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I have a ruby throat. Thought I saw something last night for just a second...it was close to dark, so I wasn't sure. But he just came to the feeder a bit ago.

So for those of you who are north of me...get your feeders ready & start getting them out next week. Once they start moving north it doesn't take them long! Big Grin


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
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Whoo Hoo Karen. Thanks for the heads up.......they must be a bit early this year...it was the first week in April (I think) before my scout showed up last year.

I'll be ready!

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Good for you. Can't wait until they come north.
 
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Good for you!!!


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Big Grin Yaay! I haven't seen one yet!


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Big Grin Yaay! I haven't seen one yet!


You need to spend more time just SITTING outside. That's when you see them. Big Grin


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An old gardening friend who lives in Birmingham, Al emailed me that they are just south of her.....she put her feeder out yesterday. When Gail gets them, it's only a week or so until I get them. They are moving north fast!

I'm making up my sugar water today and having it ready!

ve
 
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Don't have any yet, I still think it's too early, but...I cleaned one feeder, yesterday, filled it with nectar and then hung it back out in it's usual place. I'll wait until I start getting them before I put the rest of them out.

Last year, I was washing dishes and started seeing them. It got to be really cool, cause when I filled the feeders, there was a swarm of about 25 for maybe 10 or 15 minutes.
 
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Lucky you, Karen. I can't hardly wait. But it'll be a while yet.
Vera, wish I had them like you do-buzzing back and forth continuously. That was a real treat for me last year.
 
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You inspired me Karen..I got out and cleaned the dust off all my feeders that were in the shed. I put one out with one cup of bird juice! I have had one as early as 3/10, But the first week of spring is usually when I catch sight of one or two. Smile


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I still only have 2 feeders out on our front porch...they nearly emptied one yesterday and the other went down about an inch. I think there is more than one! That would be a LOT of juice for just one hummer!
I may have gotten a small group yesterday that was headed on north....that could have caused the huge useage.

Forgot...last year was the earliest for me 3/3. I usually get them 3/5-3/7 so this is late for me this year, by a few days. But we had that last late cold spell too.

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Well, that would be nice, but it is 25 degrees here with about 4 inches of snow.....they wouldn't stand a chance.....

I have a ruby throat. Thought I saw something last night for just a second...it was close to dark, so I wasn't sure. But he just came to the feeder a bit ago.

So for those of you who are north of me...get your feeders ready & start getting them out next week. Once they start moving north it doesn't take them long! Big Grin


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Still waiting on mine, have the juice ready.

Cynthia, what a beautiful picture of you and the doggie.


ve
 
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Girls, there's good news. A birder who lives near Ft. Morgan over south of Mobile reported that she had about a dozen ruby throated hummingbirds in her yard yesterday, all feeding on her buckeye tree blooms.

Guess I should put a feeder up, too.


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Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
 
Posts: 6222 | Location: Northwest Florida | Registered: Dec 12, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Oooh! I don't have my feeder up yet.
I also don't have my planting beds weeded either - sprained an ankle a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully this weekend...
 
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I now have all 6 of my feeders out...did that yesterday. We have at least 2 hummers so far and I think there may be others that are "passing through"....and stopping to get a bite to eat. And of course, those 2 are chasing each other.


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
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IT'S MARCH 29th AND I JUST SAW MY FIRST HUMMER OF THE SEASON! THIS IS 3 DAYS EARLY FOR ME. NOW, I'M GOING TO PUT OUT THE REST OF MY FEEDERS!

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Well...this is the first time i've not seen ANY so late in March. I've got one feeder up and I've not seen boo. I usually have at least 4 or so by this time every year. Barb, you give me hope that they are close. Vera have you seen any?


"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt"
 
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Nope, so far nada........I put my feeder out last week..at this rate I'm going to have to change the syrup...although I don't think it will spoil, it's been too cold here.

