Birds and Bees

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

  1. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Hahahha so all the front yard birds have found the feeder. I’m ok with the doves staying in back. At least 6 of the sparrows were just having a very heated discussion in my little tree. They took off so I imagine the more cool headed chickadees will be here soon.
    :lol:
     
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  2. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    I finally have a hummingbird regularly visiting in Fresno. He might not stick around too long, but I'll take it!

    Meanwhile I'll have to put out a third feeder next time I'm in Hayward. I miss watching my birds :sad:
     
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  3. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    The adorable little red house finches have found it! Haven’t seen a chickadee in a few days so idk where they went. There’s usually a family that nests on the front entryway after the swallows move out (who also haven’t returned this year..). Where my birbs at?
     
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  4. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    How often do you change your hummingbird nectar? Do I really need to do it every day?
     
  5. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I do once or twice a week, maybe more when it gets actually hot.
    But I think I need to move it. Only a couple have checked it out and skedaddled when they saw all the other birds at the feeder next door.
     
  6. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Here’s a good hummingbird feeder 101:
    https://www.wbu.com/essential-tips-hummingbird-feeders/

    The answer to your question:

    How often should Hummingbird Feeder Nectar be changed?
    If the weather is cooler, 60 degrees, then leaving the nectar for two or three days is acceptable. However, on a 90? + day, the possibility of spoilage would require that you change the nectar after one day. Rinse your feeder out with hot water and clean the feeding ports with a brush to make sure that you prevent a build-up of mold.”
     
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  7. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Ugh fine I promise I won't kill the hummingbirds
     
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  8. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Quakers the duck has moved into my peonies and laid 10 eggs. C1 is outside giving her a handful of lettuce right now. <3
     
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  9. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    We went on a walk the other day and discovered this huge tree covered in tiny yellow flowers. There were bees everywhere, so many that you could hear the constant buzzing. It was really cool. We also have a ton of hummingbirds here even though nobody has a feeder. They seem to like the pine tree in front of our building?? Do hummingbirds also eat bugs? Or sap?
     
  10. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

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  11. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    It’s a male hummingbird! I got all girls last year.

    Quakers only flies away when C1 tries to touch her. She comes out of the peonies on the edge of the bed to watch when I pull in or open the door but doesn’t leave if I give her a few feet.
     
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  12. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    @virgo hummingbirds do eat insects and spiders, they’ll also eat sap. This part I’m pulling out of my ass, but I’d think pine tree branch structure would be pretty good for nests.
     
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  13. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    The hummingbirds found the new feeder almost immediately. They hang out here anyway thanks to multiple pomegranate trees on the property, but it’s nice to have them visit me on the patio. Happily, the cat is disinterested. I was a little worried because she will not hesitate to maim and torture a bunny or a bluejay, but she DGAF about these new visitors.
     
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  14. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I just planted some honeybells on the back deck, hoping the hummers will come visit there too. C1 is obsessed with planting flowers for them so we'll be looking for more that they'll like.

    Quackers is definitely used to us now. Sometimes she comes off her nest at the edge of the garden bed just to evil eye us, but she really only flies off when the dog startles her.
     
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  15. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Gonna need some pics of Quackers and nest (from a distance) @CoolWife . For science of course.
     
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  16. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Now it's hot and I had the feeder inside to clean and fill it this morning and my hummer friend came and was disappointed. Sorry!!

    The swallows have also started to move back into the front door. They're just barn swallows but they're so pretty and fun to watch dive and twirl around. They do NOT appreciate me opening the door and going out of it but I don't appreciate them shitting all over the biggest leaf of my elephant ear so :shrug:. Hopefully the ducklings will hatch and move on before swallow babies hatch because it gets a little dicey when there's babies to protect. Quackers is pretty chill but I still avoid opening and closing the garage door constantly and sending the dog out that way, cause that for sure sends her to the neighbor's roof to quack at me.

    I'mma be so sad if I have to go back to the office and not hang out with all my new friends. :lol:
     
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  17. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    There’s a hummingbird nest in my neighbor’s ficus tree. I’m so excited. Her tree is under the second story walkway and we can kinda see the nest from it. We’re all keeping distance though so the mom doesn’t get scared off.