The hummingbirds are migrating north again. Every year I watch my crossvine for its first blooms. That's when I know it's time to put out the hummingbird feeders. And anyone that has fed hummingbirds know they are quite territorial. In fact, they return each year to the same place - so once you begin to feed them, they expect the same service yearly.
My household includes a cat or two, so extra measure was needed to ensure the little hummingbirds' safety. The shepherd's hooks are not tall enough. Placing a feeder high enough in a tree to be safe for the birds required climbing a ladder to get it down. So, this is what we came up with to get our feeders high enough to protect the birds, but allow us access to the feeders without getting on a ladder:
A black iron hook holds the feeder away from the house, allowing it free motion. We originally had a small pulley hanging from the hook, but the rope kept sliding off the side, jamming it up. So, we finally decided upon this rather large, white clothesline pulley. It does the job extremely well.
The rope is currently just tied to a nearby bench. When I want to lower the feeder, I just untie the rope and it gets lowered smoothly to my reach.
A hook allows me to take the feeder off for refilling. Then back on the hook it goes. I usually put the hook on the trellis while refilling the feeder. This insures it will not slide back up unintentionally. After putting the feeder back on the hook, a pull of the rope raises it up to a safe height for the hummingbirds. I then tie the rope to the bench again.
Pretty? Well, no, not really. But extremely functional. And easy. And the birds appreciate the food. I appreciate it's smooth, simple operation. It sure beats getting on a ladder!
How do you hang your hummingbirds feeders?