This Rufous has been around on and off for over a month. Last time he was here was on the 6th of Mar., prior to that it had been 8 days since he was in the yard. No idea where he has spent the interim days but this is the latest I have had a western hummer in my yard. Joe M. Lakeland
I am new to trying to attract Hummingbirds here in south Lakeland, Fl. 2 weeks with feeders up, nothing. when I lived in Central Michigan the 2 HB feeders outside attracted many, many HB's and it was delightful to watch. So I am hopeful I will get to see at least one here on my feeder. Trying to learn how to attract them. In MI all you had to do was hang up some feeders but not so here.
nuresjg, I was hoping you had a late spring Rufous but that is not the case. MI and FL are worlds apart in hummingbird activity. The "summer months" in our northern states including MI abound in hummingbird activity. Hummingbirds in FL are much less common, so regardless of how many nectar plants you provide for them or how many feeders you "maintain" for them you may be disappointed. The simple truth is that you can't attract a bird that isn't around to be attracted to your yard or feeders. In the past 40 years I have never seen more than a few, (very few, 1-2) hummingbirds here in S. Lakeland during the summer months. The winter months provide a better opportunity to attract them since we normally have 4-6 hummers spending the winters with us. In addition to the Ruby-throats we also have occasional over wintering western hummingbirds, Rufous and Black-chinned, and more unlikely an Allen's and a Calliope. I'm still expecting to see a Buff-bellied but that hasn't happened!
Not sure where you live in the area but if you wish to attract hummers concentrate on growing plants that bloom in our winter months and also having your feeders up in the winter here in FL. Best advise I can give and thanks for your post and comment.