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Hot Hummingbird Love

Ok, I know it's only Tuesday, but I couldn't help it. I really do have some hot hummingbird love over at my house. Everything I'm going to tell you is the God's honest truth! We started wih 1 feeder, and 2 hummingbirds. All of a sudden I noticed several different birds flying around, so I bought 2 more feeders. I thought they needed more food.  They were chasing each other, and tweeting too. (yes, they tweet!) I kept watching, and then the thought occured to me. I told my boyfriend. THEY ARE MATING!!! So I looked it up on Google, and sure enough, they can have up to 3 broods a year.
Now for the courtship. They do not mate for life, and the mating season is controlled by the girls!! The males come around and sing their little songs, and show off their flying skills. Up and down, and twirlling and chasing the girls too. Then the female picks a male that has done a good job, and they will "do it" on the ground, in the air, in a nest, where ever. (the little tramps!) Once she is done with him he leaves!  (he probably goes to a nice hummingbird bar, and talks to the other males, bragging about how many girls wanted him for his "flying" abilities. you know they all lie!!)
Now she picks a nice nest, and lays here eggs. They are about the size of a navy bean. The gestation period is about 2 weeks. The babies are born naked and blind. After about 3 weeks they are grown, and they hit the road. They have to be about a year old before they can breed.
In Florida, we have one kind of hummingbird. Ruby throated. The males have a gorgeous redsplotch on their throat, and the females are a little smaller, and grey. They have gotten used to us being on the porch where the feeders are. They buzz my boyfriend when he is at the grill. (they are loud too) I can hear them tweet in the house. They like the little trills that the computer makes when you first turn it on. They come about  half a foot from my face, and look at me! I swear they do!!!
This has been such a fun experience to have. I stumbled on it quite by accident too. Bought 1 feeder, and I was off and running. Please be careful, if you follow in my footsteps. DO NOT use detergent to clean feeders, the residue will kill them. Clean with hot water, or a little vinegar. Rinse well. Be careful not to leave food out too long. It can get botchalism, and kill them. If you have enough birds you won't have to worry about it being out too long. Find a nice shady place for the feeders, and go to town.     HUMMINGBIRD  FOOD
                                               2 cups water
                                              1/2 cup sugar
                                              stir and boil about 3 minutes
                                              cool and put in feeders
                                              you do not need to add red food color
                                              the feeders have some red on them and
                                              that is enough.
Happy Trails   ~<{>   

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buyzjewelry | August 9th 2011 at 1312913311

Ok, little Miss Mother Nature! That is wonderful, I always wondered! The one I did never worked. Thanks
Linda Jordan
Linda Jordan | August 9th 2011 at 1312928118

Delightful! We have them too. With the weather getting so crazy anymore we have to leave our food out almost to Christmas. You never know when a late guy will be passing through! Thanks for sharing!
Tuckerstuff | August 9th 2011 at 1312934514

Wonderful and well written. Good job. We don't have any in Hawaii that I know of. The Wild Parrots and Macaws are cool, though.
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Wild Rags Place (Lori) | August 9th 2011 at 1312935530

I painted a batch one year and everyone of them sold. Beautiful birds.
Royal Presence
Royal Presence | August 9th 2011 at 1312939236

I've only seen one up close and it was amazing!
I hope we can see some pictures.
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michele Crissman | August 10th 2011 at 1312959990

I will try to get pictures, but those little suckers are fast!!
Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | August 10th 2011 at 1312985426

Such a neat story! I have seen them around the flowers on our deck - I love the way they fly! Thanks for sharing!
Fredrick Nijm
Fredrick Nijm | August 10th 2011 at 1312999660

Such a cute story. My mother loves Hummingbirds and every time she sees one it's like the first time. Now every time I see one I want to call her up and tell her LOL. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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BeewotchingItems | August 10th 2011 at 1313009587

This is so good, we have boocoodles of hummingbirds and we have four feeders on the front porch (hanging). In fact, we just bought four new ones to replace the old ones and these look like wine bottles. But, I learned some things from your blog and I thank you.

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