I put my hummingbird feeder up this Spring and within a couple hours had my first hummer eating. I had 3 different ones that day (Rufous male, Rufous female, and Anna's female). The next day I had an Anna's male. It has been a week and a half now and I have only seen one other hummer come briefly once. I see hummingbird's on our property all the time at blooms.
Can someone please tell me why they don't come back regularily? The same thing happened last year and I never got another hummer AT THE FEEDER all season. I keep the feeder clean, it's a standard hummingbird feeder.... is there some way it can be defective?? I make my own nectar with the 4:1 ratio (just to clarify my interpretation of this... I do 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of sugar). I have tried it with and without red coloring. I'm at a loss....
I'd appreciate any insite! Thanks :)
Not knowing where you are, I can not comment more than generally. "Western Canada" is a large area, and there is a lot of different habitat there.
Rufous Hummingbirds would be the resident bird in most of British Columbia, but a lot will depend on where you are. These are not urban birds (see http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rufous_Hummingbird/lifehistory) preferring open woodlands over the city by far. Even on migration, we seldom see Rufous in town - more likely in a rural garden.
Anna's Hummingbird home range does include the extreme south western edge of British Columbia (see http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Annas_Hummingbird/id) but it is at the extreme northern edge of their range. As you reach the extremes of any animals range, the animal becomes less likely at any one location.
I hope this helps.
Thanks for your response. :)
I should have specified that these are the only two resident birds of my area. It just so happens that they all showed up the same day. I was wondering then why in general hummingbird's of any kind seem to feed once or twice at my feeder and then not return to it.
Any chance I can change that?
If you are in the right general habitat (rather rural area of south western British Columbia) which you seem to be, then the best way would be to ensure that you develop a full habitat for them. Unfortunately, my work and expertise is in Texas (another very large area) and I have a hard time generalizing for Texas let alone British Columbia.
Start with developing shelter for them - shrubs, short trees and taller trees. When I do habitat programs in Texas I recommend thinking about a lasagne and trying to put the layers of plants on top of each other around your garden. These plants can provide both shelter and food, but some plants should be selected strictly for the shelter value so that you are consciously choosing shelter.
Don't forget water - a bird bath with a "water wiggler" is okay, but I strongly recommend a mister that you can run for a short period each day.
If you want some more recommendations, you might check out http://www.amazon.com/Hummingbirds-Texas-Mexico-Arizona-Ranges/dp/1585444332 Remember this is oriented to Texas, so use the general ideas, but use your wonderful native plants of British Columbia for best results.
How often do you change the sugar water mix? How long do you keep it after mixing? In Kansas I mix only enough to fill the feeders and change it ever 3 rd day. 3 full days outside and dispose of leftovers and clean the feeders with warer only and a old tooth brush.
You can use soap and water, or even bleach if you rinse very well.
I usually clean mine about 2xs/wk. If it empties, I clean it also. Be careful about letting ants and wasps or hornets get into the feeders. I think I've heard that ants can be toxic to the hummingbirds. And I think a big hornet can kill a hummer? Not sure if that's true about hornets and wasps killing hb's. I usually concoct a homemade ant moat that I hang from the top of the hb feeder. I never just sit a hb feeder on a railing. My ant moat works good! I'll see if I can find a pic of my homemade ant moat! It's simple to make and very cheap to make, too.
--Marg, Lancaster Co, PA
I don't understand why the hummers won't go back to your feeder! What kidn is it? Is it one of those yellow flower ones? I have found that the hummers don't take to those yellow flower ones too well. Hang a 2nd one up. I hear sometimes they can get territorial about their feeders and only one or 2 will come to an individual feeder. Then, on the other hand, I hear that many will come to the same feeder at one time! Who knows?
To my knowledge, there is no evidence that a wasp sting can be harmful to a hummingbird. I don't know that we even have record of one successfully stinging a hummingbird. It would have to be an awful lucky strike - there is not much meat under all those feathers.
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