Very few hummers!!!

Very few hummers!!!

Joined: June 8th, 2011, 1:46 pm

May 24th, 2012, 12:51 am #1

Hello,

I was wondering if it is too soon for the hummers to leave for
a spell while they raise their young?

I had about 8 hummers that would feed most of the time, now there are two
and they are the males. I do miss them, but I am hoping they are nesting and
will return soon.



Jodi
South Central Ohio
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May 24th, 2012, 2:05 am #2

Jodi,
No, I don't think it is too soon. If they haven't already completed a nest and sitting on eggs then they are busy building the nest. They always seem to do a disappearing act almost immediately after they arrive.

Penny
NY
USDA hardiness zone 6a
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39
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Penny
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Western NY state
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May 24th, 2012, 3:44 pm #3

Hello,

I was wondering if it is too soon for the hummers to leave for
a spell while they raise their young?

I had about 8 hummers that would feed most of the time, now there are two
and they are the males. I do miss them, but I am hoping they are nesting and
will return soon.



Jodi
South Central Ohio
Thanks Penny,

I have went to a lot of trouble to make it "hummingbird friendly" around here
I would hate to see that they wouldn't want to come and be happy here.

I hope they have tons of babies and they come to visit too.





Jodi
South Central Ohio
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May 24th, 2012, 8:46 pm #4

Hello,

I was wondering if it is too soon for the hummers to leave for
a spell while they raise their young?

I had about 8 hummers that would feed most of the time, now there are two
and they are the males. I do miss them, but I am hoping they are nesting and
will return soon.



Jodi
South Central Ohio
We are in upstate NY and so far have seen zilch - zero - nada on the Hummers! We have a very large garden and (I'd say) 75% is Hummer friendly. Quite a bit of salvia is open, feeders are all out, fushia hanging, etc. Last year we had quite a few Hummers. So am hoping that they will all return this year. My bee balm is growing like crazy so maybe once they bloom, that will help.

Last year we also had Baltimore Orioles (male, female & finally a baby). This year..... nothing!

You're so right ~ VERY disappointing!

On a brighter note, we have had 2 Robins nesting. One set just flew the coup and I anticipate that the others will be leaving me shortly. Ma & Pa have been feeding them like crazy and fattening them up for their journey outta here. Once they leave, I'm really going to feel like an "empty nester."

Kimberly P.
Fairport, NY
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May 24th, 2012, 8:52 pm #5

Hello,

I was wondering if it is too soon for the hummers to leave for
a spell while they raise their young?

I had about 8 hummers that would feed most of the time, now there are two
and they are the males. I do miss them, but I am hoping they are nesting and
will return soon.



Jodi
South Central Ohio
Kimberly
If it is any consolation, I looked at the Journey North Data sheet the other day to check NY state and specifically WNY sitings. The reported records are way way down from previous years. In fact there are very few sitings in WNY. Maybe less than a half dozen reports for the whole Rochester general area.

Penny
NY
USDA hardiness zone 6a
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39
Penny
Zone 6a
Western NY state
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May 24th, 2012, 9:07 pm #6

Hello,

I was wondering if it is too soon for the hummers to leave for
a spell while they raise their young?

I had about 8 hummers that would feed most of the time, now there are two
and they are the males. I do miss them, but I am hoping they are nesting and
will return soon.



Jodi
South Central Ohio
Thanks Penny, that sure makes me feel MUCH better!

At least I'm ready for them should they decide to come this way

Kimberly P.
Fairport, NY
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May 24th, 2012, 9:18 pm #7

Hello,

I was wondering if it is too soon for the hummers to leave for
a spell while they raise their young?

I had about 8 hummers that would feed most of the time, now there are two
and they are the males. I do miss them, but I am hoping they are nesting and
will return soon.



Jodi
South Central Ohio
Kim

I too am not seeing a lot of hummers yet but am seeing some females on occasion. The hour before dark is the most active and even though I may not see the hummers when a hummer goes to the feeder another runs it off so they have their hidden perch.

Also I too just had a robin family fledge and the parents have certainly taken advantage of my daily watering or misting and seem to be finding plenty for the young.

Steve
Martinsville, In
Heat zone 6
Sunset zone 35





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May 24th, 2012, 9:40 pm #8

Hello,

I was wondering if it is too soon for the hummers to leave for
a spell while they raise their young?

I had about 8 hummers that would feed most of the time, now there are two
and they are the males. I do miss them, but I am hoping they are nesting and
will return soon.



Jodi
South Central Ohio
Kim
I know that doesn't make things any easier to accept Prior to last year I had hummers buzzing in an out off and on throughout the day nearly all season. I think the decline in numbers started around 2009 but was not significantly noticable until last year. Hopefully this is just a temporary decline and the populations will start to return to their former numbers

Penny
NY
USDA hardiness zone 6a
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39
Penny
Zone 6a
Western NY state
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May 26th, 2012, 12:24 am #9

Hello,

I was wondering if it is too soon for the hummers to leave for
a spell while they raise their young?

I had about 8 hummers that would feed most of the time, now there are two
and they are the males. I do miss them, but I am hoping they are nesting and
will return soon.



Jodi
South Central Ohio
Just had my first 2 female's checking out one of my feeders and plants. They decided to feed off my honeysuckle instead (which is in full bloom.)

Welcome back my sweet little ones!

Kimberly P.
Fairport, NY
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May 26th, 2012, 12:32 am #10

Hello,

I was wondering if it is too soon for the hummers to leave for
a spell while they raise their young?

I had about 8 hummers that would feed most of the time, now there are two
and they are the males. I do miss them, but I am hoping they are nesting and
will return soon.



Jodi
South Central Ohio
Glad to hear it Kim. Maybe that means that more are still moving into WNY and other parts of the northeast.

Penny
NY
USDA hardiness zone 6a
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39
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Penny
Zone 6a
Western NY state
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