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Susan
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I need to talk about something other than rallies and niggers and jews, so I'm doing a thread on these cute little guys. Anybody else feed and enjoy these tiny critters?

I'm a big gardener and have lots of plants and flowers that bees, birds, butterflies,and hummingbirds like. I started feeding them a few years ago and they are just fascinating to watch.

I used to buy the red colored sugar water to feed them, but the red dye isn't good for them. So here's a simple recipe to make and feed them:

Mix 1 part sugar to 4 parts water and bring to a boil. Let cool and pour a small amount ( no more than an inch or two inches deep per feeder) into each feeder and hang out on a tree branch, preferably in partial shade. If the solution isn't used up in three days, throw it out and replace with fresh solution.

You can go to your local bird supply store and buy a fancy feeder if you want to, OR you can go to Dollar Tree and buy feeders for a buck apiece. Dollar Tree has had these for several years every summer.

Hummingbirds are territorial, so if you want to see a lot of them in your yard, you have to hang a lot of feeders. But, you won't be disappointed. They appear from out of nowhere and will fly around for hours, sometimes buzzing your head. They are very entertaining. I like to watch them early in the morning before the sun crests the trees and it gets hot.

Hummingbirds usually show up around here mid July to mid August, sometimes earlier. They're at my house now.

For good info on them go to www.hummingbird-guide.com
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I need to talk about something other than rallies and niggers and jews, so I'm doing a thread on these cute little guys. Anybody else feed and enjoy these tiny critters?

I'm a big gardener and have lots of plants and flowers that bees, birds, butterflies,and hummingbirds like. I started feeding them a few years ago and they are just fascinating to watch.

I used to buy the red colored sugar water to feed them, but the red dye isn't good for them. So here's a simple recipe to make and feed them:

Mix 1 part sugar to 4 parts water and bring to a boil. Let cool and pour a small amount ( no more than an inch or two inches deep per feeder) into each feeder and hang out on a tree branch, preferably in partial shade. If the solution isn't used up in three days, throw it out and replace with fresh solution.

You can go to your local bird supply store and buy a fancy feeder if you want to, OR you can go to Dollar Tree and buy feeders for a buck apiece. Dollar Tree has had these for several years every summer.

Hummingbirds are territorial, so if you want to see a lot of them in your yard, you have to hang a lot of feeders. But, you won't be disappointed. They appear from out of nowhere and will fly around for hours, sometimes buzzing your head. They are very entertaining. I like to watch them early in the morning before the sun crests the trees and it gets hot.

Hummingbirds usually show up around here mid July to mid August, sometimes earlier. They're at my house now.

For good info on them go to www.hummingbird-guide.com
They are a rarity but I saw one the other day--so fast that I barely had time to realize that's what it was.
They almost never stop moving, only living around three years.
Interesting on the dye, just like food for kids they put artificial coloring into, marketing over health.

Fun fact: hummingbirds can fly in all directions, even upside down.

I noticed one year when I planted sunflowers I had a totally different type of bee coming around. Might be varieties on hummingbirds depending on which flowers, though sugar would be universal I'd think, lol.
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Bees! I've seen very, very few bees in recent years compared to decades ago. That is, until just recently. I went for a walk in a nearby park last weekend and I saw lots and lots of honey bees. One bunch of flowers had so many bees on and around it I could barely see the plants. I started paying attention and all the way back to my house every flowering plant had many bees.

A very good sign. I've seen nothing like it for a long time. The only time I've been stung by a bee was when I was a kid, seven or eight years old, a little jerk, and purposely annoyed the bees.

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Yes, Mike, apparently the honey bees have made a comeback. When I put up the first hummingbird feeders a few weeks ago, they were covered in honeybees!!! You could hardly see the feeders. The birds didn't show up for another few days and by then the first batch of nectar had gone bad, but there have continued to be honeybees everywhere.

Now, I also see the honeybees and the larger, darker bees (I guess they're all the carpenter bees) buzzing around my flowers all day long. But I called the bird store at the Mall of Georgia and the guy said yes, he had seen tons of honeybees and had been told they've made a comeback.

I live on the edge of woods so I get all kinds of critters. A few weeks ago there was a huge black rattlesnake lurking on the ledge at the top of my carport. I nudged him with a broom and he soon slithered away. Last year I disturbed a copperhead that was napping under some magnolia leaves on the ground and I raked right over him. I stood over him for an hour trying to get my nerve up to chop his head off with a shovel but I never could. Finally, he got bored with me and slithered off into a pile of mulch. lol

I don't know where you are Emily but you have to put up at least ten feeders in your front or back yard if you want to see more than one at a time. But, put them up and they will come.
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Bees! I've seen very, very few bees in recent years compared to decades ago. That is, until just recently. I went for a walk in a nearby park last weekend and I saw lots and lots of honey bees. One bunch of flowers had so many bees on and around it I could barely see the plants. I started paying attention and all the way back to my house every flowering plant had many bees.

A very good sign. I've seen nothing like it for a long time. The only time I've been stung by a bee was when I was a kid, seven or eight years old, a little jerk, and purposely annoyed the bees.

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There are lots of programs in various States to get bees going, funding for Independent Beekeeping businesses. Without bees, no food.

I've been stung a bunch, luckily not allergic. I left a soda can sitting outside and took a drink and it was in my mouth, it had gone inside the can, and it stung my lower lip. Ouch. The few seconds of 'what the hell is happening?' more upsetting than the bee sting, lol.

Fun fact: eating locally made honey helps with allergies to local plants, if you have them. Honey trucked into Wal-Mart from another State won't do the trick.
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I live on the edge of woods so I get all kinds of critters. A few weeks ago there was a huge black rattlesnake lurking on the ledge at the top of my carport. I nudged him with a broom and he soon slithered away. Last year I disturbed a copperhead that was napping under some magnolia leaves on the ground and I raked right over him. I stood over him for an hour trying to get my nerve up to chop his head off with a shovel but I never could. Finally, he got bored with me and slithered off into a pile of mulch. lol

I don't know where you are Emily but you have to put up at least ten feeders in your front or back yard if you want to see more than one at a time. But, put them up and they will come.
Will do.

I've never seen a live rattlesnake but my back field at my prior location was loaded with the shed skin from their rattles. Only snake I saw was a huge 'rat snake' and from what I hear their bite is so 'dirty' it can kill. Shudder.

My fave observation was the barn swallows, they would get in my front porch awning every Spring and make their nests, but the cats in the area always managed to knock it down at some point, or another group of birds would take over their nest like gangbanging nigs, lol. Awful.

I tried to help them out one year by taking a pair of old jeans and some twine and making a 'nest' and screwing it into the porch awning, higher than where they'd been nesting.

The birds snubbed my nest but put theirs on top of mine, lol. That kept the cats out, but even at that the war between the two types of bird continued. The little brown and white birds would start out and get everything built up, then the blue/red/yellow ones one day would be sitting in the nest victorious, having thrown out the previous tenant and taken over their nest.
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I'm not sure the scientific evidence definitively says that red dye is really bad for hummingbirds. I have a lot of hummingbirds in my apple tree now, where most of my feeders hang. There are a few on the other side of the front yard as well.

I have been watching them and they drink some out of the feeders but they don't seem to be drinking as much or as often as they have in the past out of feeders filled with store bought, ready made, red dye colored nectar.

So, I may go buy some red dye nectar and fill some of the feeders with that.

I've tried to get some pics of them, but they're just so little the images are too tiny and indistinguishable.

I wonder why the name hummingbird was settled on, too. They make a squeaking sound actually.

I guess hummingbird does beat "squeakers".
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