Humming Birds at Finca El Arroyuelo (Piedras Blancas)

The humming birds have taken to our feeders in a big way. Sometimes it looks like La Guardia on a busy afternoon.

For years we had just one small feeder hung on the front porch. During a recent trip to the States we got a larger one and set it up in May.  Although there was always action, neither attracted a lot of attention until about a month ago. Suddenly the rate at which the birds are taking the sugar water jumped. Now I am refilling both once a week. It may be that the larger one is hanging next to a sietecueros shrub adjacent to the porch. This gives them a staging area where they can wait for an opening. Some of them are very aggressive towards others wanting to use the feeders.

We have four species visiting our feeders. They are:

White-bellied WoodStars,

Bronzy Incas (?)

Greenish Pufflegs.

Green Violetear.



  1. Jim G. said,

    January 9, 2012 at 17:14

    Hi Phil,
    I just found your blog (muy bueno) this evening through a mutual connection on LinkedIn. My Spanish wife and I are living in her native country after twenty some yrs in the US. She is a bird fanatic and I support her efforts with my engineering background. She was always very careful to change the sugar water in the hummingbird feeders every three days (recommended) and rinse them in a mild bleach solution to prevent any health problems for the little follows. They need all of the help that we can give them, without adding any more to their plate of woe.
    Best Regards from this side of the Atlantic.

    • pbunch said,

      January 20, 2012 at 12:58

      The nectar does not last three days at our place 🙂 I think we have about 15 birds using the feeders including a couple of fairly large species. I do use bleach. If you ever diece to visit Colombia let us know.

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