Hummingbirds in N. Texas Now

By: GardenGrrl , 9:46 AM GMT on March 31, 2011

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Fill Your Feeders!

The hummingbirds have arrived to North Texas. Heard the familiar whirring earlier in the week but finally made visual confirmation.

My Black Chinned Hummers have returned.

Hooray!!!

Black Chin Hummer (GardenGrrl)
This is an older photo of the black chin hummers that come by. It's sticking it's tongue out.
Black Chin Hummer

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28. sp34n119w
9:18 PM GMT on April 08, 2011
Hiya gg! Remember, whilst house hunting, to maintain that diplomacy dike -
Tim Minchin's Storm, the Animated Movie has been released ;)
(much NSFW/WU language)
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27. sandiquiz
5:56 PM GMT on April 08, 2011
Happy Friday to you .... hope the work-week went well, and you have a successful weekend.... house hunting?

I have decided to house decorate! The last time it was done it was when "floral" was popular, and shades of dusky pink!! I have hated it for over 10 years, so now is the time to mute, and declutter - both with decorations and in general!!
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26. BriarCraft
5:15 PM GMT on April 08, 2011
Keeping my fingers crossed on the house bid.

I put up the 3rd feeder for the rufous hummers yesterday, so 2 feeders only did the job for a couple of days. The females are back now, so the males have turned up their natural aggressiveness a notch. It's Top Gun all over again now for a couple of months. I made boiled 2 quarts of sugar-water last night and put it in a jug in the fridge. We'll see how long that lasts.

Are your black-chins getting more numerous, too?

Pet finches for your cockatiel. Love it!
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25. plapman
12:56 PM GMT on April 08, 2011
Good Morning GardenGrrl.
Thanks for sending some of our birds back. The Canada Geese have returned and I've hears crows. I haven't seen a robin yet but I'm sure thier on thier way.
Enjoy your day
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24. Ylee
1:31 PM GMT on April 07, 2011
Hoping you have a nice restful day, today, unless you're doing something fun!
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23. Proserpina
6:29 PM GMT on April 06, 2011
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22. BriarCraft
5:01 PM GMT on April 05, 2011
I bought a 25-pound bag of sugar while at the store yesterday. Not for canning. For hummers.

Time to put up the 2nd feeders now. In a couple more weeks, a 3rd one will be added. Going through a cup of sugar-water in a day and a half right now.

This is nesting country for Rufous hummers. The males have been here for a couple of weeks, but the females are just starting to arrive. When they have babies in their nests in May-June, both parents are frantic to keep them fed.
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21. Ylee
12:12 PM GMT on April 05, 2011
GG, I made a mistake regarding hummingbirds; we have ruby-throated hummingbirds, not rufous.
Hope you have a restful day today!
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20. plapman
2:55 PM GMT on April 03, 2011
Good Morning GardenGrrl.
Send 2 tickits. lol
It always seems when you start culling stuff and it's gone you need it the next day.
Enjoy your day
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19. Proserpina
12:36 PM GMT on April 03, 2011
Yes, I had W's poem in mind when I did the art exercise.
The daffodils are actually from my garden.

I looked at the photo of the hummer. That's one looooooong tongue, the better to draw in all of that nice nectar.
I guess it is time for me to start making the sugar syrup to entice the hummers this summer.

I hope you have a sunny and happy day.
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18. Ylee
9:48 AM GMT on April 03, 2011
GG, nothing like playing hard during the day and then going to work! I'm feeling it right now, having gone in at 3 this afternoon! Glad I have only a 10 minute drive home!
Take care, and don't work too hard!(Too late!)
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17. GardenGrrl
9:42 AM GMT on April 03, 2011
Hi Prose,
it looks like you wrangled up a few of the daffodils from Wordsworths? poem.

Hi Gams,
Thanks. Cool graphic, I love anything colorful and or shiny.

Hi Plapman, Glad you and Abby got to go out and play. Have not seen any hummers since the other morning.

Hi Sandi, The week sure does fly by. You must be especially busy right now.

