Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A New Feeder for my Hummingbirds!

Finally, the Humming birds have returned! Yay! I am so happy. I will get to watch them again as they feed in the numerous feeders that I have around my yard.

I just bought a new
glass hummingbird feeder that is absolutely gorgeous and I think it will attract many more Hummingbirds to my yard. The good thing about a glass feeder is that it will be easy to clean when the season is over. The older plastic ones do the job, but they are really hard to clean the nectar out of, once the Hummingbirds leave. This glass feeder has individual arms with the holes in for the Hummingbirds to dip their beaks in to get the nectar.

I think that a Hummingbird feeder would be an excellant gift for anyone who likes to watch nature, or especially for anyone interested in attracting birds to their yard. It would be a great gift for a teacher present for the end of the school year from your child. Or it would be a lovely present for your best friend.

There is something absolutely mesmirizing about watching these little tiny birds with their wings that beat so very fast, hover over a feeder and dip their beaks in to gather the nectar. They seem to hover in mid air, but it is their wings beating at a rate of over 80 beats a minute! That is very very fast! The Hummingbird is so small that it can fit in the palm of your hand with room to spare too! They are so beautiful with all the different colors and species that you may not even know it was a Hummingbird that whizzed by your head at an enormous rate of speed, unless you actually saw the colors or you knew that you had attracted Hummingbirds to your area with your feeder.

If you have never watched the Hummingbirds, take my word for it, buy a hummingbird feeder, get some nectar to put into it, and just sit back in amazement while the hummingbirds flock to your feeder. They are one of nature's true wonders!


RennyBA July 15, 2009 at 2:26 PM  

You know it looks and sounds so exotic to a Norwegian. Thanks for sharing - I don't blame you for being so enthusiastic :-)

Babs-beetle July 15, 2009 at 7:32 PM  

You have humming birds in your garden? How fortunate you are :)

Dolly's Diary July 16, 2009 at 3:19 PM  

Your post makes me want to go get a feeder, it must be such a beautiful to see!
Janet :)

Zoe Ann Hinds July 18, 2009 at 1:52 AM  

It is extremely important that you clean your feeders on a regular basis, because the feeder can develop mold or bacteria which are quite harmful to hummingbirds.

As a general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to clean the feeder each time it is refilled. You can do so more often if the nectar becomes cloudy or you see black mold.

The best way to clean your feeder is by soaking it in a diluted solution of Clorox and water. Then use a bottle brush to help you scrub it. Be sure to rinse extremely well before putting new nectar in the feeder.

You can also safely clean your feeder by running it though your dishwashers cleaning cycle.

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