Date: 8/31/17 7:21 pm
From: Gale VerHague (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Attempted Hummingbird Predation
I have found that the best way to hang a hummingbird feeder is on a
clothesline type of setup. It also keeps the ants away. I've never seen a
snake attempt to get to a feeder along a wire.


On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 9:50 PM <susan...> wrote:

> Dear David and All,
> Rat Snakes can and do hunt hummingbirds. They sense (taste) the birds
> around feeders and will use the sit-and-wait strategy. Successful
> attempts have been documented. Wayne Irvin sent me an"after" photo a
> number of years ago. It was not a good shot -- but one that he was just
> barely able to get after running for the camera.
> I have had (a) Rat Snake here moving in the Holly Tree toward a feeder
> on more than one occasion in the last couple summers. I am confident it
> was honing in on the birds since I have had zero other food-sized
> critters on or around the sugar water.
> Note that also Chinese Mantids, Bullfrogs, and Green Herons, among
> others, have been seen taking hummingbirds in the eastern US.
> Susan Campbell
> Southern Pines, NC

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