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Thursday, June 11, 2015

TALK ABOUT A HUMDINGER


TALK ABOUT A HUMDINGER
 
My friend Frog has hummingbird feeders and scads of hummingbirds at his Maryland home.  I’ve never seen hummingbirds in New Jersey…until last year.  I spotted a hummingbird feeding at a flowering bush in our yard last September.  I have since been told that there are lots of hummingbirds in Jersey, you just need to put up a feeder.

I think hummingbirds are cool, so I decided that this summer I would lure some in with a special hummingbird feeder.  I recently invested $5.99 on a small plastic feeder at Lowes.  I read all up on what kind of sugar water to load it with and how often to change the water.

Last week I filled the feeder with about two cups of sugar water and hung the feeder behind our backdoor deck.  The next morning the feeder was empty.  Impossible I thought.  Well it was windy, perhaps the feeder got blown around and the water dripped out.

I refilled the feeder.  I checked for leaks and it seemed fine, and I hung it out again.  In the morning the feeder was empty again.  It was not windy.  I don’t know what the hell is going on.  I filled it up again and left it in the sink for eight hours to make sure it wasn’t leaking.  It did not leak a drop.

For the third time I put the feeder outside filled with two cups of sugar water.  I watched it periodically and saw no birds, but also observed the sugar water level was stable.

In the morning the feeder was empty.

I’m done.

Either the feeder is somehow defective, or there is a thirty pound hummingbird finishing it off every night. 

I wanted cute little hummers; attracting thirty pounders scares me.

24 comments:

  1. Not sure when they are feeding, but I believe they are coming to feed. I fill up our feeder for "regular" birds and by evening I need to fill it up again. They are hungry out there. Must be the same for the hummingbirds.

    betty

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  2. Perhaps you should stay up one night and see just what is going on out there.

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  3. If that happened in my garden I would guess it was the work of a squirrel... the bane of my life.

    I also had a visit from Melissa Joy... who addressed me as 'mate'!

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    1. stupid spammer hit me, too. :)

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    2. I got one, too! Wanted to know if I like sexy women. I think Joe is a carrier. Not of sexy women, of MJ.

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  4. Melissa visited me too - we should all become friends and do each others hair and stuff! I wish we got humming birds here in the UK, I've never seen one - I do get a lot of woodlice and slugs in the garden though so I'm not without wildlife!

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  5. I would be tempted to focus a security camera on your feeder!

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  6. I guess it's a mystery, although I like the thirty pound hummer theory, too.

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  7. You should try and capture this hummingbird on steroids and take it on the freak show circuit. It could sit on the bearded woman's shoulder and eat crackers or something. (Do they even have freak shows anymore? Too un-PC?)

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  8. Put a drip pan under the feeder to see if it's leaking. If not, it's likely some nocturnal so-an-so varmint cleaning you out so you'll need to either put a cone above/below it to slow 'em down or just keep it inside during the nights.

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  9. We feed them here too. We have six large feeders and in July and August all six are empty in about three to four days. It's amazing how many show up during that time.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  10. my guess? raccoons or other night varmints.

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  11. We have better luck attracting hummingbirds with a butterfly bush.

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  12. I believe you are probably just going blind. Hummers are tiny and hard to see. :)

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  13. Did you know some hummingbirds can weigh up to 250 pounds? Oh, wait, those are ostriches!!

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  14. They like butterfly bushes too. I tried to get a couple about two weeks ago, but they hadn't arrived yet. More of a fall plant, I guess.

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  15. Mrs. C is messing with you, Jerk!

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  16. Have you considered aliens from outer space?

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  17. My feeder did leak, so the squirrels didn't have to work hard to get their sugar for the day. They didn't wait for dark of night, though. Wonder what got to your feeder!

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  18. I'd be afraid of a thirty pound humming bird also, but wouldn't you hear something that big humming?

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  19. Could it be a raccoon is raiding at night for the sugar? Or opossums? Anyway, it sounds like maybe you should put it out in the early morning and watch for the hummers during the day.

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  20. Aha - lucky you, you obviously have the rare and little-known INVISIBLE hummingbirds in your area.

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