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  • #5989
    Lisa
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      Climate change must be real! Because now I am torn between watching the hummingbirds out in the front yard and my sweet blues in the backyard! The two have never passed through at the same time!

      #5990
      verachuckdave
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        That’s really awesome. I have a hummingbird feeder, but the only ones who are enjoying it are the honeybees. I spotted one hummingbird in a nearby pine tree, but I have never been able to draw them to my feeder. There are flowers around, and it is brightly colored. Oh well, maybe some day they will find it. I do however, have a large number of American goldfinch and purple finch who are eating me out of house and home! They go through a tube of thistle seed each and every day. They are beautiful to watch, though.

        Susan
        Pennsylvania

        #5992
        Maybelle
        Participant

          Here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon we entertain hummingbirds pretty much year round. They really like our gladiolus flowers. In the past, sometimes we saw many of them competing for a place at the “table” and they could be pretty vicious. Those long swords they carry around were good for more than sipping sugar water. I’ve been out with them when it was like a little war overhead.

          I do love the goldfinches too. And they love zinnias!

          Oh and I love to hear the white crowned sparrow who sits in our dogwood and repeats his song over & over.

          But of course, the bluebird has stolen my heart.

          Cari
          Willamette Valley, Oregon

          #5993
          verachuckdave
          Participant

            Agreed! I enjoy all of the wildlife in my yard, but none are as special as the bluebirds. :bluebird2:

            Susan
            Pennsylvania

            #5994
            Lisa
            Participant

              Isn’t it fun????
              I get the hummingbirds for just a few short weeks before the head South over the Gulf of Mexico. It has never happened that I have had both at once. Normally blues are gone around June 1 and hummingbirds swing through in September!

              #5995
              Lisa
              Participant

                I love my goldfinches but they are only here in February and March and then on to “cooler” weather!

                #5998
                tamsea
                Moderator

                  I have hummers part of the spring until early fall. Then goldfinches stay all year here.

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                  Tammy

                  #6000
                  Lisa
                  Participant

                    This is nuts but I just saw a goldfinch by the mealworm feeder! Off to buy thistle socks! Best bird year EVER! Though all backwards LOL!

                    #6001
                    Lisa
                    Participant

                      Sorry for all the climate change people but it has beeen amazing to see all of these species here at once. If it is cooler in South Alabama I just can’t complain!!!
                      Day 13 for what had truly better be my last nesting. 4 this year!

                      #6002
                      Lisa
                      Participant

                        Am I the last one with nestlings? Bizarre!

                        #6004
                        dogsandbirds
                        Moderator

                          You might be the last. That really is bizarre, considering where you are!

                          Gin
                          Atlanta, GA

                          #6005
                          Sassy
                          Participant

                            It sure has been fun reading all the stories of the blues this year. Lisa, you should win top honors for the most nestlings this season. My hat is off to you.
                            My year was a bust, but I am not giving up, looking forward to next year already.
                            Hummingbirds are not as plentiful here as in other years, but I do have at least 8. I love watching them, they are so entertaining.
                            Connie (PA)

                            #6006
                            Lisa
                            Participant

                              Thanks Gin and Sassy!
                              My worm feeder hangs on a small crepe myrtle and it really does look like a Christmas tree when they all come flocking!
                              Today was day 17 and should have been fledge. Of course I had to work but the weirdest thing happened. the parents even bombed when I put out mealworms! They got worms and only poked their heads in the house briefly but never went in.
                              My theory is that they were coaxing them out and didn’t even want me in the yard?
                              It was super strange at any rate. I hope to see them taking worms to the trees tomorrow.
                              Gin, I sure hope they don’t get the idea that it’s OK to lay eggs in Fairhope, Alabama in July ever again. But somehow it’s still in the 80’s every darn day!!!

                              #6007
                              Lisa
                              Participant

                                Sassy, the funny thing is that except for the bear people I live in a place with so many predators that my house looks absolutely insane. Snake guard, wren guard, sparrow spooker. Next year a raccoon baffle gets put on since they have decided to hang out here too. I’m gonna have to get really creative with the Kreuger trap and wobbling baffle as the snakes can climb a baffle with ease. Hopefully I can put the Kreuger on top of the wobbling baffle. Sheesh. This hobby stresses me out. LOL!

                                #6008
                                Lisa
                                Participant

                                  Whew! They all made it out safe and sound! Ingrate parents have moved them two houses down as usual!Sigh of relief!

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