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Patience... [Sep. 30th, 2004|01:37 pm]
Tony Grist
We bought a gadget that you fix to the mouth of a large plastic bottle in order to turn it into a dispenser of bird seed. I assembled the dispenser and hung it in the eucalyptus tree in the back yard. That was yesterday. Since then I haven't seen a single bird in the vicinity.

[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2004-09-30 06:44 am (UTC)
I hope you will take a photograph when a bird finds your new gadget.

When I moved into my house I found a little notebook in the laundry room with the charming title "Hummingbird Visits."

Inside was a listing of all earliest and latest dates that hummingbirds came to the feeder that still hung outside the window.

Of course, I was very excited at this extra benefit of moving to my new house and waited eagerly for spring. I followed the internet instructions exactly and waited impatiently in April for the first hummingbirds to arrive from their Brazilian journey.

I never saw a single hummingbird, but ants found the feeder quickly and loved the pink sugar water very much.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-09-30 07:23 am (UTC)
You have humming-birds in Tennessee? I didn't know that.

What we'll get- if we're lucky- are blue tits and long-tailed tits and maybe the odd finch. Robins come into the garden sometimes, but I'm told they can't manage a hanging feeder- so I've scattered some feed across the ground as well.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2004-09-30 10:54 am (UTC)
We have many hummingbirds in Tennessee. One reason my house may not have gotten any takers at the feeder is that so many people are now buying special feeders for them.

My sister, who lives in upper east Tennessee, has many hummingbirds every year, and she says they tend to be very territorial--one managed to buzz off intruders at the feeder for the whole summer.

I once saw a hummingbird's nest on a friend's coffee table. It was incredibly delicate and tiny, woven between two small branches.
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