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Offline jvalentour

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Does any one here follow hummingbird migration?
« on: March 23, 2020, 11:42:33 pm »
When I first got into beekeeping my mentor suggested to judge the nectar flow by the humming bird migration.  They are so small they can't migrate into an area unless there is a food source. 
I looked at the migration map and compared to reports of blooms and swarms on beemaster.  I think there is a lot to it.  Just curious of what others think.

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Re: Does any one here follow hummingbird migration?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2020, 11:47:09 pm »
>When I first got into beekeeping my mentor suggested to judge the nectar flow by the humming bird migration.

Sounds reasonable to me jvalentour. I take it as good guidance and advice. Thanks for posting this.

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Re: Does any one here follow hummingbird migration?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2020, 02:50:47 am »
I had a hummingbird crash-land onto my boat (tuna fishing) 70 miles offshore in a thick fog about 18 years ago. We tried to feed it sugar water and keep it warm, but it died. Your thread made me remember this.

There are lots of hummingbirds where I live. All of them began to "arrived" after many years of us planting flowering trees/shrubs/plants/grasses/etc. Now-a-days, we have so many types that I can't count them. My bees start to draw white comb before the hummingbirds show up each year, so ... I'd not wait for them: I'd listen to the bees. ... just my thoughts, based on my area observations.

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Re: Does any one here follow hummingbird migration?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2020, 06:45:08 pm »
I put my feeders out 3 weeks ago here in Mississippi and haven?t seen them.  I?m betting I see them this week.

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Re: Does any one here follow hummingbird migration?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2020, 08:21:58 pm »
Our first hummers showed about 10 days, still not many but a few on  march 25

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Re: Does any one here follow hummingbird migration?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2020, 08:28:09 pm »
Burley, when does the flow start in your part of Mississippi? 

Paus, when does the flow start in your area?

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Re: Does any one here follow hummingbird migration?
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2020, 09:55:48 pm »
I?m still learning.  Just my 2nd year.  Where I live and where my hives are are about a week apart it seems.  Jackson area right now, red buds are leafing out.  Privet in my backyard looks like it will pop open within a week. White Clover is opening.