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Old 03-14-2021, 10:07 PM   #51
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Put my feeders out yesterday and had 1 hummingbird today.
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Old 03-15-2021, 08:29 AM   #52
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Still a little early, but I counted 50 plus yesterday.
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Old 03-15-2021, 08:59 AM   #53
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I've seen quite a few new birds around the feeder in the last few days
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Old 03-15-2021, 09:20 AM   #54
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Still a little early, but I counted 50 plus yesterday.
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VERY nice little Martin community there!! How far off the ground are your boxes?
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Old 03-15-2021, 09:43 AM   #55
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Charlie, they range anywhere from 14-17'
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Old 03-15-2021, 11:17 AM   #56
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Thanks! That's about how I have mine, but I don't have that highline for 'em to sit on... Wish I did sort of... Would be a good place to knock the heads off the starlings instead of having to have them sitting just right on the houses so I can get them without shooting the house...
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Old 03-15-2021, 12:01 PM   #57
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Rubi what kind of pipe are your poles?
I’ve been using 1” inside of 1 1/4” for years but they take a beating in strong storm.
Yours look really straight.
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Old 03-15-2021, 12:03 PM   #58
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We had 3 pair in Bee county prior to the big freeze. Found a dead male on one of the houses afterwards (I assume it froze to death). Hadn’t seen any since until just now. As I was reading this thread, I thought I heard one, looked up and low & behold there were 2 on one of the houses! They’re back!!! 😊
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Old 03-15-2021, 12:09 PM   #59
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Rubi what kind of pipe are your poles?
I’ve been using 1” inside of 1 1/4” for years but they take a beating in strong storm.
Yours look really straight.
1” rigid. They still move quite a bit when the wind is blowing.
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Old 03-15-2021, 12:39 PM   #60
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We had 3 pair in Bee county prior to the big freeze. Found a dead male on one of the houses afterwards (I assume it froze to death). Hadn’t seen any since until just now. As I was reading this thread, I thought I heard one, looked up and low & behold there were 2 on one of the houses! They’re back!!! 😊
Also hung the first hummingbird feeder yesterday & within an hour there were 3 hummingbirds on it!😊
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Old 03-15-2021, 12:57 PM   #61
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1” rigid. They still move quite a bit when the wind is blowing.

Heck my biggest house is on 3" square tubing and it moves pretty good too. My others are on 2" pipe (cause that's what I had lying around). My big box has 24 compartments though (12 on each side) and is made out of 1" (3/4") lumber with a metal roof... sucker is heavy! My brother built it for me.
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Old 03-15-2021, 01:03 PM   #62
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Heck my biggest house is on 3" square tubing and it moves pretty good too. My others are on 2" pipe (cause that's what I had lying around). My big box has 24 compartments though (12 on each side) and is made out of 1" (3/4") lumber with a metal roof... sucker is heavy! My brother built it for me.
Wow!
I assume you leave yours up?
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Old 03-15-2021, 01:27 PM   #63
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Still no hummers but it was 36 here this morning. The red-headed vultures are beginning to return so hummers will soon follow...March 19 is usually the date.
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Old 03-15-2021, 01:33 PM   #64
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Wow!
I assume you leave yours up?

No, they're on pivots so I can let them down for cleaning and I store them in the barn once the season ends for Winter. Historically I have put them back up first of Feb, but this year, didn't get 'em up until after the Snowmageddon... Year before last, I probably had 30-40 pairs nesting... left 'em up all year and last year, very few... Thought it might have been because I didn't clean 'em out so I brought them in just before Christmas after all the birds had left, cleaned 'em out and repainted the big one. Will see if they return to normal this year...
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Old 03-20-2021, 08:48 AM   #65
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Alright alright alright!! I thought I saw a PM on the house yesterday evening when I arrived home from work. Sure enough...he was there this morning and I was able to shoot a small video. These things sure have some cool, distinct and unmistakable vocalization.

Looks like we have our first PM scout at Trinity Acres. I hope he likes what he sees and brings back some friends. Maybe we will be successful as first year landlords after all!

