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    I have 5 hummingbird feeders around my front porch. They feed from all of them but one
    Don't know why. Something I learned is they will feed while it is raining.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gold sunrise View Post
    I have 5 hummingbird feeders around my front porch. They feed from all of them but one
    Don't know why. Something I learned is they will feed while it is raining.
    Mom always said they won't feed from a dirty feeder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Mom always said they won't feed from a dirty feeder?
    I change and wash mine every Sunday. I had trouble with ants, but I spray the pole with Pam and they won't crawl up to the feeder

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold sunrise View Post
    I have 5 hummingbird feeders around my front porch. They feed from all of them but one
    Don't know why. Something I learned is they will feed while it is raining.
    Is it the same feeder...or the same feeder location? (Didn't know if you had moved the "unused" feeder around to different spots or not.) If it's the location, I've heard that some birds won't use a feeder they don't feel safe at. So, maybe there's something that they feel threatened by nearby. Other than that, I got nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    Is it the same feeder...or the same feeder location? (Didn't know if you had moved the "unused" feeder around to different spots or not.) If it's the location, I've heard that some birds won't use a feeder they don't feel safe at. So, maybe there's something that they feel threatened by nearby. Other than that, I got nothing.
    I think you have solved the problem. I do have a rain gage right beside it that has a large dragon fly on it.

    Thanks I will move the gage and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    My brother's in-laws sent my wife and I a really nice bird feeder as a housewarming gift. It's called the Squirrel Buster Plus...and it's worked flawlessly for the week we've had it up. I've got it filled with black oil sunflower seeds. I also went ahead and got a suet feeder to see if that would increase interest from birds, although most of them seem most interested in the sunflower seeds.

    Thus far I've seen cardinals, house finches, goldfinches, black-capped chickadee, and a few visits from a downy woodpecker. There's been a bluejay hanging around a little, but I haven't seen it at either of the feeders yet.
    So I've currently got a suet feeder and the feeder I mentioned above out in my yard, and I've had a RIDICULOUS number of birds on a daily basis over the last month in particular. There are usually a handful of chipmunks and squirrels sifting through the sunflower seed hulls under the feeder as well. It generally takes 2-3 days for the birds to go through the entire 3 quart capacity of black oil sunflower seeds in the big feeder, so there's always an abundance of sunflower hulls on the ground underneath the feeder.

    Anyway, I went out to light up my grill on Monday afternoon and got buzzed by a red tailed hawk taking off out of the yard. It'd been on the ground near one of the feeders. I walked over to the general vicinity of where it had been standing in the yard, and found bits and pieces of at least two chipmunks. Then I found a leg and part of the tail of a squirrel underneath the big zelkova tree in my backyard.

    Anyway, I refilled both feeders, and neither of them has been touched since Monday. I haven't seen a single bird or chipmunk, and I've seen exactly one squirrel. Wonder how long it is before I get any action back at my feeders.

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    ^ I have not seen any humming birds all this week. Plenty of other birds. I wounder if they have headed south? I loved watching the humming birds each day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold sunrise View Post
    ^ I have not seen any humming birds all this week. Plenty of other birds. I wounder if they have headed south? I loved watching the humming birds each day.
    I'm planning on adding a couple of hummingbird feeders next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold sunrise View Post
    ^ I have not seen any humming birds all this week. Plenty of other birds. I wounder if they have headed south? I loved watching the humming birds each day.
    Did you solve your problem with the one feeder not being used? Forgot all about asking you if the fake dragon fly ended up being the issue or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    Did you solve your problem with the one feeder not being used? Forgot all about asking you if the fake dragon fly ended up being the issue or not.
    Yes the dragon fly must have been the problem. I moved the feeder and they started coming to it. Thanks. I would never had thought that would be the problem.

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    Both of my bird feeders were destroyed by Irma. I knew I was forgetting to bring in something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gold sunrise View Post
    Yes the dragon fly must have been the problem. I moved the feeder and they started coming to it. Thanks. I would never had thought that would be the problem.
    Glad it worked out for you. I would've never thought a dragon fly would be intimidating, but maybe to hummingbirds it looked like CWB's red tailed hawk.

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