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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.


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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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