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Posted on 07/14/2014 6:38:39 AM PDT by navysealdad
I have the cutest pest problem
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The sound reminds me of a WW2 pre-attack lineup of fighters on a runway.
Funny thing about birds... They go where the food is.
I wish I had that problem! I only have 2 this year.... I usually will have around 6 or 8.
If you feed them they will come haha.
Seriously though, cutest problem ever.
what is the mixture you use???
This is waaaay kool.
Any idea where this masterpiece took place?
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Poor hubby can't even stand outside, it's like planes buzzing the Empire State building in the movie King Kong....his red hair is like a magnet! LOL!
When my wife put up a hummingbird feeder a few years ago, I laughed at her efforts. I had never seen an h-bird in the wild in my life of over sixty years. Well, the little birds came and dined. I couldn’t believe it. The most I’ve seen at one time is three, and they usually fight to get control. But it is fun watching them.
We have a bird infestation too, all kinds. We love it and keep 3 bird feeders full all the time and a bird bath full of water. the hummingbirds come for my red geraniums.
Boy, you aren't kidding. There's a bird feeder in the back yard of the rental we're in. It's been empty since we moved in. There were still some dregs in it, and the occasional finch would come by and grab something.
Well, on a whim, I went out and bought a five-pound bag of feed on Saturday and filled the hopper. It went from ghost town to Times Square in about an hour.
Froze to death last winter? Didn't migrate far enough south?
Took the family on a camping trip to Black Canyon Campground on the Santa Fe National Forest (just a few miles NE of Santa Fe, NM).
We took our dart-board with us (one of those plastic-tip dart boards with the little holes for the plastic-tip darts, instead of cork. The little hummingbirds were constantly probing the holes of the red areas. They also probed the red on the Coleman labels of just about everything in camp (propane cannisters, camp stove, coffee maker). It was quite enjoyable watching them and getting buzzed by them while sitting in camp.
Saw a Ruby-Throated hummingbird in upstate SC last week, and I think an Allen’s in LA near Griffith Park two days ago.
Posted it on my facebook page.
Note: The red dyed hummingbird nectar is unnecessary and not good for them. Almost all feeders have enough red to attract them.
And their attitude is similar as well ;) Can hardly believe they are all occupying the same small number of cubic feet, as our hummers guard “their” feeders Very zealously : o
They even come and check us out on the deck, juuuuust making sure we are not trying to move in on their stashes ;)
What amazing, beautiful creatures. Thanks Lord! :)
“”Poor hubby can’t even stand outside, it’s like planes buzzing the Empire State building in the movie King Kong....his red hair is like a magnet! LOL!””
LOL, Indeed!!! That, is a wonderfully funny and descriptive paragraph FRiend :)
I used to feed them every summer until this happened to me last year.
I confess that I couldn't figure out how to help it free itself from its fascination(?) with or the puzzle of the "garage ceiling trap" and didn't have a net or a method of capturing such a delicate creature.
My neighbor said the same thing has happened to them a few times.
I really love hummers, so to speak, but unlike in Arizona where there are several varieties, there's only one variety here.
Kinda broke my heart to kill one with my garage or to learn that the garage ceiling is lethal to them.
Or maybe it's just that they are so dumb to get so utterly trapped like that, continually flying up at the ceiling until they die, seemingly never once looking down or looking back at the still wide open door they flew in through and could just as easily fly back out through.
I kept thinking there's a deeper message in there somewhere and haven't fed the hummingbirds since.
At our house one rufus takes over each feeder and fights off the competition. He gets so busy fighting the food gets rancid or the squirrels drink it all.
That’s what surprising to me about that video because I’ve experienced the same territorial fights you describe.
Well I. like that you did that!
Oh, how adorable!!!
I was very excited for this year’s “hummer season”.I tracked their migration online and I put out my feeders as soon as they showed up on the East coast. Many of my plants- annuals and perennials- were chosen specifically for these little guys. I FINALLY spotted one at my bee balm last night. Hoping that they decide to investigate further and stick around!
Thanks for sharing the video....that was lovely. :)
Did you ever try to temporarily put a hummer feeder just outside the garage door?
Thanks for the reminder. I haven’t put the feeder out yet this year.
I had the same thing happen with a sparrow. :(
You have this problem personally? Or is this click bait?
Just had the one feeder next to the seed feeders in the backyard and it stays very busy all summer.
There is a flowerbed just outside the garage door along the driveway with plants the butterflies and hummingbirds like, so, if it was going to happen, I guess it was going to happen sooner or later and likely will again.
Maybe the hummingbird got into some of the same stuff that messes up the honeybees so bad? Or maybe it got into some fermented nectar and was just plastered and fascinated by the ceiling plaster until it collapsed and died like with an OD? I dunno...just weird that it happens and I don't want it happening in my garage. I like the little guys.
Perhaps a long handled minnow net would work to safely capture a ceiling trapped hummer? Their wings are moving so fast, I think they'd be easily damaged if they got hit. I don't want to kill or maim them while trying to save them.
As delicate as they appear to be, I suspect they may be more resilient to such things than we might image. As fast as they zip in and around trees and other foliage, it stands to reason that branches and such, blowing in the wind, do make contact with them from time to time.
A really light and fine mesh such as a minnow net might hang them up long enough for you to carefully get him outside without damaging them.
I wish we had more of the little guys at our feeders!
Ya-All come to RAMSEY Canyon here in SEArizona.
Be thankful they are not pigeons....
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Try 15% alcohol and film the resulting fun : )
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