Saturday, May 21, 2016

Coastal BC Birds: Hummingbird Feeding Frenzy

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds at Hole in the Wall on Powell Lake, BC
Up until this year we've been reluctant to use bird feeders at the cabin. We were afraid the birds would become dependent on them and that would make traveling away from home difficult. But this year we gave in and started using a seed feeder and a hummingbird feeder.

The hummingbird feeder was such a success we now have two to keep up with the birds' feeding frenzies. Click below to see them in action.



Do you use bird feeders? What has been your biggest success? -- Margy

16 comments:

  1. Wow - amazing. We had a Varied Thrush at our seed feeder this week - amazingly pretty bird.

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    1. I can hear a Varied Thrush around the cabin but have seen it only once several years ago. Wish it would come back. - Margy

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  2. I don't have much luck with hummingbirds but my Mom does a few blocks away. I seem to attract the gold finches as buy feed especially for them - pretty sure the same little family brings their kids back year after year. They arrived a few weeks ago but they migrate in the winter so I only put my feeder out after we got home from Spain. They all come together, 4 or 5 at the feeder at the same time, always with one sitting on top as the lookout. I haven't gotten any good pictures this year but will keep trying.

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    1. I looked it up, a gold finch is a pretty bird. Haven't seen any near us. What kind of food do they prefer? - Margy

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  3. Hello, I love your hummer video. It is awesome. I usually only see a few hummers at my feeders. If I were there, I would be there watching them all the time. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    1. I've been away for a week and the feeders are empty. I need to get them filled again to encourage more visitors. - Margy

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  4. I love to watch the Hummers. Very entertaining.
    MB

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    1. It seemed like a one time event. Maybe we were just lucky to catch a passing swarm. - Margy

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  5. We have the same concerns about feeding birds. Like you we have a hummingbird feeder but once we have enough flowers in bloom we wean them over to nature.

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    1. We don't have many flowers around the cabin so I'll keep mine up until there are no more takers. - Margy

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  6. We hang up Hummingbird feeders, and love to watch them. We get the most birds in the early Autumn when Hummingbirds that have been farther north stop by on their way south while our summer birds are still with us. We love them!
    A friend of mine travels a lot, and she gets her sister-in-law to come re-fill the feeders while she is gone.

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    1. Wish we had a nearby neighbour! - Margy

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  7. I don't get many hummers, just a few. My seed feeders in the winter are very popular, as are suet cakes. I have to remove those in April because of b-e-a-r-s!

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    1. We are lucky that bears don't come down our granite cliff stairs. They are only up in the brushy areas where there's more food for them. - Margy

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  8. How lovely, we don't get hummingbirds here, but we have plenty of other birds. We keep a book to hand ready to identify any strangers that drift in. The birds keep us amused for hours xxx

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    1. I keep a log of birds, critters, garden events, etc., at the cabin. I'm always looking back to see differences from year to year. - Margy

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