Southwest Gardening forum: Humming birds

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kyleaz
Mar 13, 2010 1:04 PM CST
Wow, at dusk I must have at least 15 humming birds fighting over their last drink of food before dark. I can even stand and watch them. I know I have to make time to get the camera set up to get a few shoots of them.
I need to get my humming bird identification book out. Most are either red headed or purple but several just have a little red under their chin, I'm not sure if they are just young or not.
I just bought another feeder to put out there too for the gang.
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Dann_L
Mar 13, 2010 2:19 PM CST
Mickey,

I'm looking for a Hummer ID book...what this the title, author and publisher of yours?

We have 3 feeders...one I made out of an empty Gin bottle...another made from a wine bottle...and the third one has a suction cup and it's stuck to the kitchen window.
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MaryMcP
Mar 13, 2010 6:29 PM CST
What fun! We have several...either just bland coloring or some have a red throat.
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locakelly
Mar 14, 2010 8:20 PM CST
I have some that are plain colored and smaller (maybe females). The others have a pretty light shiny green back or purple and reddish heads. I have no clue what kind they are but love their antics!
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HaroldS
Mar 14, 2010 10:20 PM CST
locakelly said:I have some that are plain colored and smaller (maybe females). The others have a pretty light shiny green back or purple and reddish heads. I have no clue what kind they are but love their antics!


Same here. The iridescent purple ones are special. I frequently see one resting in our yellow triple datura, not far from one of our feeders. I suspect guarding it.
Name: Dan
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Dann_L
Mar 14, 2010 10:34 PM CST
We had one dominate male that would try to chase the others away. But when he was chasing one another would come and feed until he got back. Which usually meant that he was chasing that one away and then the one he had chased previously would return and feed. It was a hummer version of the Keystone Cops. :o)

I think they wore that guy out because we haven't see him around for a few weeks now.
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angele
Apr 13, 2010 11:55 AM CST
I think hummingbirds can be very hard to ID, especially the females. Here is a site for Arizona Hummingbirds http://www.sabo.org/photoalb/hbsofaz.htm

I wonder why I never see more than a couple at a time at my feeders
Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
May 29, 2010 1:49 PM CST
Angele, that's an awesome site for helping ID AZ Hummers...I think I mostly see the black chinned hummer in my garden.

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Tinkerweed
May 29, 2010 4:45 PM CST
Dann_L, please do tell more about your wine and gin bottle feeders! Did you make them yourself? Can you post pictures? I need to put a feeder back out but we lost the tree it used to be on, along with the feeder, thanks to the wind. I love homemade ideas!
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bsavage
May 29, 2010 10:23 PM CST
Here is a picture for all of you that I took today... Tony and I are in Cotopaxi, CO in our motor home for a motorcycle trials competition (and we got to see Nancy and family today, they came to see us while we were here, only an hour and 20 minutes or so from their home!). Anywhooooo, I have my portable little hummingbird feeder affixed to the window of the motorhome, and we are having non-stop hummingbird visits! So awesome!

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angele
May 29, 2010 10:31 PM CST
Gosh what a beauty & how neat to have them visit while you are traveling. Very cool, Brenda
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bsavage
May 29, 2010 11:24 PM CST
Thanks, Angele! It is kind of the coolest thing. My friends (who use these same feeders on their motor home) gave one of these little portable feeders to me last year. lt is so fun to watch! Their RV is parked next to us, so they have 2 feeders and we have 1, and the hummingbirds just buzz around between all of them all day long.

Brenda
Name: Susie
North West Mesa
Birdlady_Susie
May 30, 2010 11:15 AM CST
That video on the Toast of Southwest FB page about the little hummingbird baby is wonderful! I am sitting outside - garage sale today- and when I played the video, a female Anna's hummer came over and chip'd and hovered- curious about the sounds the baby was making! so cute.

When we were at Big Lake last week, there was snow everywhere and it was pretty cold (50-60's during the day, down to freezing at night) and the hummers were everywhere. I had 2 feeders out and they were like flies on dog ... food! Smiling Can't believe those little tiny things can make it when it is that cold, but they go 'torpid' at night, slowing down their heart and breathing, reaching a semi-hibernating state to make it through the cold nights.

With the huge orange jubilee, yellow bells and 5 different hibiscus (that are covered in flowers- use palm food for them) I seem to have more hummers than ever. The ponds get those little gnats (not 'squitos) and they are cool to watch as they zip in the gnat swarm, snatching up gnats with their long tongues. I do have 4 feeders up, but they only queue up there as it gets close to dusk. I think they prefer the natural food all day, then tank up on feeder food to get through the night.

Sherri Williamson (on the SABO website at the link above) is a super nice person and one of the foremost experts on hummers. She is the author of the "Peterson Field Guide to Hummingbirds" and "Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds"- plus she contributes to alot of other books and articles. If you ever have the opportunity to go to SABO and take one of their field trips or walks, you will have an excellent visit. They are nice people and can show you so many beautiful hummers and other birds, not to mention the beauty that is the Sky Islands and desert valleys of Southern Arizona.

The majority of hummers we get here in the valley are Anna's. Many of the males will spend the entire winter here, with the femals taking some time off to visit relatives in Mexico, before returning around January to find a husband and then set up housekeeping,,, alone! Anna's male hummers have an entirely red/dark pink head, but the sun must hit the feathers just right to refract the color- otherwise they just look black or appear to only have a red/pink throat. The females are difficult to tell apart without experience, but many of the female Anna's have a sprinkling of red/pink feathers on their throat, as will juvenile males. We also get Blackk-Chinned- the males look like they have a plain black throat, then they will turn and the sun will highlight the gorgeous purple stripe across the bottom of the black area, making it sooo pretty!

I know- probably too long a post, but I can't resist...

Susie
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
May 30, 2010 11:39 AM CST
Not too long a post, Susie! You have so much bird knowledge to share, I always learn something from you, so thank you! Do you know what kind of hummingbird is in my picture above?

Brenda
Name: Susie
North West Mesa
Birdlady_Susie
May 31, 2010 3:33 PM CST
That looks like a male broadtail hummingbird. When it flies in or out or just around, does it make a noticiable (loud) whirring or zzzzzz sound? If so, it is a broadtail. One that is often found in higher elevations during the summer months.

Susie
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
May 31, 2010 10:02 PM CST
Yes, Susie, all the hummingbirds there were NOISY, you could hear them coming! Actually, some of the hummingbirds here where I live make the same noise. We live at 7000 feet, Cotopaxi (where we were over the weekend) is 8500 feet.
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 1, 2010 9:58 AM CST
As you know, I visit Colorado at least once a year to see my family. To me, the hummingbirds there are much more docile then here, and not so territorial towards the hummingbird feeders. In other words, they share nicely for the most part. Here, at least at my house, once a male decides that feeder is his, he aggressively protects it.

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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Jun 1, 2010 10:39 AM CST
Alan, I'd love to get together with you when you're up this way!
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 1, 2010 11:47 AM CST
Definitely will plan on it. Generally I visit in July, but it may be end of September first of October when I make it this year. Vacation money kind of disappeared when I had to take Megan in for emergency surgery. :(

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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Jun 1, 2010 11:58 AM CST
Understood. I look forward to seeing you!

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