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Our new place is near Lake Texoma and the hummingbirds here are thick like flies.  I hung four feeders in the spring and soon the place was a zippity chicken battleground amongst the Ruby-throats and the Black-chinned.  This morning I found one in distress.   The poor lil guy had gotten into some spider webbing and was all tangled up around his feet and was dragging around a nice little payload which made it very easy to catch him.  So I brought him in flipped him upside down and started gently untangling his lil footsies.  Hard to believe what a mess he had gotten into.  Once that was done, it was time for some obligatory cuddle time with his favorite human.   Took him back out to the feeder and he stepped up and flew off.   What a cutie.   One of those once-in-a-lifetime encounters, although this is actually my third time playing with a little hummer.

 

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I've never seen a hummingbird except in videos etc because we don't have them over here- but they're usually zipping about so quickly you don't get a good look at them. They are beautiful birds!

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Here's the mob outside my work window.  I have three other feeders up and it's the same at all of them.  I sometimes feel like a I have a swarm of gnat or flies around my head.    It's weird about the video capture, it really slows their wings beats down as I believe the frame rate is only catching ever x number of beats, so it makes it look like the wings are slower than they actually are.  

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We see a few hummers in early spring, they love the annual flowers I put out early; but never had one stick around for the glucose feeder.  Sort of sad, since I get such a joy in seeing them.  I must have neighbors with a better set up for them.  lol

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@TimbersmomI am so happy you have your hummers!  I won't give up trying! 

I feel I have all the right plants/flowers, lots of bees, no natural predators in my yard, and I do keep the red glass feeder very clean and change the sugar water often. 

Delighted with your success this year!  :)

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I only had 1-2 when we lived in Allen last year.   Up here I have probably 12-15, maybe more.   It's location location location.   We now live by a giant lake with lots of foresty areas around.   Seems like a hummingbird habitat along with a lot of other birds.   Got lucky I guess.

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