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Are ALL Hummingbirds this Territorial?

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  • Are ALL Hummingbirds this Territorial?

    I'm sitting in my living room watching my hummingbird feeder, trying to get a picture of several hummingbirds feeding at the same time. One will swoop in to feed, and another will swoop in dogfight style, and scare him away, then try to feed, while the first one (or a second or third one) swoops back in.

    There's PLENTY of nectar, and there are 4 feeding spots, but I rarely EVER see multiple hummers feeding.

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    Last edited by Cow Poke; 08-05-2014, 06:06 PM.
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    I see the same sort of behavior at my suet feeder for nuthatches.
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    • #3
      Hummingbirds aren't big on sharing. Try multiple feeders - they are a little less territorial that way.

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      • #4
        Why can't I have hummingbirds.



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        • #5
          Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
          Hummingbirds aren't big on sharing. Try multiple feeders - they are a little less territorial that way.
          I was actually kinda sorta thinkin about maybe trying that, possibly.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by mossrose View Post
            Why can't I have hummingbirds.


            One word: Canada.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
              One word: Canada.
              We have hummingbirds in Canada. I have even seen them (like twice in 36 years) in my yard.

              I plant flowers that they like. I have put feeders out.

              They just don't like me.



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              • #8
                Originally posted by mossrose View Post
                We have hummingbirds in Canada. I have even seen them (like twice in 36 years) in my yard.

                I plant flowers that they like. I have put feeders out.

                They just don't like me.

                Forget all the fancy nectar -- just use plain water with 1/4 cup sugar to a cup of water. Nou coulouring.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                  Forget all the fancy nectar -- just use plain water with 1/4 cup sugar to a cup of water. Nou coulouring.
                  Thanks.



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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mossrose View Post
                    Thanks.



                    P.S. You sure spell funny.
                    I was speaking Canadian!
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                      Must be that French part.....


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                      • #12
                        I thought everybody knew....hummingbirds create so much wing turbulence they require at least five inches separation from each other.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DesertBerean View Post
                          I thought everybody knew....hummingbirds create so much wing turbulence they require at least five inches separation from each other.
                          Is that for really?
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                          • #14
                            The hummingbirds in my yard look funny.


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                              Is that for really?
                              ....so much for not being so serious.... what a tough crowd...
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