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BLING! It's beautiful, easy to use, and the little hummers like it.
on January 1, 2015
I ordered this because the picture was beautiful--I couldn't resist the bling of the brilliant orb. I was initially disappointed with the appearance (the thin metal) after receiving it and didn't put it out until midway through summer, after my more expensive glass feeder sprung a leak. It turned out to be my favorite hummingbird feeder, and I can't wait until spring to welcome the hummers back with it!
The feeder is easy to disassemble, clean, reassemble, fill (with a funnel) and hang. It's all metal and glass--no plastic. The style allows the hummers to either perch on the side or hover while feeding. I mix a 1-to-4 sugar-to-water ratio (heat 1 cup of water to more easily dissolve a half cup of sugar, then add ice to top off at 2 cups of nectar). I only put about a cup of nectar in the feeder at a time, so I can clean it at least once per week and not waste nectar (I freeze or refrigerate the extra nectar).
I hung the feeder from a shepherds hook 25 feet from the breakfast nook window, and ruby throated hummingbirds visited throughout the day until dusk; the last visit was in late September (I'm in central Iowa). The hummers frequently perched on the rose and black raspberry canes near the feeder before and after feeding--often flying away in pairs, so one apparently perched while the other continued to feed either at the feeder or in the nearby flower bed. This feeder was about 10 feet from a seed feeder and birdbath, as well as some sunflowers visited by goldfinches; the other birds proximity didn't seem to bother the hummingbirds.
I put Vaseline on the shepherds hook to prevent ants from getting into the feeder, but in the summer heat it didn't stick very well, so I used an ant guard which worked fairly well, but it's red and plastic and detracts from the beauty of the feeder. I would like the vendor or manufacturer to offer an ant guard that matches the style of this feeder.