I keep thinking that maybe next week...crossing fingers.

ve
 
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I'M BRAGGING IN CASE YOU CAN'T TELL!!!!!!!!
i have one scout, a ruby throat male and I have all 6 of my feeders out. He has visited each one!

HAPPY DANCE! HAPPY DANCE! HAPPY DANCE! HAPPY DANCE! HAPPY DANCE! HAPPY DANCE! HAPPY DANCE!
 
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First sighting for me today !
 
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I now have at least 6 hanging around...at least 2 males & 2 females, so the females are now on the move north too!

Congrats to those of you who have seen one. I'm already to the point of filling feeders nearly every day! Eeekkk! Two more to fill tonight!

Did you gals report your sightings? Please do! Even if you don't get your location added to the map, they use the infor for research, etc.


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
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I have another one!!!!! this one is a female, so now i have two!!!!!!!!!!!!
oh crap, it just dawned on me. i have to stock up on sugar.
 
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Yesterday I saw one which was mostly black. Today this one has been visiting my feeders. Neither have the red throat. Are they different species?

 
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The one in the pic may be a female ruby throat, they don't have the red color.
Not sure about the other one without a pic...sooo hard to tell some apart.


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
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Ok, it's April 1....my first one last year was April 4.......mine has 3 more days to show up...then I'm going to get really impatient! Where's my hummer scout???


ve
 
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Aw geez , you guys are making me jealous...I have to wait!!
 
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Don't feel bad, Jan. I haven't seen one either, but that's not unusual. I see more in the fall than in the spring. No idea why. My friend who lives about a mile away has had a hummer for a couple of weeks now. She also had an indigo bunting yesterday, too. Not here.


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APRIL 2, I got my first female, at least the first one I've seen!!!!
 
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well dang poo....Not one..and this is disturbing me. Where oh where have all my hummers gone. Way, Way Way late! Frown


"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt"
 
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Peach, the ruby throats are such a dark green that I've seen their backs sometimes appear to be dark gray or black in some lighting conditions. So they were probably both female ruby throats.


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Well, it is now April 5...nary a buzz to be heard. We've had a warm dry day for a change and I've been outside pulling weeds.......if one had shown up, I would have heard him. Dang it.


ve
 
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VE & Ruby...wear red if you are going outside to work! That might help draw one in! Big Grin

I still have 6 playing war every evening!


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
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I haven't seen one at my house either. I have the feeder out, but.....

I saw a bunch at Ft. Pickens on Friday and then yesterday I saw a bunch at my aunt's house. She lives about 75 miles inland.

I do still have goldfinches, though.


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Someone is being a smarty pants! Roll Eyes Smile

April 7 - 3 days now of wonderful spring temps...nary a buzz to be heard! Confused

Most of the gold finches now have on their summer suits, the bluebirds are laying eggs in the nest boxes, trees are leafing out..where are my hummers?


ve

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FINALLY!!! was just outside with my first cuppa and heard the familiar buzzzzzz. I looked and there he was. My scout has arrived - April 8th. Yippee.


ve
 
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OMG, I just checked the map. There are scouts in CT and RI!!! Wahoo-they're coming this way.
 
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Peach, the ruby throats are such a dark green that I've seen their backs sometimes appear to be dark gray or black in some lighting conditions. So they were probably both female ruby throats.


Thanks for the reply. I'm trying to decide if I only have the ruby throated hummingbird visiting my feeders.

Are these female ruby throats?

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Yes, they are female ruby throats....only the males have the red throat. Congrats! You've got two already. I bet there's a male around too. The ladies gotta have a gent you know.


ve
 
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Thanks VE. I have seen the males too. Glad to hear they finally found your house.
 
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Congrats everyone!

Please be sure to find the hummer map and report your first sightings so they can use the info for research purposes!

I think my females are building nests or sitting eggs...I'm not seeing them during the day as much, just early morning & late evening.


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
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Ditto here too Vera. My neighbor said she had her first on this past saturday. I saw mine Tuesday eve. I've got two! More to show up daily! whoohoooooo


"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt"
 
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