It's Spring and I've been spending an unusual amount of time on the Duncraft website, my head swimming from all the new products for my outdoor bird pets.
My house is the local diner to a variety of outdoor birds as well as other critters who hang out under their feeders to pick up seeds that drop. All these guys make a mess, but I do love having them visit.
Except for the occasional oriole and the poor bees that try to get into the drinkwells, the hummingbird feeders are unto themselves. They remain pretty and clean as long as I scrub them and fill them with clean nectar once a week, and there's rarely any kind of mess around them.
Summer through Fall I'll fill a dozen or so plastic milk bottles a week with nectar, as each 32-once hummer feeder will require filling at least once a day. I use a funnel to transfer the nectar into the hummingbird feeders. There is no magic to the recipe:
Hummingbird Nectar recipe:
It's... one part granulated sugar to four parts water.
Boil the water, remove from the heat, and mix in the sugar.
Let cool and then poor into a container and close tight.
Keep the container in a cool room or refrigerate.
Because I love bright colors of hummingbird feeders, I tend to spend more time admiring hummer feeders than feeders for other birds which seem a little dull by comparison. I think you'll see why I fell in love with these new feeders from Duncraft, from the extraordinary colored glass feeders to modern metals, included here are more lovely feeders to draw these magnificent creatures into your yard.
If you're wondering how hummers drink without direct contact with the nectar, as when feeder ports are above the level of the water, read How Hummingbirds Drink Nectar.
These Sphere Hummingbird Feeders are some of the most colorful modern hummer feeders I've seen, sure to attract a charm of hummers. A powder-coated steel frame surrounds a clear glass leak proof dish that holds about 3.5 ounces of nectar. The lids are bright red and have four drinking holes in each one. Each feeder measures 6-1/4 x 5-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches.
The colors of the frames are Aqua, Lime, Orange and Red and you can purchase the set here or purchase them individually. The Orange Sphere, shown above at the lead, is sold here. Find the Aqua for sale here, the Lime here, and the Red here.
The flat glass dish in this feeder will be so easy to clean!
Are you baffled by the "baffle?" It's just another word for the 'roof' on this feeder, which functions to protect the nectar and the birds from rain and sun. Your nectar will stay fresher if the sun is not hitting it directly. The baffle is red glass and provides great shelter at 11 inches in diameter, a good 5 inches beyond the diameter of the frame. You can purchase baffles separately for your feeders, but the Sphere Hummingbird Feeder and Baffle Set go together so sweetly.
With the same glass dish feeder as the Sphere Hummingbird Feeders above, the The Cottage Hummingbird Feeder is enclosed in a very modern powder-coated steel frame - a built in baffle - that mounts to any flat surface. The style is very unique... and it's pretty cool too. You'll find this in Aqua, as you see here, in Orange, and in Red.
Now, here's a gorgeous hummer feeder you can place anywhere there is dirt around your home. There's nothing easier than using a stake. Just make sure it is stable, because ground creatures can do their best to unsettle it. The stake is 37 inches long, so you'll have a good 6 or 7 inches to poke into the ground. The Pot De Creme Hummingbird Stake is made with hand blown aqua glass and red flower tubes. It holds up to 6 inches of water. Fill it with nectar from the cork-like glass top.
The Mini Blossom Sweetheart is one of my favorite hummer feeders. It's simple and elegant. The hand blown glass 4-ounce feeder is encapsulated by black powder-coated metal in a heart-shape with a sweet red glass teardrop charm. The heart-shape frame gives hummers a great place to perch while they defend their nectar source.
Aside from being beautiful, this red crystal and copper hummingbird feeder attracts hummers like crazy as light reflects from its crystal facets. I also love the design of the feeding ports, which keep bees from entering the feeder as well as add to the mystic feel of the Crystal Spiral Glass Hummingbird Feeder.
Before purchasing a hummer feeder, think about where you will hang or place it, as you will want to have good views of its visitors. These feeders don't hold a lot of nectar, but they are so pretty and good for starter feeders. As you draw more hummers to your property, you may want to purchase larger feeders; there's a huge selection at Duncraft.
That's the buzz for today!
(In memory of our colleague, John P. Barker)