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I'll have to wait? Just put up the hummer feeder. Know the scouts are up this way. But don't have much in the way of flowering plants yet. And the bug population is not quite out yet. Was chilly today...
 
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I haven't put mine out yet - supposed to be 38 here tonite & tomorrow nite. Yikes!
 
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Geez, Patty, you're all that much farther south than I. Maybe I was too precipitous. Jumping the gun?
 
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Put mine out last week in Kansas. The earliest I have ever done so. Saw a hummer 2 days later. It visits quite often.
 
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Put mine out yesterday & already had a visit!
 
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I was standing outside in my garden the other day when all of the sudden I heard a buzzing and a hummingbird bird flew and paused right by me! I'm in NC. Where are you, jmchab? Is there harm in putting it out a little early?
 
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We have 3 here ...anxious for babies.

Fluff, Jan is in New Hampshire...waaaaaay up there! So the hummers finally made it to your place too. Yippee
 
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Fluffy, No harm in a few weeks early. Just keeping syrup fresh...They were here end of month last year, but season is a few weeks off at present. I put out a 3/1 ratio in the spring when they first arrive.
 
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Fluffy, No harm in a few weeks early. Just keeping syrup fresh...They were here end of month last year, but season is a few weeks off at present. I put out a 3/1 ratio in the spring when they first arrive.


Since you don't have a lot blooming yet, it's great that you put your feeder(s) out early, just in case.
As for the bump in sugar...their little bodies can only process so much at a time. By increasing the sugar content you just make them not come to the feeders as often. The 4/1 was established for the optimal viewing without stressing them to come more often.

And a link to the map....

http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

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Oh ok, wasn't sure if I was missing something. I put some of the syrup in my feeder last year but I never saw them going for that, only the plants. Yeah, the weather has been all mixed up this past year at least.
 
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