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#1 User is offline   sthh 

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 01:48 PM

Have been doing this for some years now, and i think i fed a whole generations of these sunbirds. They come daily, and can finish this cup of sugar water in 1 day.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 02:01 PM

Good job! You are real kind to the birds. :notworthy:/>
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:16 PM

These little birds, some of them can lives for a good number of years. And they bring their offspring to come and drink the water too, so I can get the company of birds and their songs all the time.
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:26 PM

If you provide them with nesting material, they may build a nest on your property too. Maybe on your orchids. They would weave their nests on soft twicks or branches. Nesting material can be old soft cotton strings or cloth. The older softer the material the better.
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 05:22 PM

Nice..would be interested in doing that too as I have lots of them in my garden. Just wondering how much sugar you add to the water. Btw, wont it attract insects, especially ants?
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 06:27 PM

View Postjambul, on 25 June 2014 - 05:22 PM, said:

Nice..would be interested in doing that too as I have lots of them in my garden. Just wondering how much sugar you add to the water. Btw, wont it attract insects, especially ants?


I add 3 teaspoon of sugar into that small little cup, which is slightly larger than the size of the chilly takeaway container. It must have enough sugar so as to preserve the solution, and hence will not go bad.

Of course it will attract ants, and even lizards come and drink from it too. The birds just slurp it up with or without ants. I think those ants are extra protein for the birds.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 06:29 PM

View PostGreyfingers, on 25 June 2014 - 03:26 PM, said:

If you provide them with nesting material, they may build a nest on your property too. Maybe on your orchids. They would weave their nests on soft twicks or branches. Nesting material can be old soft cotton strings or cloth. The older softer the material the better.


Actually, they did build a nest on a shrub i planted. But the shrub was exposed to the weather, so the birds took down the nest. That's the only attempt. They never build another nest again.
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 12:06 AM

I have sunbirds coming to drink from my butterfly pea plants everyday, throughout the day :-)
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:42 AM

Did they visit even if you had not yet set out the feeder? I've only Maynahs and sparrows hanging around with the occasional green bird. Hung out a bird feeder for months, the seeds just go bad without any new visitors... Your sunbirds are so pretty :wub:/>
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:05 AM

These birds like to visit my cat whiskers plant and pomegranate. Attracted to the red colour. sometimes, they pass out the mistletoe seeds and wipe on the branches of the pomegranate.
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:28 AM

View Postflora123, on 26 June 2014 - 12:06 AM, said:

I have sunbirds coming to drink from my butterfly pea plants everyday, throughout the day :-)

Yeah, these birds are nectar feeders.

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Did they visit even if you had not yet set out the feeder? I've only Maynahs and sparrows hanging around with the occasional green bird. Hung out a bird feeder for months, the seeds just go bad without any new visitors... Your sunbirds are so pretty :wub:/>/>


Actually, they do. If the water is not replenish, they will make a lot of noise. I have seen some of the birds when they are babies, and their parents brought them here to drink too. These baby birds don't really know how to fly away, and they just make lots of noise. Now they have grown, and they learn how to drink.
Sunbirds are nectar feeders. So bird feeders with seeds don't really attract them.

View PostAhSeng, on 26 June 2014 - 08:05 AM, said:

These birds like to visit my cat whiskers plant and pomegranate. Attracted to the red colour. sometimes, they pass out the mistletoe seeds and wipe on the branches of the pomegranate.

Yeah. These sunbirds deposited a mistletoe on my shrub, and it is now growing.
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:15 PM

Thanks for sharing, sthh

good to see them around.
my area has no more. not sure why... use to see some coming for flower.
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Posted 05 November 2014 - 12:27 AM

View Poststhh, on 25 June 2014 - 01:48 PM, said:

Have been doing this for some years now, and i think i fed a whole generations of these sunbirds. They come daily, and can finish this cup of sugar water in 1 day.


I tried the setup and it works for me too!
Thanks for the sharing.
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 11:31 AM

Hi everyone,
Just saw this post... My little garden has lots of feathery friends and glad that they share their bundle of joy with me over the years :wub:/>/>

This is the nest of Olive Back Sunbirds hanging over my hoya plant and they have recycled the same nest over and over again. Wonder if they are the same couple...

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j419/SuLinLua/20160229_104315_zpsoxb3k09h.jpg

This is another nest at the other corner. More than 10 chicks (2 chicks each round) have flew off from this nest :rolleyes:/>/>

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j419/SuLinLua/DSC_6930_zpszapdxfkm.jpg
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