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Neat video !...

Nature sure was not nice to these pretty little creatures IMO. They have to flap their wings 60 - 80 times per second to get a normal flight speed of 25 MPH. And their migration travel can be in the thousands of miles. No wonder they just have a 1-3 year life span.
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Yes, these are amazing creatures. Pretty mind boggling that they can survive those extremely long migrations. They are so quick, the closest thing to when Jean Luc Picard says "engage" the warp drive. They are also competitive and territorial. I have a bunch in the woods behind my house and they are always zipping around chasing each other away from the feeder.
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Nice video indeed!

We've got hummers up the wazoo out here, about a dozen species. My back hibiscus bush I've called the "Nightcap Plant" because the hummers all stop for one final guzzle before the long long night when they sleep.

Also, many of them nest about 6 feet above the ground, which makes them easy to find and to miss.
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Nice feeder action. Funny how it goes around to each station - probably genetics. It seems our numbers are down this year. I put up a second feeder but it didn't see much action - seems they would rather fight over one.
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In a pinch, I've used the red plastic lid of a small butter tub, with a homemade light sugar syrup ( no chemicals & food color). They drink it!
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Yes, pure sugar water is all I use. No food color. 4 to 1 mix filtered water to sugar, boiled then cooled. I usually make a batch with 8 cups water and 2 cups sugar and store in a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Rinse the feeder thoroughly pretty much every refill.

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I didn't realize how territorial they are until this year. The wife put out the feeder a couple weeks ago. There is one little guy who feeds and then shoots back to a pine tree about 30 feet away. There, he sits like a tower sentry over looking the feeder and swoops in to chase off any others.
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I am making an ant moat on my 3D printer. I get a lot of ants but they mostly seem to go inside the feeder so the birds don't mind so much. But they are a pain to clean out when I refill the thing.

I was going to design one but of course this already exists so am going to try this one:

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Some of their aerial battles look like scenes from Star Wars. They are like little X-fighters.

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I didn't realize how territorial they are until this year. The wife put out the feeder a couple weeks ago. There is one little guy who feeds and then shoots back to a pine tree about 30 feet away. There, he sits like a tower sentry over looking the feeder and swoops in to chase off any others.
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Just impulse bought a hummingbird feeder. Thanks for the idea.
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Cool. It make take them awhile to find it. And remember to change the nectar frequently. It starts to ferment in a couple of days in the heat of summer.

They are fun to watch. Enjoy!

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Here is a picture of the ant moat I made on my 3D printer from the design linked above. Only issue was that it wasn't totally leak tight so I coated the inside with some Loctite marine sealant. Aquarium sealant would also work well, I believe. No more ants in the feeder. And it looks like they aren't even trying. The new piece of wire it hangs from has them confused. They get down to it then lose their old trail to the feeder and wander around lost. So none of them have even ventured into the moat yet. Not sure why the forum rotated the photo.
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Oh man, we have tried everything to get these fascinating little
birds to our backyard...We only get one or two in late summer.

We supply the feeders and tons of flowers..they just won’t come!
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