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Old Monday 19th September 2005, 18:08   #1
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Miami Hummingbird activity feedback

I am encouraging my mother in Miami to put up here feeders. I expected she would have no trouble at all attracting them. she has a mature yard with many native plants/flowers. I was just wondering how much activity she can expect. We are blessed with an ample amount here in Texas. I hope she can have the same pleasure. Anyone live in South Florida?


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Old Monday 19th September 2005, 19:20   #2
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I was just wondering how much activity she can expect.
Almost none. She might get a rare migrant. You might think South Florida is a slam-dunk for hummingbirds, but historically most of it was everglades and the birds are very sparse. My parents have lived in South Florida for 22 years, and they've never seen a hummingbird there. The good news: you can see hummingbirds in flight cages at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, just north of Ft. Lauderdale.

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Old Monday 19th September 2005, 23:35   #3
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That's too bad. Makes sense though. Perhaps she will get lucky.
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Old Sunday 30th October 2005, 00:25   #4
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That's too bad. Makes sense though. Perhaps she will get lucky.
Well I live about 3 hours drive away from Miami but I have been enjoying my hommers for a few years now. First, I thought they would not come here. My sister who lives in TN. and has loads of them visit her feeders every summer told me to put out a feeder with the red food coloring at first to draw them. I did, and withing a week they were here. After that just clear sugar water works. With all the hurricanes that have come through our area(Wilma just last week) I was so worried about them surviving. I put the feeder back out as soon as the storm passed. It wasn't but a few minutes they were back feeding from it. They looked like they had been through a wind storm. All kinds of birds were in our back yard shortly after storm. All the plants got knocked down and the only food at this time are the feeders. My hummers get here in late Sep. and stay up until April/May. So, don't give up hope for your Mom to enjoy these little jewels. Happy Birding!
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Old Monday 31st October 2005, 01:07   #5
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Almost none. She might get a rare migrant. You might think South Florida is a slam-dunk for hummingbirds, but historically most of it was everglades and the birds are very sparse. My parents have lived in South Florida for 22 years, and they've never seen a hummingbird there. The good news: you can see hummingbirds in flight cages at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, just north of Ft. Lauderdale.
Thats far from the truth as Ruby-throated Hummingbirds winter throughout the state of Florida and in good numbers (in South Florida, Fairchild Tropical gardens is supposed to be a good site for Ruby-throats in winter). Here in Tallahassee last winter we had 6 species of hummingbird winter in town with Ruby-throated and Rufous being the most common (we had a female Rufous spend the winter in our yard) also Allen's, Black-chinned, Buff-bellied and Calliope. If you put out a feeder I wouldnt be surprised if you have a visitor or two.

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http://trochilids.tripod.com/winter.html

http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/host_a_winter_hummingbird.htm

http://www.dfsgardenclub.org/wildlife/birds.htm
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Old Saturday 12th November 2005, 20:26   #6
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Quite true! I saw a hummer in my yard a couple of years ago, and that inspired me to set up a couple of feeders in my backyard here in South Miami a couple of months ago. It took me a good long while before I saw my first one, but the day after Hurricane Wilma came through, I set the feeders back up again, and within minutes had my first customer. I can now distinguish several different ones, and believe that I have several ruby throat hummingbirds, male and female, visiting my feeders regularly from dawn to dark.

So, go ahead and tell your mom to set up a couple of feeders in her yard. After Wilma, there's a shortage of blooms, and she's bound to get a hungry visitor!

BTW, the very first hummingbirds I saw up close and personal here in south Florida, was in the Everglades. The Anhinga Trail at the northern end of the 'Glades, to be exact!

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Hi Hummer Fans, Pink Shovel here. I am a South Florida Native and have been enticing Hummers into my gardens for over 20 years. They appear in fall, winter and spring and I've have them in my garden near Old Cutler Road in South Miami-Dade County south of Miami and in my garden where I am now in Ft. Lauderdale.

So for the Miami Gardener there are some tips for how to attract them at my blog, if you are interested. Also, there's a cool picture of a hummer in the hand of a lady in Homestead which she sent via her phone just yesterday.

Check it out at www.greengardenersnews.com, if you are interested and happy gardening!

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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are absolutely abundant in South Florida in winter, particularly in the Miami area. I have recorded up to a dozen Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in Kendale Lakes Park using the many flowering orchid trees. The Miami and Kendall Christmas Bird Counts regularly record between 30-40 hummingbirds wintering every year in the count circle.

Hummingbirds are far from 'rare' in winter in Miami! You should be able to attract one with little trouble at all.

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