Thought there was a hummingbird thread already but that might have been on THAT OLD FORUM. Anyway, my question is I have hummers year round (Anna's, Rufous) but this year they mostly are ignoring the feeders and favor the plantings in the landscape. No changes in the nectar or the frequency or changing out the food. Any ideas? I miss seeing these guys from my kitchen window.
Is your hummingbird food red or does the feeder have red parts on it? They really like RED and if you can get them to find the feeder, maybe they will keep coming and then you can change back to the clear liquid if that is what you are using.
Did I mention my jealousy about having more than one species of hummer? We only get the Ruby Throats and our only variation is "male or female".
I was at my neighbor's house this morning and her hummingbird feeder is right outside of her kitchen window. It was wonderful to see them at her window. My window is too far from the ground so I think that I need to find another location and put my feeder out.
Might try increasing sugar to water ration to get them started. I usually mix mine 4 to 1 water to sugar however I read someplace one time that if you want to get them started coming to your feeder it helps to use 3 to 1 in the beginning. Also helps to change the juice a couple times a week in hot weather because it goes bad pretty quick. Especially if bugs get in it.
So basically, my feeders are like the golden arches compared to the flora?
(well put) so not too put too fine a point on it....yes
my yard is filled with hummers right now and some are right up at my windows. The downside, I suppose, for some people is that you may not get hummers as early if you don't have something blooming for them. But I don't mind. I love them while they are here. And I probably have fewer dropping in, than a yard that has feeders. But I have never liked the feeding frenzy and the aggressive behavior of so many.
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This morning hummers were at my morning glories...I was coming around from the front walkway and I heard the buzz...froze till I found them! Just made my day! I used to use feeders on shepherds hooks but the ants actually had a highway from the ground up and into the feeders..necessitating daily changes of the syrup, so I just stopped using them once the trumpet vine bloomed. When I planted red runner beans, they were all over them...why not plant a vine outside your window? They are very pretty as well.
So my bee balm is done blooming and the hummingbirds have been in the feeder and now so are the yellow jackets. I can't even get near it to refill it. I see the poor hummers flying around the empty feeder. Darn yellow jackets!!!!