.
You'll definately know that girl when she shows up. Very distinctive. Hope she returns!
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Officially no, but the chickadees (or are they humadees?) are really enjoying the feeder and yesterday I thought I heard an oriole but I never saw it. My first sighting last year was on May 3rd but the regulars didn't show up until May 10th. We are in for a bit of a cool spell so the big push could be delayed until next week. Keep watching and stay safe! :)
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Yes that would be interesting. They have an average lifespan of 3 - 5 years.
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Has she returned Howieh? I put up the feeder a few days ago. this is what it looked like this morning. I hope hummers like popsicle.
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Quote from: Dinusaur
Has she returned Howieh? I put up the feeder a few days ago. this is what it looked like this morning. I hope hummers like popsicle.
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You are so funny
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Good one Dinusaur! Still no hummingbirds but the chickadees and red breasted nuthatches seem to be enjoying the hummer feeder. Normally they can't get at the nectar but the feeder is swinging in the wind and there is probably enough leakage for them to actually drink nectar, and I try to keep the ant moat full so they can drink from that (or skate on it!).
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Please correct me if I am misinformed but I was told, by whom I do not remember, that if possible take hummingbird feeders in at nite when there is cooler/cold weather.  The cold nectar that the birds eat in the early morning will cause hypothermia and kill the birds.  The feeder will be at least room temperature when hung back out in the morning.  Neighbour had a hummingbird bird on his feeder on Thursday.

Good birding and stay safe!!!!!
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I am just curious, if the hummer gets nectar from a flower, will it be at room temperature?   :?:  :D
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Quote from: "orchidpoet"
I am just curious, if the hummer gets nectar from a flower, will it be at room temperature?   :?:  :D

Probably not if it's just after sunrise, especially in early May. Still no hummers at my feeder but the chickadees and nuthatches are regulars! Speaking of friendly birds:

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/eld ... mmingbird/
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Finally, a female at the feeder but I didn't get to the window before she left (heading north) - She just came back, definitely not the same bird with the damaged beak, welcome back anyway! :)
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So a male showed up about an hour later and has been returning every few minutes. If I'm lucky they will show up simultaneously(?) and I'll be waiting with my camera at the ready!
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Lucky you. No hummer at my feeder.
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Ya gotta be patient! I almost put out an APB. Now they are trying to figure out how to deal with the chickadees and the nuthatches! :)
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