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Hummingbirds are in Ohio

Discussion in 'Michigan Non-Game Animals, Plants, and Scenery' started by ebijack, Apr 16, 2018 at 5:48 AM.

  1. ebijack

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    Time to get a feeder or two out/ready.
    I got lucky this weekend, got a photo of a male and a female red belly. Out the kitchen window.

    IMG_0453 (Large).JPG Male red bellie (1) (Large).JPG
     
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    those are some funny looking hummingbirds.
     
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    And Indiana. Slowly and Shirley.
     
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    I recently learned of an additive, from a distant relative, that has nutrients she adds to her sugar water. She has 5 hummers consistantly thru the few seasons she has lived near the river. Her boyfriend finds it at a ‘dollar’ type store. She uses well water at her location. All I use is tap water and cane sugar. I increase the sugar ratio in spring and fall. Anyone seen a product like I described?? Thanks.
     
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    I've tried the extra sugar but it only makes the water get moldy much faster. We don't get enough Hummingbirds to empty the feeders daily like other folks.
    But, last year we also planted Black and bloom plants, red salvia plants. The Humming birds feed off those at a much longer time than our water feeders.
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    Blue would not be a color I would
    have thought they would be attracted to. Color blind birds?
     
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    I don’t put out the stronger mix too long. Gives them more after their long migration, then in fall before they go south. Rest of summer it’s 4:1.
     
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    ebijack-are those two native to Michigan? And, are they perennials?
     
  10. ebijack

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    MS'er unclered turned me onto to them.
    Around me, the flower centers only sell them in the spring. Or till they run out. I have to wait to see if they come back. Some black and blue (original plants) and some black and bloom (same but larger plant hybrid, slavia's also) say in some area's they can come back. Others they do not.
    A friend in Holly plants popcorn flowers and cigar flowers. They have more HB's visit those plants than the salvia's.
    So this year, I'll be planting all of them.
    Sure is easier than filling/cleaning water feeders.
    And like mentioned, the HB's spend time at each open flower. And they know when they can visit again to get more nectar. Much better viewing them at the flowers than the water feeders time wise.
    When/if they show up and the flowers are not ready, then they go to the water feeders.