July 27th was my high point last year. This morning I would say in the 30's. Tried taking a video but I didn't focus right and it turned out real grainy. Wish you were a little closer, would love to have you over for coffee some mornings and evenings to see what I see.
Thanks everyone. The number of visitors sure are a pleasure. This kind of week makes it all worth while. They have been loving on my honeysuckles and today I seen a little Mr. all in and out of my Clematis Glaucophylla. What am I going to add to spoil them next year?
Becky, I will give my hummingbirds a talking to and head them down your way when it is their time to depart.
Not cold or cool but cooler. You just have to realize these guys have been high 90s to 100s daily so when the temp dropped into the 80s because of the storms that went thru the state I guess you cant blame the birds for feeling cool having not adjusted yet to the quick cooldown of maybe 15degrees. They will adjust . It was also quite windy this afternoon so that may feel even cooler to them.
Heat zone 6
Sunset zone 35
This message has been edited by Stevenindy on Jul 28, 2012 1:02 AM
Steve; Fabulous captures. On the double decker it seems the girl have segregated themselves from the boys.....lol.
I have to get more feeders if I want to double or triple up on my deckers. Right now they are all being used as singles. I keep two batches of feeders. One will be taken down and another set will replace right away when I clean them. I use 3 - 16 oz Nature Feeders and 3 deckers singularly at a time, plus 3 minis. I have been going through about a gallon+ of nectar a day filling the bigger ones 2 times and the minis at least 3 times a day.
With mine, what I have noticed is a slow increase until the other day I counted 30+, seems to be leveling off at that at the moment. We have had a lot of rain the past few days so that may have something to do with it. They love this wet weather, especially after all of the heat and humidity they have had.
That's amazing how many you get. I can't imagine 30 hummers together here in the East. I have seen such sights out west in Arizona, however.
I am lucky to have 2 or 3 in my garden at the same time! I think my all-time "high" was 4 in the garden at once! Luckily though, for the last month, there's usually one buzzing around whenever I look and I occasionally see 2 chasing eachother.
USDA zone 7a
Heat zone 6
Sunset zone 32
Indy Steve (Login Stevenindy) Hummingbird lover 2007
July 28 2012, 11:18 AM
I had those numbers last season here in august but I dont have those numbers yet, I still have 10-15 daily.
Paula -- I understand the gallon a day and sometimes more when you have that many as I remember from last season. You will have a great august.
A gallon a day???????!!!!!! A half gallon lasts me two weeks and most of the sugar water is wasted. I actually have enough hummers to drink THAT much sugar water is amazing! Boggles my mind to even imagine so many! 3 or 4 different RTHs on a given day is a BIG deal here!
Edited to add: Y'all really need banders in your state to come to your homes to band the birds y'all are getting! Seriously! There just is NOT enough banders to do a more comprehensive study of these birds! Who do we write to???!!! We need to get a petition going for more banders to be trained and certified and licensed!
Oh well ... wished we could get some rich millionaire to take up the cause!
Becky I tried a few years ago to get a bander at my place. That was the year I counted 17 birds. Bander nevber even bothered to reply to me and then the following year I lost all my hummers. Unless there are large populations in a wide3spread area I guess it isn't worth their time.
USDA hardiness zone 6a
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39
This message has been edited by Pennytoo on Jul 28, 2012 1:16 PM