As we wanted to capture proof of any hummingbird visits, we needed to not just place our new hummingbird feeders where they could be seen, but also where we could quickly set up our camera and tripod. After trying a few different spots, we settled on two locations in the RainyDayGarden which met both criteria.
From the second-floor window, we have a "bird's eye" view of the two feeders (front, back). The 18-200mm Nikkor lens will let us get close enough for the shot if a hummingbird does indeed come by for a visit. To insure that we don't just get a blur, we placed the feeders in the sun so we could use a fast shutter speed for the shots. If we want to get a closer shot, there are smaller trees and bushes with which we can use as cover at ground level.
These glass feeders are from the Gardener's Supply Company. The feeders are comprised of three pieces (hanger, flask, flower) and the feeders themselves are handmade from recycled glass. The hanger is made from steel and will hook onto a branch or a shepard's hook type of hanging plant stand. The blue flask is hand-blown with a corkscrew bottom which fits snugly into the holder. The flower is made of red glass and is in a shape attractive to hummingbirds. This piece of functional art will enhance the look of the garden whether the birds come or not.
For the nectar, we used a simple recipe found on Birdwatchers.com:
- 1 Part Sugar
- 4 Parts Water
- Boil 1-2 Minutes
- Cool & Store In Refrigerator
The site had lots of do's and don'ts on how to keep a feeder clean and any feeding birds safe. We found the advice quite helpful as we feel that if we (or anyone) put out a feeder, we assume the responsibility to provide the birds with a safe and healthy environment from which to feed.
We put the front feeder next to a butterfly bush. Its flowers should be in bloom later in this month. There is a clear line of view of it from the back deck and from both floors. The rear feeder is next to the Japanese Maple and on top of a large cluster of pink cone flowers.
With the feeders up, we will be keeping a sharp eye out for the little hummers. We have no idea if any of this will work. However, now that we know hummingbirds are found in New England, you can rest assured that we'll keep trying until we get them to our feeders. [Permalink] - Hummingbird Feeder Install