Hummingbirds vs. Swallows

by Linette
(Battle Creek, MI)

Would Swallows scare hummingbirds off? We've had Hummingbirds at our feeder for weeks and ever since last Friday or Saturday we haven't seen any. Last Saturday there were a bunch of swallows flying around going nuts. Swooping around and sitting on the feeder hanger. I asked my neighbor if they still had Hummingbirds at their feeder and they do. How can I get my Hummingbirds back. I changed the sugar water yesterday but that hasn't helped.

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Jun 13, 2017
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Less hummingbirds due to barn swallows
by: Anonymous

We too have come to that conclusion! A group of barn swallows began to hang out on our roof trying to build a nest in the peaks of our front door roof! Even swooping atvout guests! We managed to stop the nest building, but the hummingbirds has been less and less to our feeders! We are sad because we love to see them feed! Was glad to see this post so I could figure out what was going on!

May 30, 2015
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Hummers vs swallows
by: Anonymous

My hummingbirds started to come back like they do each year, but this year I have swallows close in the area and my hummingbird are gone. I too think it's the swallows. Does anyone know for sure??

Aug 13, 2013
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hummers versus swallows
by: Anonymous

I think the same thing that they do scare them off we have one of the orange vines that always has lots of hummingbirds
this year we also had some swallows that built a nest not far from this vine Other years we have always knocked the swallows nest down but didnt this year and I havent seen any humming birds at this vine.. Last year even when it was very hot the birds were there
I still have a few visit my feeder in another part of the yard but the only difference I can see is the swallows


Jul 02, 2011
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Other suggestions
by: Susan

There is a lot we still don't know about hummingbirds. This time of year, they likely have babies to feed, so are hunting insects to feed them.

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