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From:Date:Zone:
Ann20-Mar-02 07:36 PM EST 4b   
Sue20-Mar-02 08:28 PM EST 6a   
JoanneS21-Mar-02 01:13 PM EST 3a   
marg21-Mar-02 02:23 PM EST 5b   
Ann21-Mar-02 07:53 PM EST 4b   
June21-Mar-02 08:35 PM EST 5   
JoanneS22-Mar-02 01:22 PM EST 3a   
DAVE22-Mar-02 05:48 PM EST   
Dee23-Mar-02 08:34 AM EST 5a   
Ann23-Mar-02 08:06 PM EST 4b   
Anna23-Mar-02 11:18 PM EST   
Betty23-Mar-02 11:43 PM EST 5a   
marg24-Mar-02 12:42 PM EST 5b   


Subject: On their way
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 20-Mar-02 07:36 PM EST

I see by the migration map that the hummingbirds are as far as Georgia,USA, amazing. Won't it be nice to have them back? (Not for a while in my part of the continent though)


Subject: RE: On their way
From: Sue
Zone: 6a
Date: 20-Mar-02 08:28 PM EST

Hi Ann: How did you find this information? My hummingbird/butterfly garden is not ready yet - hold them off for a while. Just kidding - would love to know where you got that info. Thanks Sue


Subject: RE: On their way
From: JoanneS
Zone: 3a
Date: 21-Mar-02 01:13 PM EST

Ann, this is fascinating. We get a couple of types of hummingbirds, but I've only seen them on acreages. I'd been wondering when to expect them so I could look for them in my yard. Since we are having the coldest March on record, I don't think it will be any time soon (lord help me, it warmed up to minus 22c this morning), but I would love to be able to track their progress. Please respond as to where this info is. Can I track other migrating birds as well?


Subject: RE: On their way
From: marg
Zone: 5b
Date: 21-Mar-02 02:23 PM EST

I keep track of them with the migration map on hummingbirds.net. marg


Subject: RE: On their way
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 21-Mar-02 07:53 PM EST

Yes, that is the site, Marg beat me to it !! Lots of information on the home page and then click on the Migration map.


Subject: RE: On their way
From: June
Zone: 5
Date: 21-Mar-02 08:35 PM EST

We will all be meeting at hummingbirds.net !! Wouldn't it be great to have a site much like this one to talk bird sightings etc. Thanks for the info.


Subject: RE: On their way
From: JoanneS
Zone: 3a
Date: 22-Mar-02 01:22 PM EST

Thanks Marg and Ann. I find this kind of information so exciting. I usually call my local birder's hot line but they only cover sightings, not when to expect the birds. Although it is still unseasonably cold here in Alberta, bird activity has increased greatly this week. Warmer weather can't be far off.


Subject: RE: On their way
From: DAVE
Zone:
Date: 22-Mar-02 05:48 PM EST

If you like tracking spring migrations, my favourite website is www.learner.org/jnorth/ Not only do you get hummingbirds, you can track tulips emerging, tulips blooming, butterflies going north, milkweed leafing out etc. etc. etc. It's a great site.


Subject: RE: On their way
From: Dee
Zone: 5a
Date: 23-Mar-02 08:34 AM EST

I considered myself so fortunate to have three hummingbird sightings, although fleetingly, in my back yard last year. They came and went so quickly, I realize it's possible that they are there all the time when I am not!! I did put out a feeder, but they pointedly ignored it!! I have sweet peas and daylilies, columbine - any other suggestions?


Subject: RE: On their way
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 23-Mar-02 08:06 PM EST

Dee - sometimes it takes a few years for them to come to a feeder so try again this season. They like any tubular flowers, Monarda, fuschia etc., but will come for the insects too. Good luck.


Subject: RE: On their way
From: Anna
Zone:
Date: 23-Mar-02 11:18 PM EST

I agree that it takes patience waiting for hummingbirds to find your feeder. I had luck with planting scarlet runner beans in the vegetable garden, as well as the flowers mentioned previously. Good luck!


Subject: RE: On their way
From: Betty
Zone: 5a
Date: 23-Mar-02 11:43 PM EST

Dee, I find in hot weather that the mixture can go bad very quickly and they will not touch it. Only put out a small amount at a time until they learn it is there. They seem to love Nicotia in my yard as well as the ones already mentioned. I am waiting to hear the frogs peeping. To me that is the sign that spring is here.


Subject: RE: On their way
From: marg
Zone: 5b
Date: 24-Mar-02 12:42 PM EST

I have my hummingbird feeder placed near my lilacs because the hummers seem to like drinking from the feeder and then they sit in the lilacs for a while. The lilacs are quite tall so maybe they feel safe sitting there where cats can't reach them. The only flower in my garden they go to is the perennial red lobelia. Unfortunately, it died overwinter but I did notice a small shoot coming up last spring. This year I bought some Lucifer Crocosmia bulbs. It is supposed to be a favorite of hummers. When I bought it the gentleman told me that he overwintered it outside and he lived in Stratford! I had always thought them to be a tender plant. They also have it at Larkwhistle and they overwinter it outside. So I thought I would give it a try and see how it worked. Anyone have any other plants that hummers like? marg


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