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  1. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    I'll be honest with you, I really have no idea of their behavior other than what I read here and on the internet. I just started putting out a feeder this last year at the end of migration, I had a ton of them when they were on their way out. I was a bit late to the game, so I'm learning a lot this time around since I've had a feeder up since about March. I had a lot of ruby throated, and some that were dark gray, and some solid looking green ones, but I cant even tell you most of the ones I've seen. They are so fast that by the time I get my camera ready they are gone. Right now it's really dead, but my regular bird feeders have exploded with activity and new borns. I have a lot of flowers around my house that are bloomed out at the moment like azaleas, and I think they prefer that over the nectar feeder. Patiently waiting though
  2. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    I'm still not seeing many at all, but I continue to clean and refill just in case. The days are getting hotter and the flowers are starting to fade. I hope this is just how it goes
  3. MeInDallas

    My Birds Are Gone...

    Also look around and see if theres a new neighborhood cat that you cant really see, but the birds in the trees can spot really easy. That could be keeping them up in the tree tops instead taking a chance to come to your deck to get seeds.
  4. MeInDallas

    My Birds Are Gone...

    You might also have a predator around. Recently there was a hawk waiting to get a meal (or a few of them) and I had no idea, and wondered where the birds had gone. Then I heard a scuffle outside and there was a hawk with its mouth around a grackles neck. Scared all the birds away and my yard was dead for days. Once the coast was clear they all returned.
  5. MeInDallas

    Little Blue Bird

    I saw this earlier in my backyard, first time ever. Was on the mealworm suet, and then jumped to the ground. Happened around 2pm central time in Dallas, Texas. Click on picture and play video on Flickr.
  6. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    That makes a lot of sense then, and come to think of it, they usually head north after they drink awhile. Thanks!
  7. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    All of my Hummingbirds have disappeared. I put out fresh nectar every Sunday like clockwork. Not sure what happened, all of the other birds are still around.
  8. MeInDallas

    Little Blue Bird

    Wow thank you so much! They are gorgeous birds!
  9. MeInDallas

    Baby Cardinals Blown Out Of Nest

    Sadly it seems as though the last one ended up being someones lunch today. I noticed around noon the mom and dad stopped making their trips in and out of the nest, so I got the ladder out and peeked into the nest and it was empty. Didnt see it on the ground anywhere either. Hope you are right and she finds a better spot next time.
  10. We have been having horribly bad winds here today, and I have a nest of baby cardinals in a red tip photinia tree outside my back window. I noticed today that there were 2 babies on the ground and it looked like the mother was just feeding them on the ground. I thought this was really odd for these babies so I frantically Googled and got my ladder and looked in the nest. It was turned sideways and one was still in there alive. One of the 2 on the ground was upside down and dead. I fixed the nest to where it was like it was supposed to be and lifted the 2 (one dead) into the nest. should I just leave the dead one in the nest? This is all new for me! What do I do, just let nature figure it out? I'd like to help in some way but no idea what to do. There are wild cats nearby. The mother seems to be OK with what I did so far. any suggestions?
  11. MeInDallas

    Baby Cardinals Blown Out Of Nest

    Down to one I just found both on the ground, and was able to rebuild the nest myself and put the last living one back in the bush. The mother is sitting on it now. I wish these winds would die down but it seems the weather people are in disagreement. Mother nature can be brutal.
  12. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    I'm having a lot of activity now, but I'm not sure if it's the same ones over and over again, they all look the same. How often do the same ones come to drink?
  13. MeInDallas

    Baby Cardinals Blown Out Of Nest

    So far so good, fingers crossed. I found some bungy cords and wrapped around the limbs at the bottom of the bush to give it some stability and stop the limbs from flopping around wildly in the wind. Seems to of worked really well. I found the dead baby on the ground this morning. I guess they just pushed it out of the nest to make room for the other two that lived. Theres lots of activity now in and out of the bush all day long. Oh and the two that are left do look like cardinals from what I can tell and the pictures I've seen on the internet.
  14. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    Heres the longer one, unfortunately I cant figure out how to rotate the video
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    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    Well my first one arrived today that I've seen, and I thought it was a black throated one, and it flew to the bush nearby, and looked around and it was like a big ruby shining in the tree, so I grabbed my phone. It comes back a lot too. I've got another video but it got so big because it was drinking so much. Click on the picture and it will go to Flickr to play the video.
  16. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    I saw my first hummingbirds this morning. I wish I was able to get a picture, but it went so fast. It was 2 black looking ones. My azaleas are starting to bloom out, so they must be getting close by now. I have my feeder dangling right over the top of them.
  17. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    I'll probably get another feeder too if I get a situation like yours. It seemed like this last year I didnt really have many because I started so late in the season. I was thinking the same as you on the sugar water. It will be a lot cheaper than those bottles at the store. I can never tell if its bad or good, so easiest just to make some fresh nectar, and throw the old stuff out. I hear a lot of talk about what types of feeders are best too. I wanna try several types and see which ones go over well.
  18. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    I didnt start doing the hummingbird feeder until late last summer and then poof they left. This will be my first full season, and hopefully I get some. I heard a lot of them go thru Texas. I even bought a better feeder this year with any moat I'm going to use the sugar water recipe too. It seems like a lot of people use that recipe.
  19. MeInDallas

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird Tracker

    I still have Juncos but I was wondering where my Gold Finches went to! I put my hummingbird feeder out about 10 days ago but nothing yet. This will be my first year to have one out this early. I read that you should keep it in the same place you had it last year and they will remember where to find it easier? Not sure how true that is.
  20. MeInDallas

    Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder Needed

    I have the Squirrel Buster Plus, Peanut Plus, and 2 Mini's and they work like a charm. They are expensive though. The Mini's start at around $26 plus tax, that I have seen in my area. I have a friend that has one like the other mentioned, the Homestead brand and she really swears by it as well. The squirrels, pigeons, doves, grackles, and all the big ones try to eat, but they stop trying after awhile. I heard the baffle set ups work great too. I have a dome on a regular feeder in the front thats low enough to prevent large birds from eating, and the squirrels so far havent tried it because its dangling from a long piece of 20 pound fishing line. The dome prevents wild spinning because its heavy. Doesnt do too well on windy days though.
  21. MeInDallas

    Suet blocks

    I was going to report back about my experience with the C&S brand, but I had forgot we had talked about it here on the forum. I got some C&S this year and tried it again. It really has become a big hit this time around. I've got a mix of the C&S and the Royal Wing, and I dont think they are even missing a beat on which is which, they dont care, they just wanna eat at a feeder thats not being used. I give the C&S brand a big thumbs up if anyone runs across it. Also its really priced good at Wally World and the local Home Depot
  22. MeInDallas

    Backyard Visitor

    I think my back yard will be dead for a few days. I havent seen any birds since then Cant say I blame them though, I wouldnt want to be anyones dinner either.
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    Backyard Visitor

    So this huge bird landed on the stump in my backyard in Dallas, Texas today, and my phone was sitting right in my lap. I've been trying to get a picture of this bird for a long time now, but I was able to get a video of it. Any ideas? Thanks!
  24. MeInDallas

    Backyard Visitor

    Thank you!
  25. MeInDallas

    Backyard Visitor

    If you click on it, your page will open up Flickr and it will play.
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