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Old 03-20-2021, 09:11 AM   #66
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We had two hummingbirds show up this morning in Richmond.
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Old 03-20-2021, 09:17 PM   #67
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We had a couple of Hummingbirds show up in Conroe today.
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Old 03-21-2021, 08:28 AM   #68
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Dad just put his house back up at the farm last week and already has four residents occupying.


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Old 03-26-2021, 08:30 AM   #69
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Anyone seeing hummers near DFW? I put my feeders out this week - have not seen any yet.
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Old 03-26-2021, 08:55 AM   #70
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I have seen0000000000 of either
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Old 03-26-2021, 09:57 AM   #71
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Martins are around my houses, but don't seem to be really getting after it like in years past... Don't know what the deal is...
Put Hummingbird feeders out last Saturday and have not seen any birds as yet... I'm afraid the resident birds that usually over-winter here may have fell victim to the Snowmageddon... Usually by now they're all over my wife's wisteria vine. It's in full bloom right now and haven't seen anything but bumble bees on it...
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Old 03-26-2021, 10:06 AM   #72
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Had our first hummer show up yesterday in east central Callahan county.
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Old 03-26-2021, 11:00 AM   #73
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I put my feeders out last week, no visitors seen yet (Parker County). I love to watch the Hummingbirds!
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Old 03-26-2021, 11:52 AM   #74
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Bunch of Martins here in town last weekend.
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Old 03-26-2021, 12:10 PM   #75
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Couple of hummers in S Houston now.............
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Old 03-26-2021, 12:23 PM   #76
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I put my feeders out last week, no visitors seen yet (Parker County). I love to watch the Hummingbirds!
You ever seen them this thick? This was taken September of last year.
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Old 03-26-2021, 01:55 PM   #77
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I saw a Humminbird checking out one of my daughters play sets (has some red parts on it). Got the feeder put out next day, haven’t seen any at it yet though.


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Old 03-26-2021, 04:03 PM   #78
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Had 1 HB stop and drink last week, but haven't seen it since. Hope he brings friends and comes back.
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Old 03-26-2021, 07:36 PM   #79
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Yep.....just had one, come up to my front door.........here in Eastland....
Where I usually, hang my feeder........
I think he came up, to let me know he was there..........
There's a feeder out there now................
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Old 03-26-2021, 08:27 PM   #80
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Well this evening the Martins seemed to be very active... My "big house" has birds in at least 6 slots... Nothing yet in the other two houses...
Didn't see any hummers this evening...
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Old 03-26-2021, 09:59 PM   #81
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Old 03-26-2021, 10:05 PM   #82
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Finally! A hummingbird in Oak Ridge.
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Old 03-26-2021, 11:25 PM   #83
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THe hummingbirds we had show up in Richmond were Black Chinned, I had never seen them before, we only have Ruby Throated. Was cool having a different variety finally.
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Old 03-26-2021, 11:53 PM   #84
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Neither here that I've seen yet, but a stupid female cardinal has spent the last week flying at my windows
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Old 03-27-2021, 06:08 AM   #85
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I've yet to see either. I heard a martin scout a few weeks ago. I've had hummers as early as late Feb before. The coral honeysuckle is blooming and ready.

I had purple martins for many years. Then, 2 years in a row the houses were attacked. After that the martins would come to the house but never stay. Last year I put up guards but they still would not return. The guards were white painted tin and I wondered if that bothered them so this year I "camo" painted them with what ever colors of spray I had around. I hope this helps. I miss my martins. Such happy birds.
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Old 03-27-2021, 06:24 AM   #86
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I've yet to see either. I heard a martin scout a few weeks ago. I've had hummers as early as late Feb before. The coral honeysuckle is blooming and ready.

I had purple martins for many years. Then, 2 years in a row the houses were attacked. After that the martins would come to the house but never stay. Last year I put up guards but they still would not return. The guards were white painted tin and I wondered if that bothered them so this year I "camo" painted them with what ever colors of spray I had around. I hope this helps. I miss my martins. Such happy birds.
Did you protect your coral honeysuckle during the freeze? Mine got hammered but is coming back, just a few blooms on it right now. But they were just patented this past Summer.
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Old 03-27-2021, 10:39 AM   #87
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Had the first hummer show up this morning. Martin’s are in full swing these past few mornings. Must have 15 or 20 this morning. Seems more n more showing up now.
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No hummer sightings here yet but I think we've successfully become first year PM landlords!! They are becoming more and more active everyday and must like what they see.
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Old 03-28-2021, 12:34 PM   #89
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One hummer first of this week, none since. Putting up my first PM house today as we are new to this area and the birds. Hopefully we get some!
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Old 03-28-2021, 01:10 PM   #90
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Put out my hummingbird feeders last weekend. Have had a few show up but don’t stay for very long.


