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Hummingbird Infestation
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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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1 posted on 07/14/2014 6:38:39 AM PDT by navysealdad
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To: navysealdad

The sound reminds me of a WW2 pre-attack lineup of fighters on a runway.


2 posted on 07/14/2014 6:42:19 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: navysealdad

Funny thing about birds... They go where the food is.


3 posted on 07/14/2014 6:43:10 AM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: navysealdad

I wish I had that problem! I only have 2 this year.... I usually will have around 6 or 8.


4 posted on 07/14/2014 6:43:25 AM PDT by southernindymom
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To: navysealdad

If you feed them they will come haha.

Seriously though, cutest problem ever.


5 posted on 07/14/2014 6:43:50 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: navysealdad

what is the mixture you use???


6 posted on 07/14/2014 6:45:00 AM PDT by Paul46360 (..)
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To: navysealdad

Hey dad,
This is waaaay kool.
Any idea where this masterpiece took place?
Thanks


7 posted on 07/14/2014 6:47:06 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Paul46360

30% sugar
55% water
15% Crown Royal.


8 posted on 07/14/2014 6:48:01 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: southernindymom
I wish I had that problem! I only have 2 this year.... I usually will have around 6 or 8.

We usually have umpteen dozens by now but have only seen half a dozen or so. Normally going thru 10 lbs of sugar a week through 5 feeders this time of year. Not sure why we aren't seeing them so far this summer.
9 posted on 07/14/2014 6:51:13 AM PDT by ratzoe (damn, I miss Barbara Olson)
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To: navysealdad
We have that 'problem' too, sometimes. It's always when the majority of the rain showers move east of the Rocky Mountains. We'll normally have about half a dozen, but when the rains come, they'll show up in huge numbers.

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!

10 posted on 07/14/2014 6:51:24 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: navysealdad

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.


11 posted on 07/14/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: navysealdad

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.


12 posted on 07/14/2014 6:52:51 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: autumnraine
If you feed them they will come haha.

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.

13 posted on 07/14/2014 6:59:44 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: ratzoe
Not sure why we aren't seeing them so far this summer.

Froze to death last winter? Didn't migrate far enough south?

14 posted on 07/14/2014 7:02:51 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: driftless2
I had never seen an h-bird in the wild in my life of over sixty years.

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.

15 posted on 07/14/2014 7:03:56 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: southernindymom

Saw a Ruby-Throated hummingbird in upstate SC last week, and I think an Allen’s in LA near Griffith Park two days ago.


16 posted on 07/14/2014 7:05:19 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: navysealdad

Posted it on my facebook page.


17 posted on 07/14/2014 7:05:42 AM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: navysealdad

Note: The red dyed hummingbird nectar is unnecessary and not good for them. Almost all feeders have enough red to attract them.


18 posted on 07/14/2014 7:09:02 AM PDT by Wilderness Conservative
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

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! :)
Tatt


19 posted on 07/14/2014 7:14:55 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... (Had I brought Christ with me, the outcome would have been different. Dr.Eric Cunningham)
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To: MamaTexan

LOL!!!


20 posted on 07/14/2014 7:15:51 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... (Had I brought Christ with me, the outcome would have been different. Dr.Eric Cunningham)
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To: MamaTexan

“”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 :)


21 posted on 07/14/2014 7:19:41 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... (Had I brought Christ with me, the outcome would have been different. Dr.Eric Cunningham)
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To: WXRGina

ping


22 posted on 07/14/2014 7:20:36 AM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: navysealdad
One warning about hummingbirds: if one gets into your garage, don't be surprised if it flies around the ceiling until it dies, even if the garage door is wide open or partially open.

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.

23 posted on 07/14/2014 7:26:33 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: navysealdad

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.


24 posted on 07/14/2014 7:42:46 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

That’s what surprising to me about that video because I’ve experienced the same territorial fights you describe.


25 posted on 07/14/2014 7:49:30 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

Well I. like that you did that!


26 posted on 07/14/2014 8:02:14 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: navysealdad

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. :)


27 posted on 07/14/2014 8:03:33 AM PDT by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: GBA

Did you ever try to temporarily put a hummer feeder just outside the garage door?


28 posted on 07/14/2014 8:09:59 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: navysealdad

Thanks for the reminder. I haven’t put the feeder out yet this year.


29 posted on 07/14/2014 8:23:52 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: GBA

I had the same thing happen with a sparrow. :(


30 posted on 07/14/2014 8:35:19 AM PDT by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: navysealdad

You have this problem personally? Or is this click bait?


31 posted on 07/14/2014 8:37:13 AM PDT by coop71
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To: AFreeBird
No, I've not tried that.

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.

32 posted on 07/14/2014 8:50:50 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: GBA

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.


33 posted on 07/14/2014 10:13:59 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I wish we had more of the little guys at our feeders!


34 posted on 07/14/2014 10:30:23 AM PDT by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: navysealdad; All

Ya-All come to RAMSEY Canyon here in SEArizona.


35 posted on 07/14/2014 12:48:33 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: navysealdad

Be thankful they are not pigeons....


36 posted on 07/14/2014 3:42:22 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Dusty Road

30% sugar
55% water
15% Crown Royal.

Try 15% alcohol and film the resulting fun : )


37 posted on 07/14/2014 3:43:08 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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