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  •  we had a mob at the hummingbird feeder (15+ / 0-)

    yesterday -- FOUR different individuals over the course of the day!!! after several days of nobody-we-noticed... (Eugene OR)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:33:40 AM PST

    •  Cool! (10+ / 0-)

      I wish i could spot more hummingbirds (when its the season for me! Too cold right now) they are in my area, I just don't often see them.  Hopefully next year. :-)

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      by kishik on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:16:19 AM PST

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      •  be prepared to move the feeder around until you (4+ / 0-)
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        find a spot they like.

        our first year was a dud. we had put the feeder about half-way between the front of the house and the street, so it wasn't too close to the house because we thought that might be off-putting.

        apparently so. like I said, no visible visitors.

        so the next year we tried moving it right up to the house, in front of the LR window, as I had seen several so located in the neighborhood. whether it was being further from the street, or being more sheltered by the plantings immediately around the new locations, or that those plantings (a pine and a Jpn maple) were much better for hiding in & darting into, or that our small water feature (tsukubai) was closer, both for sounding more natural and providing drinking/bathing (which we HAVE seen them do! hovering in front of the vertical side of the pumice boulder, or clinging on to the surface while they splatter water up into their feathers, etc.) -- well, they really liked the move. we have several a day most days, sometimes more.

        thrillingly, 8-( we sometimes get blank spots in attendance, when there are territorial wars -- we do seem to be on the boundary between 2 territories, one of which may be unclaimed? but the other of which is ferociously defended, but someone who buzzes in and runs off anyone he doesn't approve of!

        we are also lucky in where we live, in the PNW Anna's year-round territory. has been really interesting learning how they manage to be year-round, they can turn down their metabolisms so they go into semi-hibernation overnight in the cold weather!

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 02:14:08 PM PST

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        •  Very interesting to hear about your Anna's (2+ / 0-)
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          burnt out, kishik

          I've wondered about how they make it through the winter too. I put up a feeder for them this year and so far they are visiting it regularly, most often at dawn and dusk, though I'll see them now and then during the day too. Several females, one male and one juvenile so far.

          My feeder is also right outside the LR window, which makes for great viewing. It's also sheltered in the lee of the house, and near a bank of trees, where they fly off to after feeding.

          I'd be interested to hear how your birds fare as the season progresses.

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