Happy Hour

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15 Responses to Happy Hour

  1. gator69 says:

    Pardon the quality, my phone is no match for Tony’s camera. I will soon have six feeders up around the house, and this is what happy hour looks like at all six feeders. What you don’t see is the swarm buzzing around waiting for a seat at the bar.

  2. Steve case says:

    Two up at my digs. Maybe we’ll have customers when we get back on Tuesday

  3. Figaro says:

    Female Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri).

  4. RAH says:

    We used to have hummingbird feeders when I was stationed in Texas but don’t bother here. We get enough coming in after the flowers my wife plants and the hummingbird vine.

    • Gator says:

      Hummingbirds eat mosquitos (et al) for protein. I have not had a mosquito bite on my property in years, but most everywhere else I go I am the main course. Hummingbirds are like salmon, they return to their place of birth to reproduce, so the numbers go up extraordinarily every year, provided there is a dependable food source.

    • gator69 says:

      Hummingbirds eat mosquitos for protein, and they also return to their place of birth to breed, provided there is a dependable food source (the dependable food source can also allow up to three broods in one season). This means that a population can grow in extraordinary fashion in short order.

      I am always the first to get mosquito bites if there are mosquitos present, and I have not had a mosquito bite on my property in years.

      The bat house has been put on hold indefinitely.

      • RAH says:

        It’s enough for me to keep my feeder and seed block out year around. And we have a pretty good colony of barn swallows around here that help with the bugs.

  5. Steve case says:

    My dad put up a Martin house and it filled up the very first year. He didn’t know how lucky he was .

    • RAH says:

      I have a nice wooden one out in the shed and my neighbor has a neat metal one. Both are designed with roofs and sides that open for easy cleaning as one has to do after the birds leave. Neither of us has found the time to put in a pole to erect them.

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