2023 Hummingbird forum

The males have the ruby throat. The females look identical but without the ruby.

I’ve only seen females at my feeders. I’ve yet to see a male.

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towelkingdom–

I looked at a map showing the ruby throated bird’s area. It is clear to me that you are exactly right. One site said four types could be found in Missouri, but the map they provided certainly did not indicate that.

Thank you!

–Bill

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I think there’s a potential to see hummingbirds that aren’t native to our area during their migration, but if it happens it’s really rare.

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After watching your videos, there is only one thing to be done:

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Here are a couple more videos from this evening. The first is a hummingbird on her feeder and a nuthatch on the suet feeder. The second is a few minutes later with a downey.

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You need to get some of that Ozark “Shine” to put in your feeders like posted by @OzarkMountainMan :rofl: Good clear stuff…

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I thought I’d try setting up my OG Telephoto camera to watch my hummingbird feeder. The image is out of focus.

The camera is about 22 inches from the feeder. Does anyone know what the focal length is for that camera. I didn’t see it in the specs.

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I had set one up at my mom’s, which was about 8’ away from her bird bath. I knew I couldn’t get too much closer or it would be out of focus. Just keep moving yours back until you get it into focus. Then you’ll know.

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Thanks for the info. But, moving the camera back is not really an option. It is mounted on my house. I would have to move to feeder out into the yard and I like the current location. It allows me to look see the feeder from my chair. :smile:

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…and a little bluesier take. :slight_smile:

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My feeder is seeing steady action from before sunrise until after sunset. And today I confirmed that there are at least 2 little hummers making stops. :blush:

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mvb–

The activity on my feeders has dropped way off for some reason. Instead of 80-100, I am down to about 20. I don’t know what’s going on, we are a long way from the height of the season.

Maybe I upset them, afterall, they are pretty flighty.

–Bill

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Nice. Wow, the one @:46 reminded me of one of mine.
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All–

Our birds have practically disappeared. We are down to 15-20. I don’t know why. We are nowhere near the height of the season. For example, here is a video from July of last year (2022) . . .

If you know why they may have disappeared early, please let me know!

–OzarkMountainMan

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Today’s hummingbirds (6/9/23).

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So cool. You’re gonna need a bigger feeder!

We have very few hummingbirds in Illinois. I might have seen a total of 5, and some of those might have been the same birds.

I wonder why. I’m not seeing them like I used to. I need to change the water in my feeder.
I lived in southern IL as a kid.

I’m still seeing my regular visitors, but I saw a different kind of visitor this morning. :chipmunk:

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mvb–

A true acrobat!

–OzarkMountainMan

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