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Red Fountain

May 16 2016 at 7:08 PM
Indy Steve  (Login SteveWnindy)
Hummingbird lover 2007

I decided to fire it up today since the freeze nights should be a thing of the past. There was a lot of green algae to clean off the pump filter and hoses, quite a job. But it still works after 3 years , lights up after dark, still have never seen a hummer use it. Other small birds though do use it.

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Steve
Martinsville In.
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Hummingbird Member 2006

Re: Red Fountain

May 17 2016, 1:51 AM 

Steve,

I've seen so many videos on Facebook and YouTube of hummingbirds using this red fountain, but maybe hummingbirds in the west are more excited about it. I did find this video though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cjgTv3GZT4

It is a great find for someone who doesn't have the time, energy, or resources to install and maintain an actual pond for birds.

With all of your hummingbirds, I'm surprised that the immature birds wouldn't check it out. Maybe this season??
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
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Indy Steve
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Re: Red Fountain

May 17 2016, 8:33 AM 

Kathi

Yes I seen several vids of hummers using this fountain, one which had two hummers on it at the same time. Most of those vids though are from the west coast area. Is it because its hotter longer out there, maybe.
Steve
Martinsville In.
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Joe M.
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Hummingbirder 2012

Re: Red Fountain

May 17 2016, 4:42 PM 

Over the past 30 yrs. in FL I have used fountains, misters and of course bird baths. Here I see most of my hummers in the winter months and have them available since our winter months tend to be our dry months.
I love watching videos of hummers using the fountains but unfortunately I have never seen a hummer use one here. The misters I have in place sure look inviting but again no hummer has made a fly by or hovered over them. I have them in place and in operation when I have hummers but have never had a hummer use them. It may well be exclusively a western hummingbird related behavior but I don't think so. Probably has more to do with the frequency of rainfall which occurs more often in the east then many areas in the west.

Only one exception to previous observations was an Allen's that hovered many a time over a bird bath, touching his belly on the surface and splashing plenty of water, wetting his feathers, several times during the afternoon. The only hummer I have observed bathing and it was a "western hummer"!



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Lakeland, FL

 
 
Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Red Fountain

June 13 2016, 12:43 PM 

Even as hot as it has been in the midwest recently I have not observed a hummer using this fountain. That doesnt necessarily that they havent but not likely. On the other hand many other birds species have stopped for a drink including the following. I have more fun views of this bird over on feathered friends for those interested.

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Steve
Martinsville In.
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Marilyn Gruber
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Hummingbird Lover 2015

Red Fountain

June 13 2016, 10:22 PM 

Steve,
I have this fountain (just purchased this year). I have not seen hummingbirds using it for I only seem to have one hummingbird in my yard. I have seen robins sitting right on top of the bubbler area enjoying it for periods of time and see a squirrel hopping up to take drinks too. I do have a larger birdbath in my yard, but the smaller birds seem to like that and the robins and squirrel like this bubbler type. Let us know if you ever see a hummingbird using it for I know you have gardens full of hummingbirds. Enjoyed your photos.

Marilyn
Marilyn Gruber
Wisconsin
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Hummingbird Member 2006

Re: Red Fountain

June 14 2016, 1:31 AM 

Steve,

It must be very disappointing to not see any hummingbirds at your red fountain and you have so many more hummingbirds visiting than many of us. Great that other birds are enjoying it though.

I thought people might enjoy these two YouTube videos of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds using the Red Fountain (initially, I thought that only Western species might use it, but maybe not):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cjgTv3GZT4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQFpzkqcAvY

We have a small shallow backyard pond with a recirculating waterfall and a mister/dripper device and sometimes have seen hummingbirds fly through the mist or leaf bath on the nearby hosta leaves---that is a real treat. The sound of the water is also very relaxing to listen to. We have not seen any hummingbirds using the pond yet this season, but activity has been slow the past few days.
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
Zone 5

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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Red Fountain

June 14 2016, 9:11 AM 

Marilyn and Kathi

I actually thought I might see one use it during this current heat wave but so far it hasnt happened. And if not during these hot days , most likely never.
Steve
Martinsville In.
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Marilyn Gruber
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Red Fountain

June 14 2016, 4:25 PM 

Steve,

Think positive!! While you are, you can still enjoy all the other critters in your gardens that are using it. I do admit not to enjoying the squirrel too much though (flower pots are dug through often). But the fountain at night is kind of pretty with that flickering light (and I did not even purchase it for that). I noticed on the video link Kathi sent that the fountain is sitting higher. I did that with mine too, raised it up a bit so I can see it well from my kitchen window and if/WHEN I see a hummingbird use it, I will let you know.

Marilyn
Marilyn Gruber
Wisconsin
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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Red Fountain

June 14 2016, 4:53 PM 

Marilyn

Yes I do appreciate all the critters that do use my fountain. I also made a video of mine before which shows the flickering light which looks more like a flame. Its amazing what people do to try and get hummers to the fountain as I did last year. Also I bought this clay vase last year to get my fountain up higher but accidently broke the vase this spring. Anyway if you havent seen this shot of mine with this crazy hookup here it is, good for a laugh I suppose.

