For Father’s Day I received either what will be one of the neatest backyard birding accessories I own, or it will be relegated to my shed full of unwanted and useless paraphernalia. I hope the former. My daughter, Angelin, knowing my love for birds and extreme fondness for hummingbirds, gave me a genuine Humm-Bug, a hummingbird feeder.
Here’s what the package says:
“No need to buy food! Using only bananas and peels. The Humm-Bug is completely safe and all natural. In just a few days, you will have an unlimited supply of protein-packed fruit flies for your hummingbirds to enjoy.”
The idea is that the bananas draw fruit lies and the hummers can add a little protein to their diets – they do insects, you know. Ideally, Humm-Bug is placed near the nectar feeder, sort of like offering a buffet line for our tiny feathered friends.
Say the folks that manufacture this interesting product: “We are not a big company with a major marketing campaign behind us, just a few folks with a novel idea out of Knoxville. The Humm-bug is American-made just down the road in Morristown.”
Wood lines and among dense vegetation are ideal places to locate your Humm-Bug, they say, but be sure to hang the feeder in a shaded area.
In a couple weeks, I’ll let you know how the feeder worked out. In the meantime, if you’d like to risk it and order one for $24.95, go to hummingbirdfeeder.com.