Holler Hummer Home~

This hummingbird has quite a long tongue for a tiny little creature doesn’t he?
It’s good to be home, because the Holler Hummer’s live here, and I missed them!
I counted 35 today, at our three, 40 ounce feeders.
Anna’s, Black Chinned, Allen’s and Rufous hummingbirds live at The Holler.
I read in an online hummingbird forum that people don’t believe that feeders get more than one or two birds each.
They should stop by The Holler around 6pm when each feeder is mobbed by more than 10 hummers.
Hummers have the largest brain to body mass of any bird in the world i.e., they are clever little buzzers.
These tiny birds can migrate 1000’s of miles.
But many call the Holler home year round.
Which is why, there is no place like home!
Cheers to you from the astonishing, numerous, and quite clever, Holler Hummers~

290 thoughts on “Holler Hummer Home~

  1. Wow. I have 2 feeders and several Rubby throated hummers come but never at the same time – whoever gets there first keeps it till he/she is done – chases the other away……


  2. I do have a quick question… It seems that one of our large feeders the juice smells funky. should we change to a smaller feeder or? There is no lack of birds feeding from it, but I can’t see it tastes good after it smells like that. Just sugar and water, anything else?


    • I have a few 72 ounce feeders. I rarely use them. Only when 50 or more birds are feeding. I don’t like to leave sugar water out in the summer for more than 2 days. I like glass feeders best with hard plastic bases because in the summer I pour boiling water in the feeders and over the bases with every refill. In the summer, at The Holler no feeder is up for more than 24 hours because the hummers drain it. If it smells off, I would guess it’s fermenting. I would throw out the mixture. If your feeder is sturdy glass, fill it with boiling water and let it soak for a few minutes. Also pour boiling water over the base. Note: Only do this with sturdy plastic bases and sturdy glass feeders or they will melt/break. If your feeder is plastic, soak all the parts in a bleach/water mixture. Then rinse repeatedly in hot water to remover every trace of bleach. This should sterilize your feeders.
      Go ahead and rehang them with a 1/4 ratio white sugar to water. Change them and repeat the sterilization during the hot days of summer.
      When the temps start to dip in fall, and the numbers of hummers are reduced, I relax. Feeders can stay up for 3 days, and sterilization can go to every third or so refill.
      I do live in a place with hot summer days and I know this is rather rigorous, but I want to be careful with the hummers. Good luck & hope this works!

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  3. Great pictures. My work is street photography. Today I tried capturing birds in flight. Very different and difficult. Loads of failure. So you pictures have inspired me to try again. Once again excellent captures.


    • The hardest for me are birds high in the sky. It is something that you just do and your hand eye coordination catches up with your wishes pretty quickly, plus it is fun to practice. I find it easier to photograph birds I live around because I get used to their patterns. It is much harder when I travel to get shots of flying birds. Good luck & I look forward to seeing your results. I love your photography.


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  7. We started spring planting with thoughts of flowers likely to attract hummingbirds. The one that was most successful was a salvia called “Black and Bloom.” The flower is a dark purple color, and the hummers love it. BUT the surprise was a perennial that grows in the pond called “Thalia.” It’s a very tall plant with several branches, each containing bracts of flowers. The hummers head there first thing and stay a while! An unexpected and delightful surprise for us!


    • We planted to attract hummers and butterflies too. It certainly works. One of our century plants is blooming now and I have never seen such interest by all the nectar loving birds. It’s flower stalk is about thirty feet tall and it is hosting a whole city of nectar lovers, including bees.


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