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Old 03-28-2021, 02:59 PM   #91
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No hummer sightings here yet but I think we've successfully become first year PM landlords!! They are becoming more and more active everyday and must like what they see.
https://youtu.be/mO5vkniNIFo

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Awesome!
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Old 03-28-2021, 03:50 PM   #92
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Few hummingbirds Yoakum
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Old 03-29-2021, 12:00 PM   #93
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Did you protect your coral honeysuckle during the freeze? Mine got hammered but is coming back, just a few blooms on it right now. But they were just patented this past Summer.

No sir. As is, but mine did ok. In full bloom but still no hummers this weekend.
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Old 03-29-2021, 01:26 PM   #94
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Got several hummers that have shown up... Don't think they are the residents that we'd had for the past few years... These birds act different than the previous years... They actually seem to "get along" with each other better... Last few years, only 1 or 2 birds would dominate a feeder and keep everyone else at bay... This year, not so much... Had 3 and 4 birds at a feeder without signs of aggression... So far, so good...


The Martins are in full on breeding mode right now... pairs falling off the houses making it all the way to the ground this past weekend... At first I was thinking it was Starlings that had shown up so I got on them with my pellet gun, but my scope revealed a male/female Martin just being Martins... Only had one starling show up that I saw all weekend and 2 sparrows... It didn't end well for those three... Was kind of funny watching the male bluebird dive bombing the dead starling lying in the back yard... He was like, "Take that!! I kicked yore "tail"...
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Got several hummers that have shown up... Don't think they are the residents that we'd had for the past few years... These birds act different than the previous years... They actually seem to "get along" with each other better... Last few years, only 1 or 2 birds would dominate a feeder and keep everyone else at bay... This year, not so much... Had 3 and 4 birds at a feeder without signs of aggression... So far, so good...

The Martins are in full on breeding mode right now... pairs falling off the houses making it all the way to the ground this past weekend... At first I was thinking it was Starlings that had shown up so I got on them with my pellet gun, but my scope revealed a male/female Martin just being Martins... Only had one starling show up that I saw all weekend and 2 sparrows... It didn't end well for those three... Was kind of funny watching the male bluebird dive bombing the dead starling lying in the back yard... He was like, "Take that!! I kicked yore "tail"...
I’ve witnessed this....you definitely aren’t kind to the starlings and sparrows Charlie! 😂

Still yet to see the first hb and we’ve kept fresh nectar in the feeders too. 🤨 It could be all the noise from the house build that has them shy so far. It seems the louder the better for the martins.
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Old 03-29-2021, 09:00 PM   #96
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Huge flocks in our neighborhood in Calallen. Some Hummers.
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Old 03-30-2021, 09:21 AM   #97
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Feeding lots of hummers in Menard...
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Old 03-30-2021, 10:10 AM   #98
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Had a strange looking hummer show up yesterday... Probably had to have been a Ruby, but in the light, looked like its whole head was black... throat too... Sun was still out and shining on the feeder. It also seem to be smaller than the Ruby's... I looked up HB's common to Texas and didn't see anything like it...
Anyone got any ideas, or you think it was just a Ruby with a little variant in coloration??


I watched for it for a while. I moved to a chair nearby to try to get a pic or video, but it did not come back while I was there...
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Old 03-30-2021, 12:52 PM   #99
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Old 03-30-2021, 01:24 PM   #100
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Neither here that I've seen yet, but a stupid female cardinal has spent the last week flying at my windows
LOl, Eastern Bluebird in my backyard doing this. From bedroom window to glass door.

Fished the bulkheads on Conroe Saturday, the martins were think. I love the sound.
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