Sunday, September 11, 2022

Best Hummingbird Feeders

 Hummingbirds are one of the most beautiful birds on the planet. They're so tiny and their wings flap so fast that they appear to be hovering in place, but in reality these birds are able to fly hundreds of miles in a day. That's right, hummingbirds can fly faster than any bird or airplane!



Hummingbirds feed exclusively from flower nectar. This means it's not uncommon for them to visit your yard several times per day. Many people find this behavior annoying because it can leave behind messes, and it can also attract unwanted attention from predators. To keep your hummers happy while reducing the risk of attracting predators, you'll need to build some feeders. There are many types of hummingbird feeders available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Which type will best fit your needs? Let's take a look at the different types of hummingbird feeders available so you can make an informed decision about which is right for you.

Types of feeder

There are two main types of hummingbird feeders available: hanging and ground-mounted feeding stations. Both of these feeders have their pros and cons, but the choice comes down to what kind of location works best for you.


Hanging feeders are hung above the ground, usually from a nail or hook. These kinds of feeders are generally more expensive to buy, but they're easier to install. The drawback is that if someone were to trip over the feeder, it would fall onto the ground. If you want to hang a feeder on a tree branch, then you should consider using a climbing style feeder instead. Ground-mounted feeders are typically designed to sit just below the ground level. In general, ground-based feeders are less expensive to purchase, but installation requires digging up the area where you plan to put the feeder.


Hanging feeder


These are often referred to as "cage feeders," as the feeder itself typically looks like a cage with perches inside. You can choose between a single feeder or multiple feeding stations. Typically, the single feeders come with one opening through which all hummingbirds must pass before reaching the food source. Multiple feeders are designed so that there are openings along the sides. However, only one hummingbird at a time may enter the station through the side feeders.


The major drawback of caged feeders is that they require access to power outlets. This makes them difficult to use in areas without electricity, such as a back patio or a deck. It also increases the chance of electrocution, as the cage is likely placed near overhead wiring. Additionally, there's a greater risk of breakage due to the wires. Because of these drawbacks, I recommend avoiding caged feeders all together.


Ground-mounted feeder


If you live in an area where power outages occur frequently, then a ground-mounted feeder is probably your best bet. These feeders come in various styles; however, most are made with stainless steel. Some models have perches built into the ground, whereas others include a tray that sits directly under a hole in the ground. When installing ground-based feeders, make sure you dig deep enough to prevent the feeder from becoming buried.

You'll notice that these feeders tend to be much cheaper than those hanging feeders. One reason for this is that they don't require any special tools for installation. Another reason is due to the fact that they are usually made of sturdy materials. For example, stainless steel provides durability while aluminum is lightweight. Additionally, ground-based feeders are easy to clean and maintain. All you need to do is wash the container after each use to remove any dirt that has accumulated.


Pros and Cons of ground-based feeders


Pros

Easy to install

Low price

No electricity required

Cons

Dirtier looking

More maintenance

Not ideal for backyard use


Feeding Station Accessories


While the primary purpose of a feeder is to provide food for hummingbirds, there are accessories available that help increase the attractiveness and efficiency of hummingbird feeders. These feeding station accessories help to attract hummingbirds by mimicking plants they prefer to eat from. Most of these products are designed specifically for use with hummingbird feeders, but others are useful for other bird feeders as well. Let's review what these accessories can offer you:


Nectar spouts - Nectar spouts, or "feeders," are designed to give birds something to drink. This helps to reduce spillage and waste, since hummingbirds aren't very good drinkers.


Refills - Refills are often used with nectar feeders and water bottles. By refilling the bottle, you eliminate the need to worry about cleaning the bottle every day.


Vine wreaths - Vine wreaths resemble the flowers hummingbirds love to feast upon. When used correctly, wreathes can increase the number of visits hummingbirds make to your feeder.

Strawberry baskets - Strawberries are high in sugar content, making them the perfect treat for hummingbirds. You can easily add strawberry baskets to your feeders to lure hummingbirds to your yard, especially during the winter months when berries are scarce.

As you can see, there are many benefits associated with using hummingbird feeding station accessories. Each accessory offers a unique advantage, and I highly encourage you to experiment with different types to determine which ones work best for you. 



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Best Hummingbird Feeders

  Hummingbirds are one of the most beautiful birds on the planet. They're so tiny and their wings flap so fast that they appear to be ho...