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ATTENTION

  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.

ACCEPTANCE

  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.

RESPONSIBILITY

  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.
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The Zen Birdfeeder

Judy, it sounds like you're doing all the right things by planting lots of nectar-rich plants. With the summer weather as it's been, there are lots of natural nectar sources and protein sources (spiders and other small insects, which hummingbirds love) around for them to eat. Also, mom hummingbirds have been busy tending to the nest all on her own, so her visits to the feeder may be fewer. When the young fledge, you'll probably see an increase.
Unfortunately, we sometimes lose our "resident" hummingbirds to natural causes, but new hummingbirds will always take their place if the food and habitat are right.
Be sure to keep your nectar fresh and feeder clean. And be patient! Good luck!

Judy

Last year I put up feeders and attracted hummers although it was July when I put them up. this year 2014, I am getting the occasionl visitor, very sporadic. Did the harsh winter interfere? I was hoping to increase my hummingbirds. Have 2 feeders. I have planted a wonderful hummingbird garden full of lobelia and salvia. Last year they seemed to love3 my winter Hibiscus and my cosmos which are not blooming yet. Is is a bad year or do I need to be patient? I put up the feeders in late April. thanks for your help!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ron and Esperanza, here in upstate New York we see mostly the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. They can look black (versus green) and the male's throat can also look black (versus red) depending on how the light hits it. That's probably what you're seeing, though it is not entirely impossible to see Rufous Hummingbirds, though those rarities usually occur in fall. Thanks for the report!!
Melvin, life IS good when the hummingbirds are around. Thanks for the report from Mt. Kisco!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Tom, all birds and other wildlife do go through cycles. Or perhaps your resident hummingbirds did not successfully make the migration trip. You're doing the right thing by keeping your feeders out and clean. Hopefully some will return for you soon!

Melvin

Maunt kisko ny the hummers arrive May 11
I have the feeders ready! Life is good

Ron Gerardi

Hi my feeder is very busy on a good day every 5min a dusk or early AM ruby throat, small brown ,few green breast Wappingers Falls Hudson Valley NY. Ron And Esperanza

Tom

I'm in Newark, NY and there seem to be fewer hummers this year than in past years. Usually we have 3 or 4 regulars, but this year is different, there's been one regular male Rubythroat and several occasional female "visitors" who feed and then disappear. I've heard similar reports from Bristol NY and Webster NY. Have 4 clean feeders out, keeping my fingers crossed.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Michael, right on time!! Thanks for the report from Armenia NY.

Michael A.   Barilli

The hummingbirds are here. Started right on mothers day!
In amenia NY. In dutchess cty eastern part on the ct line

My wife and I love those birds!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Yuriy, thanks for the report from Genoa NY. Pretty much on time!

Yuriy

Genoa,NY.May 10 \ 2014
Hummingbirds arrived.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Chris, sounds like you had a pretty exciting day at the birdfeeders!! Congrats on the orioles. Put out some orange halves and/or grape jelly for them, or they'd love some live mealworms!
Thanks for the report from Bloomington IN (my niece got her master's at IU!)

Chris Woods

Our hummers returned to us here in Bloomington, IN on May 1, feeders were up the day before and we got slammed the next day by at least 4 hummers. We also have our first orioles ever on our property in 28 years!! So excited! Also visiting our feeders are short-staying rose breasted grosbeak and this a.m. we had our first bluebird. Things are hopping in B-town!!!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Sequin, fun how those dates matched up, huh? Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you stop by and comment often. Happy Hummingbird season!!
Deb, congrats on the arrival of your first hummingbird. It's 5/4, and I just refreshed my feeder in anticipation of my first!

Deb rosenwasser

May2. First male hummer just arrived. Feasting on 2 feeders. I live in Montgomery ny.

Sequin Alexander

Great website! We live in Fairport New York and I was surfing for some ruby throated arrival dates in the upstate New York area. My journaled arrival dates match yours every year! Love seeing them in the feeder this time of year – it's like magic! Wishing all of our fellow watchers/hummingbird lovers a long and up-close season! They are truly the most amazing little creatures!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Marilyn, you're okay with a hummingbird around late September. It's probably a migrant. Keep your feeder up and clean...it is helpful and WILL NOT cause them to stay later than they should.

Marilyn

It is September 20, 2012, and I still have at least one Hummingbird, I hope it is ok, aren't they supposed to be gone now? I am west of Saratoga, Town of Broadalbin.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Jim, thanks for reporting in from western NY. You might be a few days ahead of us on the eastern side of the state!

Jim Bittner

May 6, 2012- I just made a batch of nectar and let it cool before placing it in the hummingbird feeder on the shepherds hook. I got a "hit" within a half hour, so the birds have been here a while already. This is in Fredonia, NY, which is 60 mi. west of Buffalo and three mi. from Lake Erie.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Leslie - keep an eye on your (clean and filled) feeders for migrants. Though my residents are gone, my feeders are still busy!

Leslie Wagar

Well, I am sad. It now appears that all my resident hummers are gone! I have so enjoyed seeing them at my window this summer! I knew it was "time" when I was replenishing the food twice a day. The extra energy I provided before their migration will hopefully ensure a safe trip to warmer climates. Can't wait till they return next spring! God Speed my little friends!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Kathleen - thanks for your comment and your reminder to only use CLEAR nectar.
However, I have to strongly emphasize that hummingbirds DO NOT become dependent on our feeding them. Nectar feeders we put out are supplemental food sources and birds WILL FIND OTHER FOOD SOURCES if we discontinue our feeding.
Thanks again for your visit and for your concern for the hummingbirds.

Kathleen

Hummingbirds are just sooo tiny and delightful...if you are going to feed them be POSITIVE to only use a sugur mixture as coloring the water can HARM them as well as their offspring...always remeber to replentish their supply of food as they NOW depend on you for food

Hummingbird Feeders

Mother's Day to Labor Day is very accurate for central Indiana also. Can't wait until they come and so sad when they leave. Thanks for the photos.

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