Hummingbird Feeding | The Yankee Birder

Hummingbirds and Feeders

A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening From flower to flower he flies.

I have been on a Hummingbird kick lately. Maybe the cold weather has me yearning for warmer days. Maybe it is just that I love to watch Hummingbirds. Doesn’t everyone love to watch Hummingbirds as they dart among the bright flowers in our gardens. Backyard birding wouldn’t be complete without hummingbirds. Besides nectar from flowers, Hummingbirds enjoy eating insects and drinking nectar syrup from Hummingbird feeders. With over 18 different species of Hummingbirds in America itself, there is always the chance that you’ll see 2 or more types flitting in the flowers.

 

As Hummingbirds eat more than half their body weight daily having hummingbird feeders placed at different spots in your garden can help them in their constant quest for food. There are varieties of Hummingbird feeders that you can display in your garden. You can have functional feeders which are only for the purpose of feeding Hummingbirds or you can create a stunning landscape with decorative Hummingbird feeders placed in various designs, the choice is yours.

There are endless designs for you to choose from. Some models come in the shape of strawberries or apples. Their body shape is bright red, which helps to attract the birds’ attention as Hummingbirds love the color red. There is another Hummingbird feeder that is based on an early 1900s perfume bottle. The feeder is made of clear hand blown glass.

Hummingbirds love to drink nectar from the Trumpetvine flower and there are feeders made of glass that are in this shape. The design style is that of a non-turning Ferris Wheel. Each of these Trumpetvine feeding stations have their own perches which are next to the metal baskets that the individual flowers are set in.

No matter what you choose, be sure to select a Hummingbird feeder that has a red body.This is an invitation to dine in your garden to any hummingbird passing by and attaching more red in various methods will also bring the little birds in droves, bringing a profusion of color to your garden. 

A Hummingbird feeder like thAspect HummZingere HummZinger can be hung near plants and flowering trees or shrubs that Hummingbirds are generally attracted to. This feeder has flower shaped feeding ports with all around circular perch to let hummingbirds sit and drink nectar from the feeder. It’s made from UV stable polycarbonate, which is considered to be the most durable plastic that is available. The HummZinger Hummingbird feeders are also dishwasher safe making it easier to clean them.

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