Boy am tired. Worked hard and played hard this
weekend. Will post pictures of the playin next week.
Time to wrap up and hit the hay. It's a regular working day this evening.

Lot's of bluebonnets out so hope you get a chance to enjoy spring flowers.

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16. sandiquiz
8:06 AM GMT on April 03, 2011
It i s already Sunday?
The last few days have flown by so quickly!

Just wanted to wish you a great week, and a "fun" time in the bat cave! :)))
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15. plapman
2:11 PM GMT on April 02, 2011
Good Morning GardenGrrl
Abey and me managed to get out yesterday. We wnent early and missed the showers. Looks like it will be the same for today.
Enjoy your day and keep an eye open for those Hummers.
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14. seflagamma
1:49 PM GMT on April 02, 2011
Good morning GG,

Happy Saturday to you.


graphic art
Weekend graphics comment
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13. Proserpina
12:51 PM GMT on April 02, 2011
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12. GardenGrrl
7:30 AM GMT on April 02, 2011
Good Morning All,
Just a quick stop in the blogs. Have to get up "early" to go to Sherman and visit my friend the wood-worker to finish the project we started.

Hi Calpoppy, that's right you get the orioles! They are so cool. I think I live in the country vicariously through your blog posts.

Hi Plapman, looks like more showers in your future. Supposed Abbeys a too big to play fetch with in the house.

Hi Sp, was wondering where you have been on the blogs. Haven't seen you anywhere. The hummingbird web cam is waaay cool! Spent a good portion of the morning watching it, pointing and saying "Look, look!" to my poor spouse who had to sit there patiently because I control the mouse. Division of power; remote yours, mouse mine.

Hi Ylee, another blogger on the Northwest Coast gets those guys too. Have never seen one in Texas. Isn't it amazing how cranky those little birds are? The aerial dogfights are kind of fun to watch though.

Hi Shore, Glad you are getting your Mom some bird TV. It's one of my favorite shows along with sky TV. I find around here that blacksunflower seeds and safflower seeds get me the prettiest song birds.

If you buy a bulk bag of cheap blacksunflower seeds, a bulk bag of safflower and mix the two yourself it is about half the price of buying it pre-mixed.

Still waiting to see what happens with the offers on the two houses. I have been picking houses not only by layout and price but by "birdwatchability" from the yard.
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11. shoreacres
2:07 AM GMT on April 02, 2011
Evening, GG ~ No hummers here that I've seen, but when the Cape Honeysuckle starts to bloom they'll stop by for a look.

The best news is that I've finally enticed some birds to Mom's place. She enjoys watching them, but doesn't much care for - oh, you know. Putting seed out and all that. ;-) So, I got some seed, and dragged out an old hanging platform feeder, and now we've got red finches galore, which I've never seen here. Of course there are sparrows and doves, but yesterday a cardinal pair showed up, so it could be a good spring.

Tomorrow I'm going to get another feeder, and see what else I can entice. Her apartment is on the other side of the building, and much closer to brush and trees, so it makes sense that she'd be the ones getting the birds. I do get the bluejays, though, and get to watch the osprey, so it's a good trade.

Oh - and tonight just before sunset I figured out what's been scattered the outdoor kitty food around - starlings! They've been having a whee of a time.

There's a new stray cat around, too, that looks like a reverse image of Calliope - where she was white, it's black, and where she was black, it's white. Maybe part of the family. It's wild and runs like the dickens, but we'll see how things go. It's a pretty thing.

Here endeth the wildlife report for the day!
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10. Ylee
1:34 AM GMT on April 02, 2011
Hi, GG! We have Rufous hummingbirds here in Ky.(they haven't got here yet), and those little suckers ARE territorial, making agitated little noises while battling over the feeders!
So, is the new house what you're looking for? You weren't too happy with the layout of the last few you looked at. I hope for your sake this is the one! It's been a long, strange trip for you so far! :)
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9. sp34n119w
6:05 PM GMT on April 01, 2011
Hiya gg! I missed commenting on the cons you went to ... to be honest, it may have been jealousy kept me silent ;)
The World Sci-Fi Con is in Reno this summer. *sigh* So close and yet so far! Closer than Australia, anyway, lol
I might try to make The Amazing Meeting this year. Vegas is just a hop away.

