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Thread: Absence of Hummingbirds?

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    Has anyone else noticed a decrease in their hummingbird population this year? Usually I have 15-20 by this time, but I've only seen 4 or 5. Wondering if the recent storms that ripped thru the area caused them to avoid coming here, or if there is some ecological problem. I've also seen a lot less of the bee population.

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    We had that problem last year, but they are back this year even tho it is so hot and dry here.

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    Haven't noticed a difference. In fact I have a Hummingbird nest in my tree. She is sure a good Mom. The nest is so small I have to use Binoculars to watch her. It's been fun.

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    We've never had them around...I don't feed them due to the outside cats. We feed the "bigger" birds that have a fighting chance :)

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    Hi, We have our usual 3 0r 4. Wish we could see more but this is our norm. judy

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    i have seen bees, infact i got stung today oye go away bees
    i only have a couple of hummers every year. they are back this year.

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    I haven't had near as many this year. I attributed to the hot weather.

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    Haven't seen any this year. Put up a new feeder for them and everything. I'm disappointed. :(

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    I've not had any this year as well. A friend who just lives 12 miles west has 100s in her yard. The year before last I didn't see hummers until late August. Who knows what will happen this year with this terrible drought.

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    I got my 3 back but have very few butterflies thats my concern

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    I wish I got hummingbirds. I've tried to plant my garden with plants that attract hummers, but so far, no luck :(

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    I've got plenty in Kentucky. I'm filling two 4 cup feeders every other day already. Next month I would imagine it will be every day.

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    My big old baby just lays out on the deck ducking his head when they fly at their tremendous speeds. He really looks like he'd like to have a little hard hat on whenever he goes out.
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    lots of hummingbirds in my yard. They also keep hitting my window.

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    Never see them in my area

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    i haven't seen any this year

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    We have a nest on our front porch and have had little ones for 5 years in a row. The babies flew away 2 days ago. Sure miss watching them, they are so cute.

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    I think it has something to do with the weather. We have boat loads up here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixfootroad
    Has anyone else noticed a decrease in their hummingbird population this year? Usually I have 15-20 by this time, but I've only seen 4 or 5. Wondering if the recent storms that ripped thru the area caused them to avoid coming here, or if there is some ecological problem. I've also seen a lot less of the bee population.
    I know where they are ...... they're HERE!
    We are going through almost 2 lbs. of sugar a DAY!!

    Here's a video I uploaded that's focused on ONE feeder.
    (we have 6 feeders hanging)
    This was filmed June 9, 2011 (enjoy)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaGk4ozYjVY

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    That was awesome!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady-T
    Quote Originally Posted by sixfootroad
    Has anyone else noticed a decrease in their hummingbird population this year? Usually I have 15-20 by this time, but I've only seen 4 or 5. Wondering if the recent storms that ripped thru the area caused them to avoid coming here, or if there is some ecological problem. I've also seen a lot less of the bee population.
    I know where they are ...... they're HERE!
    We are going through almost 2 lbs. of sugar a DAY!!

    Here's a video I uploaded that's focused on ONE feeder.
    (we have 6 feeders hanging)
    This was filmed June 9, 2011 (enjoy)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaGk4ozYjVY

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    That was awesome!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady-T
    Quote Originally Posted by sixfootroad
    Has anyone else noticed a decrease in their hummingbird population this year? Usually I have 15-20 by this time, but I've only seen 4 or 5. Wondering if the recent storms that ripped thru the area caused them to avoid coming here, or if there is some ecological problem. I've also seen a lot less of the bee population.
    I know where they are ...... they're HERE!
    We are going through almost 2 lbs. of sugar a DAY!!

    Here's a video I uploaded that's focused on ONE feeder.
    (we have 6 feeders hanging)
    This was filmed June 9, 2011 (enjoy)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaGk4ozYjVY
    Good job Carol. They come fast and leave just as quickly. we get dribs and drabs until the last week of July then we get slam dunked. I am averaging a quart of sugar water a day, have built from 5 to 10 birds up to about 20 birds. A new flock came in yesterday morning. They arrive tired and hungry, eat then they settle down to stay for awhile. Our house is one they have selected for migration since we have lived here. August is our peak . I am resting while I can. During peak week we feed 3 gallons of sugar water a day.
    Would love to see photos of the hummers nest(s). Some members have posted the ones they have and described them. So precious.
    One of our neighbors cats would stalk them, I spray the water hose in his direction a few times then he started staying away. Just the sound would scare him.

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    I have only seen one :( the bees sure love the feeders though lol. I thought I must be missing the hummers because the feeders were going down so fasr till I noticed all the bees at the feeders.

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    Here are a couple pics of our momma and baby, as well as a video of her feeding baby.

    Baby will be flying away soon. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by debp33
    Here are a couple pics of our momma and baby, as well as a video of her feeding baby.

    Baby will be flying away soon. :(
    Baby flew the coop today. :(

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    I don't have anywhere near what I usually do... I have 3 feeders out and usually have to refill at least once a week. I am just refilling now so the nectar won't be too old. A neighbor of mine has a good many, but mine are sure fewer this year.

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