May 06, 2012Saw our first hummer at the feeder tonight. From my Android phone.
Great! Who knows how many visits you've had from hummers in the time that you've been thoughtful enough to have your feeder out?
I put one feeder out about a month ago, and finally saw one about 10 days ago. Now, a female has joined the males. (Again, especially since HH and I were out working tornado response from dark to dark, who knows what may have visited during the daylight hours?)
How is your moisture situation, now?
Posted by: Cop Car at May 7, 2012 9:09:10 AM
Actually I do know that there were no hummers previously. I've had the test tube feeders out, which makes it very clear when the level of food has gone down even a tinge.
Posted by: bogie at May 10, 2012 4:12:39 AM
Wish your system worked here. I never know if hummers, yellow jackets, wasps, squirrels, non-hummer birds, or the wind is responsible for reduced levels. Of course, I don't put out the same type of tube that you do. (I did at one time, but don't recall why I gave it up.)
Posted by: Cop Car at May 12, 2012 11:32:48 AM
With these particular feeders, I don't have a problem with wind. They blow all over the place and never loose any nector. Occassionally yellow jackets / wasps, take a sip, but they can't possibly drink enough to make a difference. Never had any other birds try to get to the feeder and squirrels leave it alone.
That being said, just Frday morning (or Thursday night), something got to two of the test tubes, one of which was turned upside down (staightening the copper tubing holding it) and emptied. The other was almost empried, but I'm not sure how. It was fine Thursday evening, but WS said he saw it that way Friday morning before he went to work (I leave while it is still dark). Easy fix - bring in the feeder. I assume it was a raccoon although we haven't had any around for a couple of years.
Posted by: bogie at May 12, 2012 9:57:20 PM
We have enough wasps etc that they definitely would make a difference in observing a test tube feeder - I think! Downy woodpeckers try to hover while feeding from our hummer feeders. The past couple of days, I've also seen a blue jay exhibiting strange behavior: it clings to the wire mesh tube peanut feeders as if it thinks it is a woodpecker. Birds are adaptable.
I'm too lazy to bring feeders in at night.
Posted by: Cop Car at May 13, 2012 9:34:06 AM