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Sunday, December 03, 2006

for the birds

Re-posting this, (from 8/22/06)...'cause these would make such wonderful gifts!
My husband is a man of action. So when he spied a hummingbird on the patio the other day he quickly decided we should have a proper feeder. As for attracting one more species of wildlife to our door, I was a bit hesitant (we are often visited by turkeys, coyote, snakes, and even a random cow), but at least hummingbirds have the good sense to feed on nectar. Rather like the gods, no?

Our search for something unusual led us to Par-A-Sol ( which crafts possibly the most charming bird feeders I’ve ever seen. Using recycled glass, Parasol recreates classic designs inspired by 1930’s Depression glass and early 20th century perfume bottles. Our feeder now in place, we have seen at least 4 different birds that are happily humming in the garden. And we are happily watching out the window just to get a glimpse of these wonders of nature.

To learn a bit more we consulted the Hummingbird Society and found that while hummingbirds are the world’s second largest bird family, nearly 10% of them are threatened with extinction. You can lend your support at or at the American Bird Conservancy (, both of which have wonderful programs to preserve bird species and their habitats. /jb


Blogger Lucy said...

I bought several hummingbird feeders in the same style as in your photo and could ot use them because all the necter dripped out of the feeder tubes.

So I went back to my inelegant plastic upright feeders and ended up with at least 3 humming bird families by the time they left in October.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Galli Galli Sim Sim said...

Hi Lucy,
Thanks for the insight.

There are a lot of different hummingbird feeders, and this one from recycled glass looks quite beautiful.

But sometimes you gotta go with Substance over Style...go with the one(s) that work for you. /m

9:36 PM  
Blogger cube said...

Wish we did, but I've never seen a hummingbird around my house. We do feed cardinals and a bunch of squirrels ;-)

1:49 PM  
Blogger Galli Galli Sim Sim said...

I guess hummingbird feeder attractiveness depends on what part of the country you reside in. Up here in the north country, hummingbirds have very few food sources in the early spring and need all the help they can get. In southern climates they probably have an abundance of natural food sources so they don't gravitate to the feeder. You can also plant colorful honey-rich plants and flowers like, hibiscus, butterfly bush, bee balm, honeysuckle, trumpet vine and snapdragons. A hummingbird can see a red flower from quite a distance.

2:07 PM  

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