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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Mar 21, 2017 11:55 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Just spotted a hummingbird at the feeder, first one I've seen this year...I've wondered about them, think this is late. Has anyone else seen them?
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Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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Mar 21, 2017 12:05 PM CST
2017 migration map , with links to previous years below it

http://www.hummingbirds.net/ma...
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Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
Mar 21, 2017 12:08 PM CST
oops , I forget it is just ruby throated and some other lucky people have additional types of hummers
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Mar 21, 2017 12:11 PM CST
Most of the time, it's very hard to know what kind it is here!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 21, 2017 12:59 PM CST
I was just looking this morning around where the coral honeysuckle is blooming but none in sight. My first sightings are usually around the first week of April. It's been a warm winter so may see one any day now. According the the map Kurt posted, they are here around the 18th of March. Guess I better get the sugar ready! Smiling


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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Mar 21, 2017 1:13 PM CST
You're lucky they are seasonal. Mine stay year round, so I never get a break from the feeders. I also had a juvenile Hooded Oriole that missed it's flight to Mexico, and now I got an early adult male too. The Orioles manage the feeders just fine. They usually show up in April, so I'll have to get the big Oriole feeder out soon.
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Mar 21, 2017 1:37 PM CST
I can report hummingbird sightings in the Tampa, FL area! Thumbs up
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Mar 21, 2017 1:41 PM CST
The hummers have arrived in Central Texas! Hurray!
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Mar 21, 2017 3:10 PM CST
That's great! There's a female and a male here. I was on a ladder trying to position the feeder so I could watch it better while I'm inside and a female hummer came up and fed right in front of me! I was getting down when a male came and fed. Only saw a dark throat on him, so not sure which kind. The Rubies are usually the earliest ones I see, but also could be a Black-chinned one.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 21, 2017 3:23 PM CST
Hurray! for hummingbirds!

Although, Carol, I do feel for you because as much as I love seeing the hummingbirds arrive and feel sad when they leave, I appreciate the break from filling the feeders every day. It's a job around here, washing the feeders, making the nectar... last year I went through over 90 lbs. of sugar! Blinking

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Mar 21, 2017 5:26 PM CST
That's a lot of sugar! I ran my feeder through the dishwasher today and I'll put it back out tomorrow. Maybe. We're under an air pollution warning due to ozone levels so I might do it real quickly.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Mar 21, 2017 5:54 PM CST
Luckily, I don't use sugar myself, but I do go through about a lb. a week for the birds at this time of year.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 21, 2017 6:13 PM CST
We don't use sugar either! The entire 90+ pounds of sugar was used to make hummingbird nectar! Hilarious!

I use stevia or agave nectar in my coffee and rarely bake sweets but when I do I normally use demerara sugar.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Mar 21, 2017 7:36 PM CST
Glad to know I'm not alone when it comes to sugar. I wasn't raised on sugar, and never developed much of a sweet tooth. I don't sweeten any thing with the exception of an occasional shot of cinnamon schnapps in my coffee, when I can find it. If I get an urge, I can eat the occasional candy or ice cream, but if I buy more than a single serving, it finally goes in the trash. The only sweets I'm addicted to are fruit filled pasteries. Though I'm well read on health issues, this isn't what it's about for me. I just don't like most things that are to sweet. I was a real dud at birthday parties as a kid...didn't like sodas, ice cream, or cake...unless I scraped off the frosting. Hilarious! I keep a couple of sodas and juices for guests, but rarely drink them myself, and if they want sugar in their coffee or tea, I give them a spoon and the plastic canister of sugar.
Name: Barb
Quincy, FL (Zone 8b)
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Dragonkeep
Mar 21, 2017 9:11 PM CST
Hi, I am writing a short article for a magazine concerning the new winter flyway for the western US/Canada hummingbirds. They all used to head to Mexico and on down to Central and South America. A few are getting down to northern Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico and making a left turn along the way and heading to the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and up the east coast as far as Maryland. They are wintering along the way and will really benefit if we keep our feeders full in the winter. I have a request for those of you living along the Gulf States and up the east coast. Would you let me know if you see or have seen unusual hummingbirds at your feeder. If you have photos - even better. My choices are the ruby throated or rufous hummingbirds - anything else is unusual. Of course having them visit you in the winter is another marker we are looking for.
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Mar 22, 2017 7:16 AM CST
Carol, you sound a lot like me growing up and now. nodding

Hi Barb, you found the right place where we will be posting updates and photos of the hummingbirds! Hurray!

I'm keeping my eye out but haven't put any feeders up yet.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 22, 2017 2:33 PM CST
The Rufous ones did stick around here for a few winters, but not since then. I suspect some unusually cold weather was responsible for that change.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Mar 22, 2017 3:33 PM CST
Allan's (Rufous sedentarious) , a channel islands strain are the ones that stay here, but we have a few Anna's and black chinned that stay too.
Name: Barb
Quincy, FL (Zone 8b)
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Dragonkeep
Mar 28, 2017 10:29 AM CST
Here in Tallahassee, FL, they banded a calliope, a couple of black-chinned, rufous, and over-wintering ruby-throated hummers. We had a rufous banded here and recaptured in California a couple of months later. Also had one that was recaptured in Alaska. These little guys and girls sure get around.
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 28, 2017 2:32 PM CST
Just 1 minute ago spotted our first hummer arrival of the year here. A male RT. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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