Hummingbirds are known for mid-air hovering, which is done by repeatedly flapping their wings at a very rapid rate. This quality allows them to fly vertically, backwards or even remain stationary while feeding. Acquiring Hummingbird feeders is therefore a common concern. Accessibility and maintenance are the most important considerations, and a plethora of creative designs is currently available on the market for the birding enthusiast.
A noteworthy aspect of Hummingbird feeder designs, such as the tube feeders, is that the birds find these plain or decorative bird feeders novel, and consequently, they do not immediately recognize them as food sources. They rely on good old instinct, inquisitiveness and keen observation of other Hummingbirds. These birds may prefer a certain feeder to another. When changing from one feeder to another it is advisable to effect this transition gradually. The two may be kept side by side, as emptying and filling is done on both feeders.
This allows for much required familiarity. It is possible that any feeder can be capable of attracting hummers. The key is to lend focus to disassembly ease and cleaning, so that whatever feeder you choose, it can be easily cleaned and put back together and filled. The feeders of basin-style design are thus far better when compared to those of the inverted-bottle type. Moreover, they must be sturdy and easy to hang. There is also the contentious issue of whether to have perches on the feeder. The argument that best supports it is the fact that these migratory birds have energy intensive lifestyles. Perches go a long way in their conservation of calories. Hovering is far more exhausting than normal flight and they would only be glad to have a place to rest as they feed.
Hummingbirds prefer fresh syrup. A basic solution of sugar and water is equally as good as a commercial mix. Nevertheless, sucrose should be preferentially used over beet sugar as evidence shows that this species of birds dislike the latter. Honey is lethal when used as feed, as it ferments quickly when dissolved in water. Red dye should never be used in Hummingbird feeders, as unverified studies indicate that it results in tumors. Cleaning feeders is a simple process; just flush with hot water, remove any black mould and pour out unconsumed syrup. This process yields best results when done every three to four days.
Hummingbird feeders should be hung adjacent to or above a garden thriving with plants and flowers. Close to windows is another favored option although care should be taken to ensure that the evidence of the window is clear to the birds. This is aimed at minimizing risk of injury. Cutouts of wild birds, curtains and blinds are viable options. If all these aspects are observed, humankind and bird may enjoy a symbiotic relationship.