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August 06, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Dave, thanks for your comment and I'm glad the grouping approach works for you. Sounds like you have a lot of hummer activity. Happy birding!

Dave Sliwa

I agree with Bob Sargant. I live in the Columbia RIver Gorge about an hour east of Portland, OR and the Hummer population here is neither dense or sparse. BUT...I have found that by grouping my feeders together the population has increased. As Bob asserts - the Hummers may not share very naturally...but the noise that a bully-hummer makes while trying to protect his favorite feeder actually attracts more passing hummers. Of course Bob puts out 20-30 feeders and I only put out 3-5...but the principal is the same.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Fay, depending where you live, the first male hummingbird through may just be a migrating bird that takes advantage of your feeder for a day or two or more, and then moves on.
Make sure you are changing out your nectar every 3-5 days so that hummingbirds recognize your feeders as a source of high quality nectar. Keep trying, if you don't have a resident male, there are always male hummingbirds looking for new territory.

Fay Rosenbalm

I put two feeders up the first of April this year. The bossy male arrived but was only around for a short while. I did see him runaway another Hummer. Haven't seen him back in a week or so....was wondering if the second feeder was to much for him to guard or if you can tell me what is keeping them away??

The Zen Birdfeeder

Mary - thanks for sharing your experience. Do you have LOTS of hummingbirds in your area?
ScienceGuy - thanks for your observations. If you do any testing yourself, let us know!


I tend to group mine, just because one of our locations is so much busier than the others, but I never thought of the actual implications of our arrangement.


Thanks for this good info!

I have four feeders facing north and east, close to the house, that are visible from the others. Yes, I have the bullies. There are two feeders more popular than the others and the juveniles will share space. The adult males cause the chaos! :o)

Next year I will add feeders on the southwestern side of the house and watch...

The Zen Birdfeeder

Nick - Thanks and thanks for visiting!
Dawn - I look forward to visiting Arizona sometime when there are tons of hummers around. Must be amazing!

Dawn Fine

Good info..
I guess there is no right or wrong way.
I travel with one hummer feeder and a few other bird feeders.
I usually separate the hummer feeder from the seed feeders.
I could certainly use a few more feeders when parked in Arizona.
Lots of hummers.
Ok..now i must catch up on the rest of your posts i have missed..
see ya!


Great post. I hadn't thought about this question before.

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