Hummingbirds are lovely, quaint birds that often boast brightly colored bodies and wings. Attracting them to your front yard is really easy when you have the right feeder. These grateful gnome hummingbird feeders are gorgeous all by themselves, but come alive when adorable hummers come for a drink.
While there’s nothing wrong with a robin or a blackbird and they’re all beautiful in their own right, you can’t beat looking out your kitchen window and seeing a majestic hummingbird hovering around your feeder.
Hummers rarely grace us with their presence when we don’t have hummingbird attracting flowers or an alluring (to them) feeder. Thankfully, some companies have come up with gorgeous blown glass hummingbird feeders that are not only attractive to us humans but also to hummers.
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Grateful Gnome is a brand that makes unique and amazing looking hummingbird feeders – some of the best on the market. These feeders all have a perch for the birds, tiny holes for the hummingbird’s thin beak, and are designed specifically in colors that hummingbirds are known to be attracted to.
If you’re looking for a bird feeder to encourage hummingbirds to your garden, look no further than Grateful Gnomes. Below we’ll be picking five of our favorite Grateful Gnome hummingbird feeders along with a buyer’s guide to make sure you know what to look for when you’re ready to buy yours.
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The material of your hummingbird feeder is an important factor to consider as it will greatly impact the usability. Plastic feeders are widely available and often more affordable than glass. However, you’ll have to ensure it is suitable for prolonged periods of time in the sun as well as if it is suitable for food or not.
Glass is very accommodating as it is weather and heatproof, durable, proper for food use. Of course, glass is a little more expensive than plastic feeders and you’ll need a secure place to hang it to prevent any accidental breakage.
All of the Grateful Gnomes hummingbird feeders are made of durable blown glass.
Hummingbirds are nectar hungry birds and are attracted to flowers full of nectar. As long as your feeder is colorful to mimic the flowers, hummers will be attracted. Feeders for hummingbirds can be red, yellow, orange, purple, or a combination of these colors.
All of the feeders above have unique patterns that mimic the look of flowers really well.
Hummingbird feeders are often complex with small compartments where the nectar can be easily trapped. If this happens, you’ll need to get it out before it sits too long and goes moldy. This can easily be done by soaking the feeder in hot water. Just make sure the feeder can be detached from the metal parts as they’re most likely to rust.
Another thing to consider is whether the material of the feeder can withstand the heat of the water, as the last thing you want is to purchase a feeder that warps and becomes unusable after the first wash.
The Grateful Gnomes hummingbird feeders in our top five picks are of different sizes to accommodate different levels of nectar. The larger feeders will hold more nectar and therefore not need to be replenished as much. However, this may spoil meaning the nectar is wasted. Decide whether you have a need for more nectar due to a large number of hummingbird visitors to your garden, or whether a small feeder will suffice.
There are a number of additional features that can come with hummingbird feeders that can be very beneficial to avid birdwatchers. The first is perches for the birds to sit on while they’re drinking. This can keep the birds close to the feeder for longer and give you the opportunity to get your camera out before they all fly away.
Another beneficial thing to look for in hummingbird feeders is an ant moat. As nectar is sticky and sweet, ants are naturally attracted to it and you may find you have an infestation in no time. Although hummingbirds like to eat insects for their source of protein, they don’t like ants and will often not return to your feeder if ants are around. Ant moats are excellent for keeping the ants at bay and leave all the nectar for the hummingbirds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the best place to put a hummingbird feeder?
The best place to put your hummingbird feeder is somewhere in a shaded spot which is both noticeable and private, convenient, and protected. Simple, right?
Examples of places to hang the feeder are near a window where decals are used to prevent them from flying into the glass, near a cover with perches where the birds can rest while feeling safe, or in the middle of a lot of nectar-rich flowers which will attract the birds.
How to fill grateful gnome hummingbird feeder?
If you’re a first-time Grateful gnome feeder user, you might wonder how to fill it. Here’s a video that shows you exactly how to do it:
- make sure to do this over your kitchen sink, so you don’t spill nectar where you don’t want it
- turn the base counterclockwise to unscrew it
- fill the glass past with nectar
- screw it back together
- turn the base down and glass up. If any nectar leaked, give it a quick rinse, and you’re done!