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    Magnolia15
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    Here’s a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds from last week, they sure do love that jewel weed.

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    CatsBirds
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    Wow!!!! just gorgeous…. ours are so busy here… draining a feeder daily….. thanks for sharing them.


    Sharon, Catsbirds, Community Team Member
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    Tigsy
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    I’m not a regular here nor have I been feeding hummers, but I’ve suddenly been noticing them in the bush/tree outside our window. (I’m in northern Illinois.) I’ve seen females sitting out there almost daily, and I never thought we even had hummers here.

    I’m thinking about putting up a feeder — would that be advisable at this point in the year? I’ve once in a while seen feeders in the neighborhood. My dad gave me his feeder about 15 years ago, and I read up on feeding hummers but got scared off with how easy it might be to let the nectar go bad and sicken them. Back then I was raising 4 kids and had less time for feeding birds! But my kids have all flown the nest and I’m semi-retired now. Any advice?


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    MDgreenery
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    Magnolia, those are beautiful pictures. And I must thank you for showing me “a first” for hummingbirds as I had never seen one close its eyes while feeding until seeing this/your picture. The little jewel must of felt secure enough to close its eyes while feeding on your flowers.

    Tigsy, I would suggest using a feeder that is super easy to clean for your first attempt. Highly recommend hanging a  feeder (even/especially) now, when you see they are searching for nectar. I wish you the best of luck & much success.

    Sharon, I believe our last resident hummingbird flew south on Friday but I’m expecting more Northerners to fly through. Enjoy!


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    Magnolia15
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    Thanks all.


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    Tigsy
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    MDgreenery, thanks for the advice. I think I”ll check out what kind of feeders our nearby Lowe’s has and get one and set it up. I was so excited to see even non-feeding hummers right outside our window!


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    mary
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    nice hummers there, saw two last evening while on the swing green/grey ones, they were chasing each other from the feeder!Mary in KY


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    Laural
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    I have a Ruby-throated hummer still here. Refuses to migrate with the others. Wondering  if I should stop feeding it to encourage it to move on. Sept. 22 is longer by far than I’ve ever seen them in western NY. How much longer do they have before it”s too late?


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    margba
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    Cute pic!  Laural, maybe take down the feeder.  I have heard of some folks wintering some that got stuck.  Not sure how to, though!  Maybe contact wildlife rescue people to see what to do about it or drive him down south!  Lol!  Wouldnt that be a neat hummer rescue story if you drove him south? Ha!


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    Sadie
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    Been feeding ruby throated hummers for decades. Number 1 easiest to fill, clean (bottle brush & tooth brush) and visualized nectar is “Best-1″ (Amazon) made in Poteet, TX. Reservoir is glass and feeding bottom/platform is red UV resistant plastic. 32oz And 8oz they are literally the “best”. For nectar: buy distilled water by the gallon at grocery. Buy cheapest cane sugar at grocery. In Pyrex measuring cup (1 cup or 2 cup or 4 cup sizes) microwave water 4 minutes per cup to boiling. Add sugar at 1/4 the amount of water by volume after the water has come to a boil. Stir until clear and cool at least until baby formula temperature. Pour into CLEAN feeders. Hang at least 5 feet from ground or deck surface (keeps cats from reaching). Change nectar WEEKLY. Don’t worry that there are many one week and fewer the next week. To remember formula just look at your HAND: 4 fingers = water + 1 thumb = sugar. Do not color the nectar. Multiple Feeders are better than one.


    Sadie

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    Montie
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    Wow, thanks Sadie. I’ve been wanting hummers in my NC area, thanks for all the advice!


    Connie

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