[TN-Bird] Re: Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds show strong preferences for certain sites (feeders on the
end of my porch empty three times faster than the ones near the steps),
and also for certain feeders. I think some are not "comfortable" for the
hummers, either for their tongues or the perching position. You might
also try the stronger solution described in my earlier message. 

"Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and
mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life." 
- Rachel Carson 

Carol Reese
Ornamental Horticulture Specialist -Western District 
University of Tennessee Extension Service
605 Airways Blvd.
Jackson TN 38301
731 425 4767 email  jreese5@xxxxxxx

-----Original Message-----
From: tn-bird-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tn-bird-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Shawna Ellis
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 10:57 AM
To: timrid@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Tn Bird List
Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Hummingbirds

Just have a question here for those with large numbers of hummingbirds.

My neighbors have multitudes of hummingbirds, with almost constant
activity at their 5 feeders. Their feeders are located in full sun,
either on shepherd's hooks in the yard or hung up on the eaves by the
windows. The only flowers they have in their yard are cosmos, which
are planted right under the feeders. They live about 35 yards away.

I have 4 feeders up, but due to the layout of my yard they are all in
shade or partial shade, but are visible. One is almost in full sun, a
tiny one hung by my kitchen window, and it is the most frequented. I
have few flowers this year, just a smattering of hanging baskets with
petunias, impatiens, begonias and soon we will have morning glories
and vining moonflowers blooming in another part of the yard. I have a
few regular hummingbird visitors which come off and on throughout the
day, but nothing like my neighbors have.

Is my lack of large numbers due to light conditions or lack of
attractant flowers? I don't have enough sunlight in the front (visible
from the windows) part of my yard to hang them in more sun.

I'd certainly enjoy having more hummingbirds, but I grew up just a few
hundred feet away and my family only had a few hummingbirds at a time
at our feeders (similarly shaded yard to mine). I never felt much like
I was lacking in numbers until I saw the activity at my neighbors'
house and saw what was possible here! How do they have so many and we
so few?

A recently fledged downy woodpecker is the main visitor to one of my
feeders... which I truly enjoy!

Thanks,
Shawna Ellis
Paris, TN
Henry County

On 7/6/10, Tim Riddle <timrid@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Similar to last year the Ruby Throated Hummers are around in large
numbers.
> I currently have only one feeder up and they are going through about 3
cups
> of solution a day. I have 2 new Perky Pet 30oz. feeders on the way and
I am
> sure the number of hummers will match or surpass the 6 to 7 cups a day
I was
> putting out last year.
> Tim Riddle
> Overton Co.
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