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Bees Are Losing Ground on the Feeders!

After four days of replacing the vacuum feeders with saucer feeders, I think the bee population is officially stymied. At least that’s true on this corner of the deck. I’m trying to train the bees to go to the far corner of the deck by enticing them with water dishes. Many of them are satisfying…

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Hummingbirds vs. Bees: The Battle is On!

The battle is on! It is so dry here in Southern California that the bees are desperate for water. A lot of bees were showing up on the deck and I was able to keep them occupied with water dishes. That was working well until the rest of the hive showed up today. I’m still…

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Hummingbirds Sharing Nectar with a Squirrel!

Who says hummingbirds don’t share? Mine not only share with each other and some local orioles, they are now sharing with Mr. Squirrel! Thanks Nancy Ruslander Haas for scapping this from the webcam!

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NO Raw NO Organic NO Turbinado NO Brown Sugar and (probably) NO Honey!

Raw, organic, turbinado and brown sugar are harmful to hummingbirds. You should only make your hummingbird nectar with granulated white sugar. Cane sugar is preferable, but beet sugar is also acceptable. Don’t use confectioner’s sugar either, as it contains an anti-caking agent. Raw, turbinado and organic sugar is made by taking sugar cane and squeezing…

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Making Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

SUGAR! One part sugar to four parts water is the norm. That’s the amount of sugar found in most of the flowers on which they feed. During the spring, when the females spend a lot of time nesting, I make the food a little more concentrated so they can get more sugar with fewer visits.…

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Safely Getting Bees Off of Your Hummingbird Feeders

Here is a way to safely get bees distracted from your hummingbird feeders. Bees need water and will sometimes go after your feeders to get it. Give them a water source that they can easily drink from and they will leave your feeders alone!

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Basic Facts About Hummingbirds

Diet Hummingbirds primarily eat flower nectar, tree sap and insects. The hummingbird’s fast breathing rate, fast heartbeat and high body temperature require that they eat an enormous amount of food each day. Hummingbirds have a long tongue which they use to lick their food at a rate of up to 13 licks per second. Population…

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Live Cam Location

People are asking the location of my live cam.  It is on a deck three stories up overlooking Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Mulholland Drive in Studio City, California.

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Thought for the Day: Black-Chinned Hummingbirds

Here in Studio City I used to only occasionally see Black-Chinned Hummers in the early spring and late fall. They would appear for a few days and then fly on their way north. This year I am seeing more and more of them and they appear to be staying. It’s already the end of May…

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