I have had my feeders out for over a month now and have not seen the first hummingbird. I live in Indialantic, in Brevard county. I keep the feeders clean and fresh nectar but just haven't had any luck. What else can I do?
You can start planting for hummers. Cuphea ignea, passionvine, coral honeysuckle, red shrimp plant, perennial salvias like black and blue salvia and hot lips salvia are among the plants you can put in.
My hummers acted like they were cats and cuphea ignea was catnip!
Also consider: foxglove, salvia elegans, cypress vine (seeds available at Lowes), lantana camara, buddleia davidii, and hibiscus syriacus
Hummer55, Don't give of hope but as I have mentioned several times! Here in FL the greater probability of Hummers in central and south FL is during the winter months. Late Sep. through Mar. There are folks that are lucky to have them throught the summer months but that is the exception rather than the 'rule'. Joe M. Lakeland
I'm new tonight and boy do I feel "dumb." Moved to Ft. Myers from NC, and put up my hummingbird feeder 2 weeks ago! Finally googled "Hummingbirds Ft. Myers" and found this site! What was I thinking? Missing my Raleigh hummers! But at least now I know to take down my feeder and try again at the right time of year! I hope I'm not the only one who has done this! The neighbors must think I'm nuts! : )
Yes you may find Hummers on the sparse side down here in Fl. NC in the summer is one of their 'playgrounds'. My experience has been that unlike up the Appalachian range where feeders will generally attract them, here its the natural flowers first and feeders second. Spring migration is usually not as productive as fall migration. In the spring they are all intent on moving north as soon as possible. In the fall they will spend more time bulking up for the trip across the Gulf. Plus we are getting more birds that seem to be happy spending the winters in FL rather than continuing on. Joe M. Lakeland
Post by hummingbird231 on Jun 6, 2011 14:04:37 GMT -5
I keep my feeders up all year round. It's just a little work changing the feeders so often. I mostly use the little tube feeders, using them works best for me so i don't waste the nectar, since they are so small and I just change it every 2 or 3 days. I wouldn't worry about what my neighbors think . It's fun feeding all the birds. I have 2 ruby throats right now, cardinals, finch and woodpeckers that come to my other feeders and blue birds nesting in their box. Hope you see lots and lots of hummers. ;D Linda
Oh,,,,,,,,, I learned something new too! I was wondering where all my hummers went to! In the early spring I had at least 20 hummers buzzing around, but even now in the heat, I still see one or two.,, so don't give up there still might be one or two nearby.