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JMJ Farms wrote:I never really ever pictured myself getting any kind of enjoyment out of watching hummingbirds (doesn’t really seem macho/manly), let alone publicly posting it, but anyway I’ve been pretty much confined to my recliner for the last couple of days and TV gets old fast. Have a feeder right outside the living room window and I’ve been watching them for hours on end. I’m usually not home a lot during daylight. They are like tiny, lightning fast bullets and very territorial it seems. The males get to doing a dance that I guess is some kind of ritual to establish dominance. Idk. They feed all day long. Their metabolism must be through the roof. We have to fill up the feeder about every three days. I remember watching them as a kid at my grandmas and she would have several feeders and there would literally be twenty five or more at times. I’ve never seen that many at once since. Anything else they like besides sugar water?
We've been feeding for a dozen or so years now. I read up on their diets in the last few years and like Caustic said, I am amused at their consumption of small insects. It was 113 degrees here over the weekend. We had misters blowing for the chickens and we also had one on the outside A/C unit. That mister is close to one of out feeders. The hummingbirds were in and out of that mist most of the day.
In the spring we have dozens. Then about ten or so take up residence for the summer. Late summer the migrants will bombard us for a few days again as they head south. It seems the longer you use feeders, the more important you become during migration periods.
They eat mosquitoes and gnats so they are welcome around my place.