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Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:32 am
by Ironwood
This is my first time to try a video.

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Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:39 am
by jbullard1
Good video Gene and they some noisy little suckers

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:29 pm
by Nogocyclist
Cool video.

Are you still seeing many males that far west? I might have one male to 10 females up here right now.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:39 pm
by Ironwood
Nogo, the males usually migrate first. I still have some males but most have gone on south. I took that clip with an old Cannon Power Shot S3. Please forgive all the noise I made with the zoom lever.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:43 pm
by Honey Bee
I just have a few hanging around.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:20 pm
by Nogocyclist
Ironwood, I was mainly trying to figure out when my hummingbirds were going to take off. Two days ago, the bulk of them did take off. I would see in excess of 25 or 30 at one time when they swarmed the feeders. Now it is more like 6 or 8 at a time for the past two days. Was completely filling four feeders to the absolute max twice a day or more. Now its down to the feeders only needing to be filled half full to last all day and into the next.

My birds seemed to stay way longer than they have in the past two or three years. I just figured that the hurricane effected them somehow. They started coming in force about a week or a week and a half before Isaac and the large crowd of them just left.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:28 pm
by Ironwood
Nogo, Don't you think maybe the draught in the Midwest might have caused them to have to come down earlier?

Many of mine have gone on south. I think I had more this year than ever before. I still have a few thin ones coming in. It's amazing how fat they get is a short time.

I think last year about this time lots of them left and then another bunch came in for a couple of weeks. I'll keep the sugar water fresh just in case there will be more.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:04 pm
by jv
Last week i had about 30 or so to each feeder all the time buzzing around but in the last couple of days i have been seeing about eight to each of the feeders.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:38 pm
by Ironwood
JV, Isn't it something how they just up and leave almost overnight. Usually around Oct 15 they are all gone from here.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:48 pm
by jv
Yea, they came in real quick and left the same. We had a few, i mean about ten or so for a few weeks then like overnight a swarm of them and they left the same way now just a few around. I tell you what them suckers can drink up some sugar water in a hurry.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:03 pm
by Nogocyclist
You got that right. I had to pull out the 4 quart stew pot to keep up. A couple of days I had to make two batches using the 4 quart pot, at that.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:42 am
by Ironwood
Nogo, you might want to keep a feeder going until about the first of December. Some of the little Rufous hummingbirds have been wintering along the Gulf Coast. Their range is all the way up into Alaska. I had two females show up just before Thanksgiving. One stayed until January 16.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:34 am
by Bullie
Cool video Ironwood. Before I read the caption I was thinking, "His photos are usually so good. I wonder what happened?" LOL I enjoyed it. I love watching those little miracles flit around.

Re: Morning Hummingbirds

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:27 pm
by Nogocyclist
My sister had a hummingbird stay into January a couple of years ago. I assumed it was a ruby throat, but it could have been a Rufous. I never went over to see it, but I started to several times, so I don't know what it was. She also lives in Clinton, just west of Jackson, MS so it was pretty far from the coast where it wintered.