Birds and Bees

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by CoolWife, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    So far I’ve only seen one at a time, so I’m pretty sure there’s just one little birb friend. But it’s soooo cute. It comes several times a day, C1 thinks it’s the coolest thing ever, and even D peeps for it all the time.

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  2. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I’ve bird-dentified my friend as a female ruby throated hummingbird. :tmyk:

    Also I’ll be back with the birdrama that’s happening by our front door. It’s riveting.
     
  3. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    There’s two! I thought maybe one was bigger but couldn’t be sure. So big girl was sitting in the tree next to it just chilling, and little girl came to the feeder. She was pretty surprised when big girl chased her off. Hahahaha this is way more interesting than vehicle testing modes.
     
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  4. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    At my old community college, the biology department has small quad area to itself. Two sets of feeders are there about 20ft apart. I've seen up to 10 hummingbirds at one set, but the other one is always empty. There's one hella territorial bird that perches on a nearby tree and will chase even people away.
     
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  5. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    The males are super territorial, especially around a good food source. The ladies need to eat, and if you’re in charge of their flowers/feeder, you’re more likely to pass downs your studly bird genes.
     
  6. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    But why the girls are fighting?
     
  7. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    That I can’t tell you. One could also be a dumb immature male.
     
  8. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I live for the drama, it’s ok. I stan a strong female presence. :lol:
     
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  9. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    There's at least three! The original two are pretty easy to tell apart now that I've seen them a few times. The newest one is also small(er) and a bit darker. They were all here for a second this morning, then the big one chased them off. :lol: She hides in the tree, the little one(s) comes and hovers around nervously, then as soon as they land on the feeder she flies at them and chases them off. Rude, there's plenty to go around.
    I noticed a floaty ant first thing this morning. Ok maybe it jumped from the hook, whatever. Then later in the morning there's more, and the birbs were hovering around pecking at them. So I clean it out and holy shit, where did they come from? Put it back and immediately there's more! The tree grew, and now has one leaf that was up next to the feeder and there's a whole line of ants on the damn thing waiting for it to blow over closer so they can jump. I moved the hook over, should be safe(r) now.
     
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  10. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    My tiny uninsulated friends have moved on to warmer pastures. But now it’s super boring here. Even my little chickadees don’t spend much time in the magnolia. Swallows have been gone from the front door for months.
    I’ve had my eye on this window feeder. My WBU has seed on sale rn. Anyone have a different one or reason this is a bad idea? :lol: I just want some more signs of life around here. Our old house had a ton of jays and cardinals and I miss their colorful jerky little selves (Eva is still nervous around flying birds, lol).
     
  11. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I finally put my feeder up today. Sorry for letting you starve all winter friends. No one has found it yet, so we’ll see if the bigger guys are close to as smart as the hummers.
    ETA I put the hummingbird feeder out yesterday too. I know it’s still too cold for them, but it’ll be there when they come back hungry. Or in case there’s any dumb ones who come early, LOL.
     
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  12. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    My little friends are busy building up their nests and hopping along my window ledge but haven’t found the feeder 2’ above it.
     
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  13. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Sometimes it takes them a couple days
     
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  14. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I expect it will. They warned me up to a month. It’s right where they hang out though, so once they stumble across it I expect it’ll be popular.
     
  15. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Hmm. One of them flew up and looked at it but didn’t land and hasn’t been back near it.
    I just want to be friends!
     
  16. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    What kind of seed are you using?
     
  17. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    This stuff
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  18. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    That looks like good stuff, so your seed’s not the issue
     
  19. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Well. Someone found it. :angry:
     
  20. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Uh oh. Fuzzy rather than feathered?
     
  21. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Yep. I’ve been scaring him off, and now D is trying to get him with a flyswatter. Which is HILARIOUS. But I’ll probably just move the feeder this weekend. I didn’t consider that they could climb right up the screen.
     
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  22. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    Squirrels can get anywhere. It's why I indoor garden. :lol:
     
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  23. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    D want to go after it. I want to scare it off, but like, he’s just hungry.
     
  24. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Bird feeders come with rodent warfare (squirrels take the day shift, rats take night).
     
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  25. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I was mad at the squirrel so I didn’t fill the feeder over the weekend. But I did this morning and some birds actually found it! Finally. Just now a cute little pair of goldfinches. Nice little spot of springtime after a hailstorm.
     
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