Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 40 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2


Author
Search for:
Message

Offline
Chitown-Angler

Joined: 11:48am - Feb 11,03
Posts: 338
Location: Chicago bordered North, South & East

Post Posted: 03:16pm - Aug 19,20 
Top  
Lately both yellow jackets and bald face hornets have been visiting the feeder. Even had a bumblebee for a few days but that did not bother any hummers at all. In fact once they were both feeding on the same station at the same time. The bald face hornets are the real trouble makers. Although they will chase away yellow jackets they also are aggressive to the hummers. If I want to be sporting I will use a cut long thin rubber band and smack them when on the feeder. I even got a few in mid flight once. The easiest method is to fill a spray bottle with vinegar as have a medium wide spray setting. It will knock both yellow jackets and bald face hornets to the ground but only for a few seconds so you need to stomp them pretty quickly or keep spraying with vinegar until they are fully soaked. Any vinegar on the station evaporates pretty quickly and the hummers do not seem to be bothered at all.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 06:16pm - Mar 6,05
Posts: 1634
Location: Wadsworth, Illinois

Post Posted: 06:16pm - Aug 19,20 
Top  
Great info...thanks

_________________
-Kevin

Keep your stick on the ice!!!-----Red Green

Proud son of a Civilian Conservation Corps. member and following in his footsteps!

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler

Joined: 03:19pm - Nov 24,06
Posts: 850
Location: Lombard

Post Posted: 07:55pm - Aug 19,20 
Top  
If you move the feeders, it will keep the hornets/wasps away for a little bit, until they find it again. They're trained to go to the same area once the have a food source, remove the source, and they'll disappear....until they find it again. Then move it back to the original spot. If there is red, the hummingbirds will find it. Mops

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler

Joined: 11:48am - Feb 11,03
Posts: 338
Location: Chicago bordered North, South & East

Post Posted: 07:38pm - Aug 20,20 
Top  
mops7 wrote:
If you move the feeders, it will keep the hornets/wasps away for a little bit, until they find it again. They're trained to go to the same area once the have a food source, remove the source, and they'll disappear....until they find it again. Then move it back to the original spot. If there is red, the hummingbirds will find it. Mops
agree, but the one feeder is in a kind of secluded area that only gets about sun for half the day. I could not move it more than 3 feet which would not do that much good as to the wasps/hornets. I do have another feeder further away so they have an alternate feeder. Killed about a dozen bald face hornets and there seems to be fewer around. Must be from different colonies as two attacked each other and fell to the ground trying to kill each other. Hate to think of one stinging a hummer.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 12:47pm - Sep 9,12
Posts: 122
Location: C'ville

Post Posted: 03:53pm - Aug 29,20 
Top  
After an onslaught of Orioles this spring it's been a bit quiet for the Hummers this summer. Finally got a decent close up though on a local bird that's been visiting fairly often. Probably loading up on calories for the migration.
Image

_________________
I fish; therefore I am.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 06:16pm - Mar 6,05
Posts: 1634
Location: Wadsworth, Illinois

Post Posted: 09:27am - Sep 4,20 
Top  
Been pretty busy over here the last few days. Mid morning till like 5:30pm

_________________
-Kevin

Keep your stick on the ice!!!-----Red Green

Proud son of a Civilian Conservation Corps. member and following in his footsteps!

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 09:39pm - Jul 25,05
Posts: 2120
Location: Des Plaines, IL 185 Nitro, 150 Merc XR6, Silver/Green

Post Posted: 09:26pm - Sep 4,20 
Top  
Think they're gettin' ready for the flight south. Staying at the feeder longer, and fewer visits. Anybody else?

_________________
CPT Monk ..."There is nothing that can't be settled with the use of High Explosives".

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler

Joined: 07:43pm - Nov 21,14
Posts: 1039
Location: United States

Post Posted: 02:58pm - Sep 5,20 
Top  
It's been a little quiet mid-day,just morning and evening.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 06:16pm - Mar 6,05
Posts: 1634
Location: Wadsworth, Illinois

Post Posted: 02:56pm - Sep 6,20 
Top  
I agree longer visits...had one today sit on the "perch" for over a minute devouring the nectar, rather then just flying around and taking quick drinks

_________________
-Kevin

Keep your stick on the ice!!!-----Red Green

Proud son of a Civilian Conservation Corps. member and following in his footsteps!

