Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hummingbird panic!

Last night I went to fill my hummingbird feeder. As I removed the feeder from its hook, the string broke!! I am in a 3rd floor apartment. So the feeder fell three floors!

I got a flashlight, and went downstairs to see what happened to the feeder. I found that the balcony for the first floor apartments, sticks out about a foot more than my apartment. When the feeder landed, it was inside the balcony area of the apartment. A high wall prevented me from reaching the feeder. And when I knocked on the door, nobody answered.

Wow! Hummingbird panic!

Shopping for a new feeder
I bought the feeder that fell at Dixieline Hardware, a store near my apartment. But when I looked for Dixieline's hours on the net, they were closed. Target sells hummingbird feeder and they are open until 11pm. Off I went!

When I had returned to my apartment with the only feeder for sale at Target, I looked up for customer reviews. The reviews were rotten! Buyers of this feeder told that the birds would not use it. The reviews stated that the feeder was designed wrong. As a result, the nectar did not come out in the tray where the birds could find it.


When I looked up Wal-Mart online, they were selling several hummingbird  feeders. Wal-Mart opens at 6am. So, off I went at 6am to Wal-Mart. I was the only shopper in the store at that hour.

When I went into Wal-Mart's garden center, I found a bunch of feeders. But every one that I inspected had terrible designs. Some had metal parts which would corrode. Some would not come apart enough to adequately clean the feeder.

Luckily I found a hummingbird feeder that was all-plastic, could be completely disassembled for cleaning and appeared to be designed for proper nectar flow!

The birds love this feeder

Some thoughts about hummingbirds
Even though their heads are so tiny, hummers have a really smart brain. In my home camp near the City of Tequisquiapan in Mexico, I had many hummers coming around for my sweet nectar.

One day I overslept and did not put out the feeders at sunrise as I usually do. One hummer flew around to my bedroom window, buzzing around as if asking me, "Where's my food?" How did that hummer connect me with the missing feeder? Also, how did it know that I was the one responsible for the food and that I could be found in the bedroom?

Another thing about caring for hummingbirds, is that I've developed a protective attitude toward these charming little creatures. I will go to great lengths to take care of them. Like going out at day break as I did for them this morning!



  1. Try taping a note on the first apartment's door telling them what happened and ask them to return it to you. You might want to furnish your phone and apartments numbers. Good luck.

  2. I have that feeder, and it's a good one. One thing I like about it - that some other feeders don't have - is that it has a place for them to grab onto with their little feet and sit while they are drinking. I always figure they'll stay a little longer if they are comfortable. :)

    I agree with Judy above - you just might meet a new neighbor and have a new friend.

  3. I have this same feeder, after many tries with more expensive and fancier hummingbird feeders.

  4. How is your sleep these days?

  5. George, you are truly a great and caring man.

  6. Your hummers are very happy today :)