This morning 7 am this newer little Hummingbird showed up. She spent a good 5 minutes on this Fire Spike bush. This week I notice they came out around 7 am. I do see them flying around up to 4 pm everyday.
A month ago the first one showed up. My wife felt there was a few others this week.
They do spend the day's flying and visiting different plants around the home. It's a pleasure to see them fly in figure eight's.
This morning I purchased two more feeder's. I just started to set up the third one. I looked and one of the Hummingbirds already checked it out in less then 2 minutes.
Hopefully one day I will get a movie of them outside instead of pictures through the window. Click on movie below it played on my media player.
I started the Butterfly and Hummingbird plants Spring of 2012. I wish I new more about this years ago. I continue to add more plants and seeds.
I started with native plants to help polinate my Hydro, Aeroponic, and garden plants.
Adding the native plants have been the best investment around the home. The joy of the butterfly's and now my first Hummingbirds.
The Cassia plant I feel helped with bringing in the Hummingbirds. This plant was a small twig and it turned out to be the best plant of all of them this spring. I'm waiting for the seed pods to turn brown so I can try to plant them.
Very nice pictures and your doing all the right things! Only comment I have is don't put more than a 1/4 cup of sugar solution in a feeder until you know you have more than enough hummers to support providing more! Since the sugar solution goes 'bad' in about 3-4 days in FL, there is no point in wasting sugar 'solution. Joe M. Lakeland, FL
Thanks Joe appreciate the comment. I did add another feeder and purchased the clear Pennington ElectroNectar Hummingbird food with Electrolytes Just like flowers on the label. I'm changing the red liquid after reading comments. I will switch to sugar 1-4 in the future. Also cleaning the feeders and not filling them full of liquid. I have noticed more Hummingbirds coming from other areas around the home.
I had my first Hummingbird with Red on it yesterday. The Hummingbirds are feeding within 8 feet of me when I'm outside. One came within four feet of my kitchen window while I had it opened. Trying to get better pictures but seems to be an issue with my Digital camera. Enjoying the Hummingbirds with the Butterfly's and birds. Have A Great Holiday Season, Cliff
Post by floridagardener on Dec 26, 2012 9:08:18 GMT -5
Cliff - Congrats on your Ruby-throated hummers. The adult males have the shiny red throats! I, too, live in Sebastian and have been hosting hummers for a number of years. In fact, the birds I have typically come to visit my nectar plants and feeders off and on during the day, but I suspect they also visit other yards as well.
Also for your information ... In the late Spring and most of Summer, there are a few Ruby-throated hummers that breed and raise young here. They don't use the feeders as much then, but will use nectar plants.
From your photos and video , it looks like you have a nice butterfly and hummingbird friendly yard. The more nectar plants, the more visitiors, IMHO! Thanks for sharing your birds!
Post by Faye Estes on Jan 20, 2020 10:17:29 GMT -5
I am working on a Hummingbird program for the Garden Club and just found out Hummingbirds are here all year around. I do not have a humming bird garden myself but am planing on doing a Butterfly, Humming Bird Garden. If anyone has more information on HUmmingbirds in IRC and the fact the Ruby-throated breed and raise their young here. Such interesting info for an old local and 4th generation IRC resident. I’m learning everyday!