Rated 2 out of 5 by 1
Rated 2 out of 5 by SideshowBob Humans like it better than birds...
I bought this humming bird feeder at the same time that I purchased the "Stokes Select More Birds Diamond Humming Bird Feeder" (petsmart item 36-5254397), to see which feeder would be easier to fill/clean/maintain, etc, and which one the birds would like better.
Suffice it to say that the hummingbirds *overwhelmingly* preferred the Stokes bird feeder to this one, to the point where they were literally fighting for space on the other feeder while this one remained nearly completely ignored. The Stokes feeder would need to be refilled almost every other day, while this one would barely see 1/4 of the food consumed.
When I watched them, I noticed that they seemed to prefer the Stokes feeder because that one has a little ring perch they can sit on while they drink, and they can take their time feeding. Unlike this feeder, where the birds are forced to constantly fly/hover while feeding.
While we tend to think of hummingbirds as being constantly on the move, the surprising thing I learned as I watched them on the other feeder is that they like to just sit and feed, taking drinks here and there at their leisure. This feeder doesn't allow them to do that.
While the feeder itself is very pretty, the hummingbirds themselves definitely prefer function over form.
October 2, 2016