Requiem to my favorite hummingbird feeder, sigh. I absolutely positively loved my red crackle glass hummingbird feeder. But, a bang and a crash let me know its joyous days had ended. I can only guess that a bigger bird must’ve hit it as I’m not quite sure what knocked it off its hook. Searching Amazon and eBay and finding replacements, but not that gorgeous clear red. Those few times that I could get a perfect shot it would make the image truly pop.
So, for Sundays in My City with Unknown Mami – today’s topic is hummingbirds and feeders; Anna’s hummingbirds in Murphys, California to be precise.
This is the “does this feeder make my butt look big?” Shot. It does capture their iridescence which only shows when the light hits them just so. They’re supposed to position themselves purposefully when doing their mating dance to be sure the light will hit them correctly. Too bad they can’t talk and give me pointers on how to get the light to hit me correctly ….
The new feeder, I’d picked up two yellow on Amazon (these go from $14 to $65 on ebay and Amazon – yes, the exact same Bird Brain crackle glass feeder, different sellers, obviously shop around). Although I manage to break about one/year, I’m a fan of the glass as gets sparkly clean with the bleach sterilizing, plastic not so much. Also, the ones that point down might be gorgeous, but they will always drip sugar water (ant heaven unless you want to put a ring of bug poison directly beneath the dripping feeder). And, yes I did just wash this feeder the eve before – scan down to see why it isn’t squeaky clean.
Usually one bird will start to own a feeder. When that bird has babies, the whole family feeds. As they mature, they’ll fight and eventually one bird will own the feeder again. So this feeder is squeaky clean because this larger male has been owned his feeder all week.
The “center post” yellow that’s been up a year.
You can see the new feeder is popular (and impossible to keep clean!).
I don’t think Bird Brain is continuing to make the crackle glass feeders and I’m not a fan of the newer styles, so did pick up a few lavender ebay (the two yellow were to supplement those in front, now I know I need to keep inventory).
Debating as some sellers say they have red crackle glass (we do get attached to our “stuff”, don’t we?) but their photos look much denser – like Coke bottle glass. For folks with an interest in feeders, I love the style of the ones I put in front of my house, but they hold less than 8 ounces so are empty pretty quickly on our hot days. Lesson – professional photographers would put the feeder in front of a bed of flowers – with mine you can see the lines to the house (ick) in the background. But, it’s through the glass window so I could get this post up, will get a better angle next time J
Hummer food = ¼ cup sugar to 1 cup water. Just nuke or boil the water first and the sugar dissolves perfectly. I know some folks don’t bother to heat the water, but it works best for me.
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