Last month, I was fortunate enough to escape from New York City and spend a weekend off the grid at a friend’s family lake cabin in the Adirondak Mountains; three quality days of campfires, paddle boating, hammock-ing, splaying out in awkward positions on a diving board to work on my non-existent tan (photo evidence at the bottom of the page) and not bothering to check my BlackBerry because I didn’t get a signal anyways. It was glorious.
I also spent a fair amount of time that weekend swatting away large, flying insects, mostly of the dragon and horse fly variety — a small price to pay for hanging out at a remote lakeside paradise for a couple of days.
Then there was the moment when a winged critter of substantial size descended on a friend and I as we sat, blissed-out, by the lake. Out of habit, we started swatting it away before realizing it wasn’t a pesky dragonfly but a hummingbird dropping in to say hello. After we stopped all the fussing, the hummingbird hovered directly in front of us for a moment, fully revealing itself as to say “knock it off, I’m not what you think I am” before taking off.
Designer Jim Schatz is no stranger to eye-catching modern birdfeeder design — check out the Drip Drop Bird House, Mobile Bird Feeder series, and the Egg Bird House and Feeder — but with the Hummingbird Feeder, he takes on an entirely new type of clientele with an entirely different set of needs. Inspired by the hibiscus flower and designed with the feeding habits of the Trochilidae family specifically in mind, the ceramic feeders are available in six bright shades with complementary stamens meant to attract backyard hummingbirds (Shatz recommends that first-timers go with the Red Hot model) and keep them coming back for more. Each 1 pound feeder holds 1 ½ cups of nectar (1 part sugar dissolved in 4 parts water), is easy to clean and maintain, and comes with a rust-resistant hanging wire.