About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Best Hummingbird Feeders

When you are looking for a new feeder make sure it is easy to fill and easy to clean. This is important especially in hummingbird feeders which should be cleaned and refilled with sugar water at least once a week and more often during warmer weather.

My favorite hummingbird feeder is the original Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) saucer style. These hummingbird feeders are easy to fill and more importantly easy to clean. The saucer style is leak proof and bee resistant and the built in ant-moat stops ants from reaching the nectar. The feeder has perches (I love it when they stop to drink) and three feeding ports.

The cover is bright to attract hummingbirds and has raised flowers to prevent rain from running into the bowl. Both the cover and the clear bowl are constructed with UV stable poly carbonate, the most durable plastic available and are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The hanging rod is solid brass. Feeders can be hung or post mounted. It comes with a lifetime guarantee, and is made in the USA. This WBU saucer style comes in different sizes and colors too.

Then the Jewel Box Feeder was designed. The semicircular-shaped reservoir holds up to 8 ounces of nectar. It has three raised flowers feeding ports, an optional ant moat that surrounds the feeder, and it mounts easily to the window with suction cups or can screw into a deck. The hinged lid allows for easy filling, while a convenient latch keeps other animals from opening it. The feeder is bright red to help attract hummingbirds and it’s made in the USA with a lifetime guarantee.

But what really set it apart from other feeders was the HighView™ perch. Once hummingbirds discover the feeder, the HighView™ perch invites them to rest comfortably and drink from any of three feeding ports. While the perch is very comfortable for the hummingbirds to rest and drink it also allows you an easy unobstructed view of the beauties. Win, win!

And now I’m excited about the introduction of the HummZinger HighView™ Feeder! It takes the best features from the best selling original Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) saucer style hummingbird feeder and adds the HighView™ perch from the bestselling Jewel Box Window hummingbird feeder to create the best new feeder on the market today.

The HummZinger HighView™ feeder offers an upgrade to the classic line of saucer hummingbird feeders. The feeder includes a HighView™ perch that invites hummingbirds to rest comfortably as they drink from any of four feeding ports while also offering an unobstructed view of the birds. The built-in ant moat blocks crawling insects and the patented Nectar-Guard tips (optional) on the feeding ports prevent bees, wasps, and other flying insects from contaminating nectar. The bright red cover attracts hummers from a distance and is removed easily so the bowl can be cleaned quickly and thoroughly. It’s constructed in the USA of unbreakable polycarbonate and backed with a lifetime guarantee.

* HighView perch for optimal viewing
* Redesigned built-in ant moat
* Easy cleaning and filling
* Drip and leak proof
* Features nectar-level indicator on bowl
* 4 feeding ports
* 12 ounce capacity

Are you ready for hummingbird season? Check the map at http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html to see where the have been sighted!

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