Ruby-throated Hummingbird Calls
I had great luck attracting hummingbirds with Cuphea - also known as Hummingbird's lunch, or Cigar plant.
Last year I had 3 hummingbirds that came around to my feeder
Jerk Bird- Only one to perch and drink at his leisure because he chased everything else away
Paranoid Bird- Would always hover with his back to the wall and looked around between sips
Sneaky Bird- Would only come to the feeder while Jerk Bird was chasing Paranoid Bird away
During the chase, the super fast beating of their wings sound like a light saber duel
Yes, I tried putting multiple feeders out of sight from one another, but Jerk Bird would always perch on a high branch or power line so he could watch over all 3
I have been so excited to see the hummingbirds return! This is our second year of having feeders (3) for them. We have an unusual problem with the feeders though, they also attract bears! They have come "visiting" during the night, and have torn my hummer feeders and suet feeders all to pieces. I was able to patch together one, but it didn't have a hanger, so I set it on the ground among my crepe myrtle multi-stem tree - and they found it! Another spare feeder was purple, but with a red ribbon bow, they like that one too! When I am working on these projects, I could hear them zizzing back and forth above my head, curiously trying to see what I am doing. What fun they are! Oh, we decided to bring the feeders in at night, and put them out early in the morning! So far so good!
Olga in NJ, there is only one type of hummer on the east coast. What you're seeing is a male and female Ruby Throat. The female doesn't have the red throat.
I was hanging a feeder one day and heard a buzzing in my ear. Thinking it was a bee I jumped back just in time to see hummer make a "beeline" to the feeder I had just hung up. He was evidently letting me know that I was taking entirely too much time hanging up his lunch.
I read the post and editorial comment regarding hummingbirds in north eastern Oklahoma and considered it appropriate for us, as well.
I’m watching the Cardinals and the Hummingbirds this morning. I’m easily entertained.
I’m still learning and I don’t know how to tell the difference between male and female hummingbirds. I will certainly continue watching and learning.
I live in central New Jersey. First time I've heard this churping sound from hummingbird I was so surprised ! I grow several varieties of huneysuckle vines , most of them with red and orange flowers and two different hummers visit the vines : ruby throat hummers and the other ones that I am not sure of what they called. So if I sit quetly on my deck 5- 6 feet away from the vine -- I can hear hummingbird making that churp-churp sound ! I think it is the one without the red spot in the throat that makes this call, but I am not too sure.
I live in New Smyrna Beach FL and we have them year round here but more during the winter months. We just love watching them.
I live in Huntington Beach, CA. I have been watching hummingbirds for several years. Last week I was surprised when I saw 2 birds buzzing round and round each other. One landed on the tip of a bird of paradise leaf with his or her beak pointed upward. The other hummingbird flew back and forth then they touched beaks. This went on for a couple of hours. Simply loved watching them.
Hi Margie. I just read your comment on hummingbirds eating out of your hands. What a thrill! How did you manage that?
I have them in my backyard here in the upstate New York. I have patiently waited for four weeks and finally one is eating from my hand!!! His name is Tiny Tim ❤️