Hummingbird Feeder Getting Action

Got a picture of a hummingbird at the new feeder this morning. The little guy is too small to trigger the motion sensor. But I happened to be looking at the feeder.

Hopefully I can get some better video clips. I may have to switch to a V3, if I can gat power there.

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Hummingbird, on my mark, warp 1,… Engage :index_pointing_at_the_viewer:

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The WCO wasn’t getting the job done. The hummingbird is too small and fast for the PIR to pick it up. I swapped it out with a V3 and that did the trick. It also helps that I can record the feeder continuously.

The little fella is making a trip to the feeder about every 15 minutes. The nest must be close by.

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Does the v3 have a better frames-per-second (fps) spec than the WCO? I think the v3 bumped up to 20 fps daytime (from 15 for the v2). The more the better to capture swift things, eh? :slight_smile:

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The daylight fps is the same for both the V3 and the WCO (20 fps). The nighttime rate is 10 fps. But I turn the off at night anyway.

With the WCO in place, I only got the original clip and photo was I happened to be looking out the window at the feeder and saw the hummingbird and manually captured the images in the app.

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Everything still humming along? :slight_smile:

Actually, there have not been any visits for a couple of days. I suspect I left the feeder out too long and the nectar went a little sour. :nauseated_face:

I cleaned it out and put in fresh sugar water. Hopefully she’ll forgive me and come back soon. :slightly_smiling_face:

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After a couple of nectar changes, she has returned. :grinning:

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Welcome back, little fella… :smile:

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I think I found the “sweet spot” for the nectar. She been visiting the feed a lot today. :grinning:

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I rotated the shepherds hook 90 degrees to get a better view of the feeder. I don’t know why I’m so fascinated by this little bird. I understand they are very territorial and will defend a food source. But I have seen other videos where there are a half dozen hummingbirds flitting around a feeder and hope to see something like that at mine. :smiling_face:

She must have been pretty hungry. It was raining when she flew in for breakfast.

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I expect you’ve seen this, if not, well worth watching. :slight_smile: Full episode viewable where I live right now.

A casting club at a local park put up several feeders on their clubhouse veranda overlooking the ‘cement pond’ - it was… not that relaxing to watch, usually. Lot’s of dive bombing, chasing and chittering… :astonished:

later…

If I may also say, watching a single bird over time may give you a deeper - or at least different - view of the breed. A different venture altogether than watching a doc. Intimate! :slight_smile:

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The feeder has been pretty busy for the past few days. I’ve learned that I need to clean it every four days and put in fresh nectar.

Here are a couple of the 20+ visits I’ve caught in the last 3 days. But, I have an arbor that is covered in honeysuckle vines that are starting to bloom. I’m sure she is checking them out too. I’ll have to adjust my RobinCam that is pointed at the nest in the arbor. (The robins have not set up another nest.

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Two things about this clip. First, it looks like she has some nesting material in her beak. And second, a few seconds in, does it look like another hummer is dive bombing the one on the feeder?

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Maybe the one at the feeder “borrowed” some furniture from the dive bomber’s house :thinking:

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Definitely a second hummingbird. I caught a little aerial combat this morning.

This is the first time I’ve confirmed a second hummingbird. It could just be a new arrival. Or it could be fledgling from the first hatching this spring.

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