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 09:39pm - Jul 25,05
Posts: 2120
Location: Des Plaines, IL 185 Nitro, 150 Merc XR6, Silver/Green

Post Posted: 01:55am - Sep 13,20 
Top  
Was ready to pull the pin and pack up all the little guyz feed stations. Haven't had a visit in three days, then last night at about 1700 hrs, a stragler (I think) shows up
and spends forever on one of my stations. Was thinking that maybe they headed south after the chill from last week. Will do one more round of flight fuel for them and
give them a tail wind wish. Been a good year, just wish Murph was still here with his guidance.

Monk

_________________
CPT Monk ..."There is nothing that can't be settled with the use of High Explosives".

 Profile  

Offline
Support Staff
User avatar

Joined: 12:03pm - May 9,06
Posts: 5794
Location: Lake County

Post Posted: 04:07am - Sep 22,20 
Top  
Saw one come into the flowers while sitting on the front porch a couple days ago. Decided to refresh the feeder and have been seeing one or two a day since. Like mentioned, longer feeds and most of them are perching while they drink. Hope they stay warm!

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler

Joined: 07:43pm - Nov 21,14
Posts: 1039
Location: United States

Post Posted: 03:32pm - Sep 22,20 
Top  
No action at all the past few days.Either they left or I've had some dragonflies as big as the hummers around the house and scared them off.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 09:39pm - Jul 25,05
Posts: 2120
Location: Des Plaines, IL 185 Nitro, 150 Merc XR6, Silver/Green

Post Posted: 04:41pm - Sep 22,20 
Top  
Mixing up what may be my last batch of flight fuel. Had better luck on my first trip to Erie, the walleyes sure cooperated, and found a great charter CPT.

_________________
CPT Monk ..."There is nothing that can't be settled with the use of High Explosives".

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler

Joined: 11:48am - Feb 11,03
Posts: 338
Location: Chicago bordered North, South & East

Post Posted: 09:23am - Sep 24,20 
Top  
Mixed my last batch up a few minutes ago. I did see a hummer on the flowers this morning but not the feeder. Food was only 5 days old and looked good (no yellowing etc) but I mixed a new batch up anyway. First hummer I saw in the last 4 or 5 days.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 09:39pm - Jul 25,05
Posts: 2120
Location: Des Plaines, IL 185 Nitro, 150 Merc XR6, Silver/Green

Post Posted: 04:39pm - Sep 24,20 
Top  
Had one drive by this afternoon, believe the next cold snap is the end. See ya next year little guyz!

_________________
CPT Monk ..."There is nothing that can't be settled with the use of High Explosives".

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 12:47pm - Sep 9,12
Posts: 122
Location: C'ville

Post Posted: 09:11pm - Sep 24,20 
Top  
I've been pretty steady the last week or so. Every 10-15 minutes there is usually at least a drive by. Probably the same 2 or 3 birds but I keep the nectar fresh and they seem to be loading up. Love sitting on my deck and watch them visit. Almost better than a barley pop. Almost.

_________________
I fish; therefore I am.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler

Joined: 02:13pm - Jul 13,09
Posts: 466

Post Posted: 09:13am - Sep 25,20 
Top  
Still been pretty steady here. Got at least 2 almost all day. Gonna be winding down soon.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 12:47pm - Sep 9,12
Posts: 122
Location: C'ville

Post Posted: 05:11pm - Sep 25,20 
Top  
Still hanging around pretty steady. This beautiful day probably helped.

Image

_________________
I fish; therefore I am.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler

Joined: 04:53pm - Feb 13,08
Posts: 391

Post Posted: 03:55pm - Sep 26,20 
Top  
Nice pic LTF. I had one stop by this morning then flew off right away. Checked the feeder and it was empty. Apparently, they've been hitting it when I'm not around.

 Profile  

Offline
Chitown-Angler
User avatar

Joined: 06:16pm - Mar 6,05
Posts: 1634
Location: Wadsworth, Illinois

Post Posted: 10:52am - Sep 30,20 
Top  
With the temp drop and no warm up in sight..I've taken my feeders down. Till next year!

_________________
-Kevin

Keep your stick on the ice!!!-----Red Green

Proud son of a Civilian Conservation Corps. member and following in his footsteps!

 Profile  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic Latest Topics  [ 40 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

Board index » The Podium » Random Thoughts & General Banter
Jump to:  


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum