Hummingbirds

@sallyj (1228)
United States
May 12, 2010 10:55pm CST
My hummingbirds are back in MI, USA. I have been feeding them for a few years and this week they are back to the feeders. We enjoy watching them so much, what about you? Do you feed the birds?
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8 responses
• United States
13 May 10
I will have to get my feeder out. Bought a new one this year. My daughter lives across the road and we both feed them. I still have my winter feeders with food in but we don't refill them during the summer.
• United States
13 May 10
Ohh I LOVE birds!!! We have a LARGE kitchen window over the double kitchen sinks that look out into our back yard (we live on 5 acres in the country and are surronded on 2 sides with a forest of pine trees) so we have all kinds of birds in the back yard, plus the turkeys, deer, raccoons, squirrels, etc. Then our dinning room window is very large and then patio doors that look out so have a lot of windows to look out when I am doing stuff. Our living room is 5 feet high and 200" of living room windows! To much glass when it is 80+ out!!!!
• United States
13 May 10
I use to have a peach tree, would drive my car under it and stand on it to pick the peaches! My husband did not appreciate my cleverness!!! Then one day we had a storm and lightening hit it....peaches are NOT one of my favorite fruits as in NO WAY!!! We have coyotes but they stay close to the pine trees.
• United States
14 May 10
We live 5 miles from a small town but its 50 miles round to go to a WalMart or full size grocery store etc. We use to see the coyotes but haven't in awhile. When we went out mushrooming we found a lot of 'homes' that must have been either coyotes or foxes in the woods. We have "rumor" that we now have cougers but so far have not seen or heard them. My daughter had a pet rabbit out side and something 'large' got it but not sure if it was a coyote or cougar. I had a bobtail cat for 20 years that the people that gave her to me said she was a cross between a cat and a bobcat...she did have little tuffs on her ears and she was spotted rather then tiger stripped like tabby tigers. The way she would 'TARE' thourgh the house I sure thought she wasn't a cat!!!! WOW!!! Some of her Meows were earpiercing!!! she gave horrendous birth announcements when she had kittens and they were all bobtails, but because their father was a real cat their tails varried.
• United States
15 May 10
My husband and I love to watch the birds and we used to have a feeder to feed out little friends but the manager of the Apt that we live in told us to take it down. But when we go to the park we feed them. Snow
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
15 May 10
I am sorry you can not have them at your appt, but it is so nice you feed them at the park. That way you and others can enjoy your efforts. That is nice.
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• United States
15 May 10
Well it's not the same but it gets us out and we enjoy watching and feed the birds.I enjoyed our little chat and thanks for responding back to me. Snow
@GardenGerty (101611)
• United States
13 May 10
I feed birds, but do not seem to see hummers in Kansas. I always did in Oklahoma. Perhaps I need to find some brighter flowers to entice them.
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
13 May 10
That might help, but right now i have very few flowers in bloom. They seem to return to the place they are familiar with. It took a few years to see many, at first one/two now i see many.
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@GardenGerty (101611)
• United States
13 May 10
I noticed that in your post. I may have to start trying.
• United States
20 May 10
We did like feeding them til those starlings took over and that's all you'd see were starlings. I'm not paying and trying to store bird seed for starlings or the mice in our shed to get to. Though I will thank you for reminding me I wanted to get a hummingbird feeder instead and see what luck we have and a bird bath as well. Any tips?
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
21 May 10
With my feeder so close to the house, I think that is one reason why we do not have much trouble with other birds. Humming birds seem to be more social. I only use sugar water for my humming birds. As for a bird bath, i have never put one out. That would be new to me.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
14 May 10
Hi Sally I don't because the Neighbours here do and there are a lot of Bird feeders out there They are always filled but to be honest I am surprised that the Birds are so few I would have thought with all them feeders there would be loads about
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
15 May 10
It seems as though i get more and more of them, so they may get to having more. You are lucky. It seems as though I'm not done filling, before i have to do it again. Do enjoy them.
• United States
14 May 10
My mom plants natural feeders for the birds. She has thistle for the finches, hummingbird vine for the hummers, sunflowers for most all the others. They also have bird feeders out with the mixed bird food and hummingbird feeders with the solution. She has not seen any of the hummers back this year but the quick changes in temperature may have something to do with that.
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
15 May 10
I have a lot of flowers, but i put a feeder for my humming birds. It is at the front sliding doors(living room) where they get bold and we can see them up close.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
13 May 10
I have never had a hummingbird feeder, I use to have a regular bird feeder but between the nasty black birds [which i hate] & the squirrels there was nothing left for the pretty birds.
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
14 May 10
Oh my, I sure enjoy mine. So far i have not had trouble with any other birds or squirrels. I can only hope that does not happen.
• United States
13 May 10
This is the first year I have a hummingbird feeder out. I don't honestly expect to get any but hey I figure that maybe by next year they will know I am here. Not to mention till the hummers arrive I am feeding the butterflys and bees. I guess even they need a drink. I have put out seed before but usually am way to busy to keep up with it and dont want the birds to get used to eating at my house. Now that I am older and have more free time I thought I would get back into it. Starting with a hummingbird feeder. My daughter is the one that picked it out. So now I can say that we bird watch as a family. So its a peaceful and fun activity for every one in the house. I have to say its more than an activity its a bonding moment with my family.
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
13 May 10
I do think they are creatures of habit. Each year i see more and more. I have gotten my grandchildren to watch them for they are so unique eating in the air. I am sure next year will bring you more, so enjoy both you and your daughter.