We have hummers pretty much all year but there are more (more types, I guess) now. Here's a hummer nest where the two babies are now almost too big to fit! There's an advertisement, first :(

The house sounds good! I hope this is The One :)

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8. plapman
2:07 PM GMT on April 01, 2011
Good Morning GardenGrrl
It looks like me and Abbey will be housebound today. I don't mind walking in summer shoers but early spring ones are just too cold.
Have a great day
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7. calpoppy
1:02 PM GMT on April 01, 2011
Our hummers just arrived along with the first oriole, they must have been traveling together! Good luck on the house, neat that it backs up to woods, more critters to see. Or maybe more critters to munch the garden, lol. We have been live t rapping the big california ground squirrels and moving them a few miles down the road. They are destructive critters and we have to many!
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6. GardenGrrl
8:52 AM GMT on April 01, 2011
Good Morning All,

Yes, the weather is beautifull in N. Texas.
This will last until June. Then comes HOT.
Okay, once again am scoping out a house. It is on the top side of what I want to pay. It backs up to a wooded greenbelt. Hopefully they will take the bid and it passes a home inspection.

Hi Plapman, yes indeed you have the honorable first place spot on the blog porch. You now have your choice of a virtual drink and snacks.

Hi Briarcraft, the Rufous are neat looking hummers. Are they super territorial like my black chins? We have nick named them the "Fighting Finches". The finch part is because the sound they make resembles my cage finches when they are quarrelling.
The cage finches are actually the elderly cockatiels
pets. She is much calmer when she has some other birds next to her...but not Sydney.

Hi Gams, Well you have Butterfly World nearby which more than makes up for a lack of wild hummingbirds. I would end up trying to get a job there if I lived near that place.

Hi Sandi, we get those moths too. We call them Sphinx moths and they come from these great big green hornworm caterpillars. And yes, my heart has gone all a flutter sighting one and then , psyche, it's a moth.

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5. sandiquiz
8:30 AM GMT on April 01, 2011
GG - wishing you a happy and healthy April - full of new home searching vibes!

White Rabbits and Happy Month to you all:)

White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits to you :)
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4. sandiquiz
9:22 PM GMT on March 31, 2011
I have only ever seen a humming bird in a picture, or on TV... but I have seem a hummingbird moth - honest!


Not my photo, because when I saw it I didn't have a camera capable of taking such a shot - but if one comes back to the garden this year........?

Time for bed here - goodnight!
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3. seflagamma
8:54 PM GMT on March 31, 2011
I love hummingbirds and I have tried to get them to my garden here for 25 yrs...
I plant all the right plants, I have the feeders and water and cover...

I have seen maybe 2 in the "wild" in 32 yrs I've been here...

I just don't think they go over my area in their migration, perhaps they hug the western coast more than easter coast of Florida.

Jewels of the Sky! Thank goodness Butterfly World has a bunch of them to see in their exibition!
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2. BriarCraft
4:22 PM GMT on March 31, 2011
The Rufous hummers arrive here every year between the 19th and 23rd. This year was no exception. Even though it barely seems springlike this year, they were right on schedule. Since they need gnats and other small flying insects for protein, and I haven't seen any of those, I wonder how they survive. I provide sugar-water, but that has -0- protein. With your warm weather, I'm guessing your little Black Chins have plenty to eat. I see you even got one to pose for you.
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1. plapman
1:42 PM GMT on March 31, 2011
Good Morning GardenGrrl. Wow a first
Your away ahead of us here on the prairie no strawberries in sight but the tulips are starting to push thier way up.
It is a goood walk. Abbey loves it. It the summer I unleash her just after the curve and the gopher abd bunny hunting begins. Sometimes I loose her in the long grass but 1 whistle bring her running back to me. She'll even break a bunny chase when she heres the whistleShe sure is a good dog
Have a great day
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