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The Hummingbird Feeder

I am tired of waiting and have taken matters into my own hands.

Birds are amazing creatures and hummingbirds in particular fascinate me. At our old home we had a plastic hummingbird feeder that attracted a few of the delicate creatures, unfortunately the plastic feeder didn’t last.

A couple of years ago I was in Tractor Supply and saw a glass hummingbird feeder that I thought was particularly attractive. It seemed a frivolous expenditure at the time so I batted my eyelashes at my husband and suggested this would make a great gift for me. Over the next few months I pointed out a number of other glass feeders that I thought were attractive, but noted that I still liked the one we saw at Tractor Supply best.

He actually listened and some six or seven months later decided to buy one for me for Christmas. Of course they no longer had the feeders since hummingbird feeding season had long since passed. Meanwhile, I had purchased another cheap plastic one.

Last spring we once again spotted the feeder that I had initially fallen in love with. I hinted, my husband nodded, but the feeder stayed on the shelf. The next time we were in the store I noted that they still had the feeder and my husband was gracious enough to purchase one for me.

That was last spring. The plastic one has since succumbed to the elements and for the past twelve months the glass feeder has resided in my livingroom waiting to be hung. In the fall it was relegated to the top of the bookshelf but a month or so ago I brought it down, dusted it off and set it in the middle of the coffee table as a reminder to my husband to hang it for me. He’s a bit neurotic about how things are attached to the eaves of our house and I prefer not to annoy him unnecessarily or I would have mounted it myself.

I’ve given up waiting. My daughter spotted a hummingbird hovering around the pot of flowers hanging beside my deck so we decided not to wait any longer but to get my hummingbird feeder filled and out of doors.

Sugar water has been prepared and the feeder has been filled. It isn’t hanging, but it is resting on the deck rail where we can watch it from the living room. Hopefully a hummingbird or two will discover it and allow us to watch them hover as they feed.

The image is my own.

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loriej wrote on June 13, 2014, 11:10 AM

that is very pretty :)

momathome wrote on June 13, 2014, 11:57 AM

That is a beautiful feeder! My grandmother always used to have tons of hummingbirds around her house but they were there for all her flowers, if she had a feeder for it I don't remember it.

Platespinner wrote on June 13, 2014, 4:34 PM

Thank you! I really liked the hot-air balloon design.

Platespinner wrote on June 13, 2014, 4:34 PM

I have a limited amount of flowers around the house, but I"m working on that....

Platespinner wrote on June 13, 2014, 4:35 PM

That's probably a good suggestion.

Platespinner wrote on June 13, 2014, 4:36 PM

I have nothing against the plastic variety, except that I find they deteriorate with sun exposure. I'm sure the plastic parts on this one (the base) will ultimately suffer from the same problem.

ella-romao wrote on June 13, 2014, 11:02 PM

I am really fascinated with birds...God's one most amazing creatures. emoticon :smile: