Tuesday, January 16, 2007

How to Choose the Right Feeder For your Hummingbird.

Feed Yourself with a Little History The first hummingbird feeder that was sold in the market was invented by Boston's Laurence J. Webster. He was primarily motivated to invent such a tool for his spouse, but a feature on a famous magazine gave way to the demand for the public release of Webster's hummingbird feeder in 1950.

How to Choose the Right Hummingbird Feeder Various designs of feeders for hummingbirds are sold both in online and land-based bird specialty shops and general merchandise stores.

Material - Hummingbird feeders can be made in glass, ceramic, or plastic. Aesthetics play a huge role in decision making though you should also consider the durability of the material as well. Excessive shaking, force, or pressure can cause glass or ceramic hummingbird feeders to fall while plastic hummingbird feeders are essentially immune to such factors.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Feed birds in winter

Red house finches are partial to thistle seed and in the winter thistle feeders may also attract more rare species, such as the American goldfinch, lesser goldfinch, and pine siskin.

Doves, white-crowned sparrows and juncos will benefit from sunflower seed and millet. Any mixed seed blend containing these will draw these birds in.

"Some hummingbirds, such as the Anna's, stay around through the winter so keep a hummingbird feeder up," said Rita Schlageter with the Red Rock Audubon Society. "You may also see some little yellow verdins visiting it. It's also a good idea to leave some winter flowers in the landscape, especially brightly colored, tubular ones."

Nuthatches, those birds that climb up and down the tree trunks and the Say's phoebe look for insects to eat. For these birds there are feed blends containing dried insects available from specialty stores.