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    Slow Start This Year

    Not a good year. I mentioned earlier that I saw, maybe the same Hummer two days in a row, back in early May, and I haven't seen a Hummer since. Really strange. We're in a four story apartment complex on the fourth floor, with neighbors with Hummer feeders, and no one is seeing Hummers this year...
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    Slow Start This Year

    I think the entire country has had some odd weather this year, so I'm guessing that is a factor all across the country. I suggested to my wife that we might see snow on the 4th of July this year. We're having a slow start here as well. it's kind of annoying.
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    First hummer 30117 2019

    Out balcony, on the forth floor, is loaded with red Geraniums, plus a few chairs and other accoutrements, so that shouldn't be a problem. We're about two blocks from the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, if you know that area. There should be a lot of Hummer attractions here, but we've only...
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    First hummer 30117 2019

    Finally got our first Hummer today, May 16. However, we're four stories up in the air, so maybe it takes them longer to find us.
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    Sterility of Nectar

    How sterile is the nectar hummers get from various flowers versus what they get from our feeders? Has any university ever studied this?
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    Peregrines, distinguishing male from female

    Other than size, how can I distinguish the male from the female? We have a nest cam that I have been watching, here in KC, with four eggs, But I see no difference between the two adults. Any thoughts?
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    Heading South Early?

    Seems you kept them for about a month longer than here in the Kansas City northland. I've already taken my feeders down and stored them before the big winter blast coming.
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    Heading South Early?

    Nothing here for almost a month now.
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    Heading South Early?

    So, today I saw a couple of Hummers for the first time in 2 weeks. I'm guessing they were travelers on their way south, stopping off for a snack.
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    Heading South Early?

    We've cooled off slightly, like into the 50s and 60s, but that's it. My neighbors with feeders have told me the same thing. I'm wondering if the Hummers are like the wooly caterpillars. Leaving early is a bad sign for the coming winter.
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    Heading South Early?

    I'm in the Kansas City area, and have been for a very long time. Usually, our Hummers stay until near the first frost. However, this year, they left about a week ago and my neighbors have verified the same thing. Any thoughts? Do the Hummers know more about the coming winter than the...
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    Feeder Food

    :eat: I'm so far behind most of you. I have two feeders on our balcony, which is on the top floor of our retirement home building. We sold our house a year ago. I don't go through anything close to the volume you all do, but i've got maybe a half dozen regulars who keep things busy, and they...
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    Regarding the nectar.

    I refrigerate, and it will keep indefinitely that way.
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    Feeder Food

    More questions about Hummingbird nectar. Do all flowers out in nature have the same sugar content in their nectar? And how sterile could flower nectar be if it’s open to everything that’s in the air, such as bacteria, fungus, dust and whatever else floats around? And is it a safe bet that...
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    Feeder Food

    I'm really jealous.
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    Feeder Food

    I just got off the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site, and they said exactly what you said regarding proportions, just like the guy on the video. I like that approach better than a single hard fast rule.
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    Feeder Food

    I just watched this video, and he seems to be mixing a higher nectar concentrate than normally recommended, with excellent results. Any thoughts? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWBEb4hsNHQ
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    Feeder Food

    For years, I've brewed my own nectar, the normal way. Water and sugar, boil, cool, etc. This year, I decided to be lazy and tried one of the premixed solutions which did not have color. A very common brand. The Hummers have boycotted me, totally. This afternoon, I went back to what works. Has...
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    Low numbers this year?

    We moved about a year ago, and one of the first things I did was to set out a hummer feeder. Instant success. We had lots of visitors. This year, it's a different story. A few days ago, I had my first visitor. A single female, and she hasn't been back since then. Has anyone else had this...
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    Early Migration?

    I'm in the Kansas City area and have been feeding Hummers for years. This year, it seems that our Hummers have left for the southern beaches early, like a couple of weeks ago. It seems that, normally, I'll see them around here until well into October and, occasionally, early November. Anyone...
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    I D Help

    Thanks. I think I going with juvenile Cooper's Hawk based on the audio that I checked a Allaboutbirds. The sounds are different from the Sharp Shinned and, beyond that, I'm looking at juveniles, which is tough. I'm not much of an expert on identification, although I've been an Audubon member in...
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    I D Help

    Here's a front view. I apologize for my photography.
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    I D Help

    The chest is brown speckled in the top half and pure white in the bottom half. Their call is a long sckreee, similar to a Red Tailed Hawk. Thoughts?
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    I D Help

    Need identification help. We have three of them and they look like juveniles.
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    The Rubies are back!

    They seem to have left my yard in the last few days, so I'm guessing they've headed south. Like others, I've seen more this year than in previous years. Bob
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