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.

This got me thinking about hummingbirds — something I don’t regularly experience in the wilds of South Brooklyn — and, of course, hummingbird feeders. I’ve covered regular, seed-based bird feeders and houses in the past (check ‘em out here and here) but not avian buffets that cater to these nectar-drinking beauties with crazy metabolisms. So here’s a look at a newly released, standout model: J Schatz’s vividly colored stoneware Hummingbird Feeders.

Designer Jim Schatz is no stranger to eye-catching modern birdfeeder design — check out the Drip Drop Bird HouseMobile 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. 

Like other J Schatz product lines (including these delightful, made-to-order ceramic Poodle Butts), the Hummingbird Feeders are “Wonder-Certified” and handmade in New York, one at a time, using energy-efficient, eco-friendly production methods. Additionally, the product packaging uses 80 percent recycled content.
Head on over to the J Schatz website to view the entire, gloriously glossy Hummingbird Feeder line. Each feeder is $125 and shipping is free. Have any of your own hummingbird feeding tips that you'd like to share?
Via [L.A Times]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

J Schatz's very un-ho-hum hummingbird feeders
With their bold colors and modern look, J Schatz's new line of handmade stoneware hummingbird feeders are designed to attract the fluttering, nectar-drinking ma