Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Few More Hummingbird Feeders

hummingbird feeder
Humming Bird Vintage Feeder

More Hummingbird Feeders Mean More Hummingbirds Hanging Around

A Guest Post by Charles Pogue

What this world needs is a few more hummingbird feeders. A few more bird feeders means a few more birds hanging around, and if you watch them closely enough, they can put on quite a show for you.

Few things are as relaxing as sitting out on the back porch and watching the hummingbirds come to feed.

The hummingbird can flap his wings as fast as fifty-two times per second. That allows him to move forward or backward, or just hover in one place like a helicopter. All of that wing flapping has got to make him hungry, and it does.

The hummingbird has to eat more than its weight in food every day or it will starve plumb to death. That means the hummingbird has to eat real often. I guess with all of that wing flapping a hummingbird doesn’t do much but fly and eat. But they sure are a marvel to watch, aren’t they?

hummingbird eatting at feeder
Photo: Shendon

We can help this tiny wonder out with bird feeders that are especially designed for them. I just bet, though, that there are more birds in your yard than just the hummingbirds, and they all get hungry. I for one have never heard a bird’s stomach growl, but they may do it when they are like me and get to the supper table way yonder later than they would like.

How about if we hang up a feederor two around; maybe on the porch or a low hanging tree branch? That not only helps them out, but it gives them a chance to help us out, too, because, you see, when the birds come to appreciate the food, they will provide for us a show to watch, and music to listen to.

That, in my way of thinking, is far better than anything on the television or radio.

DIY Hummingbird Feeders

If you prefer to make your own DIY humming bird feeder, the following links provide instructions:

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