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    Very cool video! We have a few that come around and lost a few about a month ago, when we had a hailstorm. Some of our neighbors said they had dead birds in their yard. The birds have been making a comeback since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan C View Post
    Wow that is a lot of hummers, we had some here but of course not that many here in WI. They are gone from here too!! Love to watch them.
    Never saw one here in WI this year. In WI there are 4 species, but mainly only 2 are commonly seen-the Ruby throated and the Rufous. And of those 2, the Rufous Hummingbird comes around every 3-5 years. Even the neighbors that have a yard of feeders have seen very few. Maybe it was the long dry heat of the season this year? It appears they are thriving across our border in Iowa!

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    I love the hummers but living in town I only see a couple at a time and this year didn't see any. I just got bees in our sugar water.
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    We have as many as you have in your video. We've only lived here two summers and both blessed us with swarms of the little fellows. My DH prepares the water and feeds them and he has a full-time job doing it. He goes through at least 4 4lb bags of sugar a week. They should be leaving soon, but our temps are still in the 90s.
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    We've seen a decline in the past week. I think most of "our" birds are gone and what we have now are 'transients' from further north passing through.
    I know what you mean about a full time job!
    And the sugar!! @ 2.29 for a 4lb. bag - at the end of the season it really adds up.
    Last year we found sugar on sale for $1.59 a 4lb bag and REALLY stocked up!

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    Thanks for the video - it's delightful! I wonder why there were so many more than usual? I spend the winter in Tucson, which is also on a hummingbird migration path. I wonder if we'll get more than usual?

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    Are they ruby throated hummers? That's the kind we get here in Mass. They do nothing but fight over the feeder and chase each other away. I put up two feeders, and even that wasn't enough to satisfy four birds. They would spend all their time defending two feeders instead of just one. It amazes me that the species survives with that lack of cooperation.

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    I saw a couple today. They are also going to my mandevilla plant, it is full of red flowers now. They temperature has been dropping down to the low 50's at night, so don't know how much longer they will be here. I had the most ever this year. Just love watching them.
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    Wow! I don't think I've ever seen that many humming birds in one spot before!

    We have them around here, but I'll see 2, maybe 3 per day tops. We have a lot of doves around here though, I love to hear them cooing. And I live (literally) at the edge of the suburbs; there's a hay farm across the street and we have lots of red tailed hawks hunting for mice over there - such beautiful birds and I'm glad they keep the mouse population down! Maybe the hawks scare off the smaller birds? I don't know. I have seen a family of quail go hustling through our front yard before too. Makes me very glad I insisted on having indoor-only cats! They hate being stuck indoors (both are rescues and used to being outside) but I couldn't bear to have them our there murdering all the local birds!

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