Monday, June 21, 2010

Hummingbird preferences

Wouldn't you think that the dear little hummingbirds would like this feeder better than the ugly generic red plastic one they've been sipping at for the past couple of months?  We thought they would, and we were thrilled to find something pretty to hang in our kitchen window. But it appears that this new feeder doesn't meet the exacting requirements of Pheobe and Rufus (the names we've given to the hummingbird pair that live in our plum tree).

They've been coming dozens of times a day recently and we've so enjoyed watching them, but since we put up the new blown glass feeder with the glass tube inserts they've completely boycotted their feeding station. So after two days we succumbed and replaced the old plastic feeder.  We certainly don't want them going hungry.  But it doesn't say much for hummingbird esthetics.

Perhaps there's something going on here that we don't know about.  Does anyone know if there's some kind of transferring technique for new hummingbird feeders?

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