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Steve
Martinsville In.
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Alex
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Re: Red Fountain

June 15 2016, 12:28 PM 

Nice pic...I picked up a fountain at Kmart for 50$, looks like they were trying to move them. The same one was 58$ 2 weeks prior. The female that's been hanging around looked at for a bit but never took a dip. Probably not hot enough.lol
Alex
Northlake, Il.
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Sheila
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Hummingbird Lover 2016

Splish Splash

June 15 2016, 7:30 PM 

Although my fountain is not red, the hummers seem to like it anyway. This was from a couple of years ago on a very cool, breezy September morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXMIgmX8Qo8&feature=youtu.be

 
 
Marilyn Gruber
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Hummingbird Lover 2015

Red Fountain

June 15 2016, 9:31 PM 

Thank you for posting your link to the hummingbird using the fountain. Look Steve, there is hope for those of us who put the fountains out in hope the hummers take notice and use it!!!!!! By the way, like your invention of adding two feeders to it. Looks like (from your photo), the hummingbird was using the feeder. Soon, the fountain!!

Marilyn
Marilyn Gruber
Wisconsin
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Alex
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Hummingbird Lover 2014

Re: Red Fountain

June 15 2016, 10:02 PM 

Great vid.
Alex
Northlake, Il.
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Re: Red Fountain

June 16 2016, 9:13 AM 

Nice video Shelia. What is your location?

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Michael and Kathi Rock
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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Red Fountain

June 16 2016, 9:59 AM 

Very nice vid.
Steve
Martinsville In.
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Marilyn Gruber
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Sheila/Red Fountain

June 16 2016, 10:27 AM 

Shelia,

I have watched your video again and again. I wonder, can you share a bit more info with those of us who are still waiting to see the fountain action in our yards? Appears as if your fountain is much larger and stands higher is this so, can you tell me size? Location, appears as if you have in located in among plants, is this correct and is it located in an area all surrounded by lots of tall plants or out in a more open area? Last, looks like you have the bubbler set very low so there is hardly any movement of water or any sound made of the water (although I know it may not be heard by a human but still possibly by a bird), but can you hear sound of water an give a guess as to how high you have pump set? Husband said he thought he saw two hummers in the video, I think it was just a shadow of the first one. But, was it during a time with lots of hummingbird traffic (during migration perhaps) as you mentioned it was made in September, midwest region? I know I have LOTS of questions but maybe answers will help some of us have success if we make a few changes in our yards.

Marilyn
Marilyn Gruber
Wisconsin
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Fran
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Hummingbird Lover 2015

Re: Red Fountain

June 16 2016, 2:15 PM 

You've all convinced me! I just ordered this from Kmart, and I can't wait to set it up. With our cool weather, I don't know how much use it will get, but I have to try.

Fran
Lakeview, OR
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Sheila
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Hummingbird Lover 2016

Re: Red Fountain

June 17 2016, 1:09 PM 

I am in southwestern Alberta, Canada, very close to the Montana border. The fountain stands about 27 inches high(bought at Home Depot) This was taken at the tail end of our hummingbird season - don`t see any after about Sept. 7 or so. The pump is very small and that is the normal height for the water. It does make a bubbling sound but not very loud, you can`t hear it from across the yard just in the immediate vicinity. This is in a narrow garden alongside the garage planted with morning glories on the trellis, some May Night sage, Raspberry Wine Monarda, columbine and marigolds. A few seconds after this video a second hummingbird zoomed in and chased off the original bather. I have about a 5 second video of that. I was really surprised that any bird would want to be bathing on that particular morning as it was just above freezing and pretty breezy as well. I guess they really are tough little cookies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2xOpI2rX98


    
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Amy
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Hummingbird Member 2005

Fountain

June 27 2016, 2:45 AM 

I feel bad for responding to this message, because of all of you who are waiting for a hummingbird to visit your fountain, but I really think you are all on to something important and are right that visits correspond to species.

I have resident Anna's and migrating Rufous from Feb through Sept.

I have had a red fountain on a covered deck for the third summer now and a blue fountain on an open deck for the second summer on the other side of the house. Color does not seem to matter nor does the open or covered deck.

Both fountains get daily visits from hummingbirds and both species seem to visit equally. I would say that more visits are from females/immatures than males, but that might just be that there are just more of them around.

The blue fountain is visited by a male Rufous daily as he has claimed that deck and feeder for himself and guards it. I only have a few male Rufous left here now as they are all usually gone by July 4.

Temperatures don't seem to be an issue as last week we had highs only in the 50's and it was down right cold at night. I'm talking windows closed and winter pj's and blankets. Hello, where is summer?

Every night last week, a female/immature Rufous would bath in the red fountain just before dark! I couldn't believe that the bird wanted to get so wet when it was so cold outside and getting dark! It wasn't afraid of me at all and would visit even if I was less then 2 feet away from the fountain. My resident hummers don't seem to be afraid of me at all. They are just used to me being outside.

This is by no means a good picture, but I caught it as I was walking up the deck steps with camera in hand after taking the bottlebrush tree pictures.

Female/Immature Rufous at blue fountain.
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Amy
Corvallis, OR
Zone 8

 
 
 
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