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Post Posted: 12:36pm - Apr 24,17 
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Musky Baits wrote:
Thanks for the very informative and fun reading.
I had no idea there was such a thing as a hummingbird season.
Is there a migratory stamp purchase needed to participate?
Is baiting them considered ethical?
And what is the daily bag limit?


:bigyuck :rotflmao

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Post Posted: 04:35pm - Apr 24,17 
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PUt my feeder out yesterday. Keeping a watch.

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Post Posted: 07:22pm - Apr 24,17 
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It's been fun watching them when you refill the feeders in the past few years when you see them sitting on the tree branches or buzzing you. Still havent had one land on me, but I hear it happens when they get confortable.

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Post Posted: 12:55pm - May 1,17 
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Journey North Hummingbird Migration News: April 28, 2017 by Mary Hosier
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spri ... 42817.html

Getting Down to Business
Many hummingbirds have arrived at their breeding grounds where the females are busy with nest-building chores. The migration is in full force now with many reporting earlier than average first sightings, including one in Nova Scotia that rode the southern wind in mid-April.
"Single male. Earliest sighting for 15 years."
Madison, Wisconsin on April 24th.
"We saw a male ruby-throat briefly out the living room window. It flew to where we usually have a feeder. It was a warm day. Then we got 4" of snow overnight. Haven't seen it again."
Sydney, Nova Scotia on April 16th.

Next Update May 5, 2017
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The migration maps from Journey North, http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm ... g2017.html and
Lanny Chambers, http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html
show Hummers everywhere, but none here in Algonquin yet. All I can think of is keep 'em clean, keep 'em full, keep 'em happy and they'll be here...........Murph810

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Post Posted: 06:25am - May 2,17 
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I would think this cold front is going to slow them down

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Post Posted: 07:00pm - May 4,17 
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Hummingbird Migration News: May 5, 2017
Journey North Hummingbird Migration News: May 5, 2017 by Mary Hosier

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spri ... 50517.html

Migrants Looking for Nectar
Hummingbirds burn a lot of fuel. When it's cold, or they're out of food, they survive by going into torpor. Spring weather continues to see-saw with a heat wave in the eastern U.S. with winds carrying birds up into Nova Scotia. In the West and Midwest it was a different story where storms and cold weather brought just a few new birds.

Cold Temperatures and Torpor
During sudden cold weather, hummingbirds can go into a sleep-like state called torpor. During torpor the tiny bird's body temperature drops and their heart rate slows from 500 beats per minute to less than 50 beats. Torpid birds appear to be asleep until it warms up and their body systems go back to normal. This often takes about an hour.

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Looking at the maps linked below, you'd think we would be knee deep in Hummers.
Journey North Migration Map
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm ... g2017.html
Lanny Chambers Migration Map
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

Journey North logs First sightings, Chambers has his own system which shows the spread of Hummers. [FAQ's below the map linked above: "Reports are mapped if they illustrate migration progress, and fit without reducing legibility."]

For the last 8 days, Journey North has only 3 or 4 listings for the Chicagoland area. None of this is unusual. We hung our feeders a little early this year but don't expect our first sighting until the third week in May as has happened for most of our 19-20 years of Hummering. Life is good.........Murph810

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Post Posted: 06:44am - May 9,17 
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Just had our first hummingbird about 5 minutes ago...might have been around for a day or so but we have had feeders out for years so I think they knew where to go for eats...

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Post Posted: 04:08pm - May 11,17 
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Hummingbird Migration News: May 12, 2017 by Mary Hosier
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spri ... 51217.html

Reaching Peak
A surge of sightings reported this week. The leading edge has moved to 44°N, with some birds moving up the Atlantic Coast into the Canadian Maritimes.

Arriving at Feeders
It was a wet, and cooler than normal week across the Great Lakes region and up into New England. The weather, however, didn't seem to deter the migration. Skies cleared, wind shifted to the south, and Ruby-throats were reported in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Nova Scotia.

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http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/humm ... g2017.html

Next Update May 19th, 2017
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From 5 May thru 10 May the Illinois listings show about 25 first sightings.
Today at 1130 we saw our first Hummer, a full grown female using the feeder..........At 345 we saw our second, a male with a beautiful, full gorget also feeding. This is about 2 weeks earlier than we usually see our first. Our other two feeders will be up after dinner. Tomorrow, another bag o sugar.

If Mother Nature keeps up the good work, the best is yet to come in the Chitown area...........Murph810

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Post Posted: 05:23pm - May 11,17 
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6:00AM saw a female at one feeder and 6:00 pm a male at another feeder. Looks like they are moving thru. I'm in Cary.

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Post Posted: 06:59pm - May 11,17 
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Had a female come in a few times on the patio today while I was watching the golf tournament.She was a little skittish with me being out there but should settle down the more she sees me.

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Post Posted: 08:10pm - May 12,17 
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Ok, I promise to clean and fill the feeder this weekend. Thought one of them buzzed me letting the new puppy out this morning a 5am, so maybe they are trying to tell me something.

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Post Posted: 03:40pm - May 13,17 
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WSJ that reminds me of last year, I was a little late and was sitting on the patio and one came up about four feet away looking at me like hey I'm hungry.

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Post Posted: 04:32pm - May 13,17 
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My first ones showed up yesterday. I put fresh food in today, and now I have a few hanging around. Tomorrow I will put out a second feeder.

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Post Posted: 08:34am - May 14,17 
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Females showed up yesterday and the Orioles this morning...

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Post Posted: 07:37am - May 15,17 
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Had a quick fly-by 5/12 have not seen any since. 2 feeders out .

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Post Posted: 04:24pm - May 15,17 
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Females in Grayslake.

My tips - 1/4 cup sugar in hot water(microwave 1 min) change Wed and Saturday - do not use soap to wash - seems to turn them off. Rinse regular water each fill - use bleach water when dirty/moldy. Put it somewhere where you can sit and watch :)

Best feeder: https://www.menards.com/main/grocery-pe ... oreId=3085

Features: Glass- easy to clean-ant moat- pretty red - $7 - hummers like them :)

Happy watching!! Love to see them out the window of the home office.

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Post Posted: 03:41pm - May 17,17 
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As usual, no sightings in my hood. Too urban I guess although one or two should show up in June or July. I keep changing the feed and hoping :?

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Post Posted: 01:44pm - May 18,17 
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My daughter and I put up a feeder about a week ago. First time we've put one up. We've had multiple sightings of both male and female hummingbirds. The big surprise was when the Northern Oriole showed up. I've never seen one in my yard before. Beautiful bird. Also saw a Scarlet Tanager in the yard. Very good looking bird.

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Post Posted: 03:03pm - May 18,17 
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ThunderStick wrote:
My daughter and I put up a feeder about a week ago. First time we've put one up. We've had multiple sightings of both male and female hummingbirds. The big surprise was when the Northern Oriole showed up. I've never seen one in my yard before. Beautiful bird. Also saw a Scarlet Tanager in the yard. Very good looking bird.


Wow. Yours is one of the best first ever feeder successes I have ever heard of. Good job Dad, she has to think you're another John James Audobon. She'll never forget it...........Murph810

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Post Posted: 09:27am - May 20,17 
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I'll be darned, had a female show up at my feeder today!

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