1. Mary Decker
    June 1, 2015 @ 8:53 pm

    I love when people are respectful to animals including birds, of course! The genius idea you came up with to help the hummers is so wonderful! I’m going to try that and also pass along your webpage to my other hummer-loving friends! I’m so glad you captured the photo… amazing that you did. Have you ever seen the PBS special on hummingbirds? It’s awesome! Take care.

    • Linda Ledbetter
      June 1, 2015 @ 9:16 pm

      Thanks, Mary! I have seen a PBS show on hummingbirds, and though I don’t know if it’s the one you mentioned, it was great!

  2. sara j
    May 30, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    Great Shot!!! They are amazing little guys. We saw a bright, and I do mean BRIGHT orange one last week in California. At first I didn’t quite know what it was. After seeing that, I’m amazed that anyone could get a photo – least wise one where you can tell it’s a bird! Just goes to show…perserverance is a good thing.

  3. Jacqui Blondel
    May 29, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    What a clever idea Linda. Looks adorable too. You know if it wasn’t for your pictures of hummingbirds, I wouldn’t see them at all, so keep on shooting those hummers. ….. With a camera I mean. We have birds called Rosellas. They are colourful Parakeet type birds. I will have to read up on attracting them to my garden. Your feeder might be just the trick? Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  4. Rea'
    May 27, 2013 @ 4:40 am

    Cool idea I may have to try that! I think they must have switched something in the formula I buy ( I buy the dry and mix it myself) Lately it has been changing to clear ( weird phenomenon) !!!
    My babies visit me often … if their feeder is empty they come down by my ear when I’m outside. I kept telling my husband that I talk to them all the time and the come and say Hi … he laughed at me… well one day while he was outside they came down by his ear !!! So funny he ran inside to tell me ” Your babies tried to attack me they thought I was you ! “

  5. Anita Houston
    May 27, 2013 @ 1:49 am

    Cool! Great idea!

  6. Pam
    May 27, 2013 @ 1:36 am

    Very cool Linda, and what a great shot!!

  7. Marita
    May 27, 2013 @ 1:12 am

    OMG Linda you are a genius! I too am obsessed with hummingbirds and plant multiple gardens filled with plants/bushes to attract them. I will be doing this pronto to my hummingbird feeder!! I stalk the hummers and the butterfly’s and baltimore orioles with my camera. The neighbors probably think I have totally lost it! LOL Thanks so much for you tip!

  8. Linda S.
    May 26, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    In the subdivision where I live in Eastern Nebraska, homeowners are commenting that the HB’s are arriving way earlier than normal. Some have been around since April. Several have also commented that there is a “meany” hanging around this year…it is very aggressive towards the other hummers, and tries to keep them from feeding. I did not know that the red dye was harmful, but I will pass that, and your solution to the problem along to my friends who feed the birds all Summer. Love your photo.

  9. Linda Ledbetter
    May 26, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    Hi Winnie,

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment! Don’t give up on the hummers– I read that in a given year, there’s not a single square meter of the US that isn’t visited by at least one. Keep your feeder out, keep the nectar fresh, and eventually they’ll find it!

  10. Cindy Lou
    May 26, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    Awesome job, it is amazing how many people don’t realize that the red dye is so bad for the little guys. Great idea to use the alcohol ink, you can purchase the red plastic bodies, but they aren’t nearly as elegant 😉 Snap on sister!

  11. Sharon Y
    May 26, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh ya, that will attract those zippy little buggers. Great photo. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Cheryl Grigsby
    May 26, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    Great job, Linda. Love the little birds. I hear them before I see them, every year. Your photography of them is so inspiring!

  13. Winnie
    May 26, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Wow! I love the photo you took too! I got to see them when I visited out west, so I tried to get them to visit me in my garden on Long Island, but alas, never had a visitor. I am freaked to know the red food I was using could be harmful to them. I can’t wait to try making one of my own with my alcohol inks! Even if I don’t get a visitor, it will be pretty!

  14. Scrapthat
    May 26, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the morning chuckle Linda…the size of a sesame seed moving at the speed of light! LOL!
    Enjoy your visitors! 😀

  15. Linda Ledbetter
    May 26, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    Thanks, you guys! Kristine, I didn’t seal it. I wondered about that, too, but I figured that since it’s alcohol ink, I can always just quickly touch it up if need be. It dries so quickly, there’s no “down time.” The color seems to have held up fine after getting doused by the sprinkler last night, so… I guess that means so far, so good!

  16. Terry
    May 26, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    I have to tell you this story! That style of HB feeder is the first one we bought, 15 years ago! Well it started to fall apart and we could not find the same one! Bought a different style and the little brats would not touch it, but kept going to the thrashed one! Bought several fancy ones and our birds will not even think about anything other than clear glass! Finally found one on Amazon and then as luck would have it, a second at our Home Depot! Now we are all happy! Love your HB altered feeder, BTW!

  17. BarbART
    May 26, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    That’s my project for today! Love it – thanks for sharing & Caring!

  18. Michelle Pa
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Excellent photo!! such a quick and easy tutorial thanks 🙂

  19. Cheryl C
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    I’ve also read that the trumpet shape is more important than the color. Some feeders already have a trumpet shaped plastic flower around the hole. But, hey!, you got a hummer pic that is terrif and they won’t forget where you live now. They’ve got a memory like an elephant!

  20. Francesca
    May 26, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    Well done, oh to have Hummingbirds in the garden, far too cold here in the UK.

  21. Ruby Craft
    May 26, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Congratulations! Love your hummingbird photo. And I always love seeing a new way to use alcohol ink.

  22. Netty
    May 26, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    This should definitely attract those wonderful little birds and know you will get some fab photos.
    Enjoy your day, hugs Annette x

  23. sally
    May 26, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Well that really was an inspired move Linda! Great way to improve the look of the feeder and get the darling little hammers into the garden! The photo is lovely too, I shall have to get my stepdaughter organised when I head over to Maine later this year (we don’t exactly get. Any hummingbirds in Scotland !!!) enjoy the rest of Memorial w/e


  24. Bev
    May 26, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    WOW Linda, How Fabulous for you and what a GR8 Lightbulb Moment to think of This Idea. I bet you were Thrilled when that Little Hummer came In. Your Photo is just Fabulous. I’m so Pleased for you and hope you now see Many More.

  25. janine stegman
    May 26, 2013 @ 5:00 am

    Yes, I know and love your obsession with hummers. We get tons and have done the same as you and planted tons of native California plants that attract them. We have a few huge feeders that will have 10-12 at any time trying to get a drink. But I have to say I love it best when they are with nature. I like the idea of the alcohol ink and will have to do that to give ours some character.

  26. Vic
    May 26, 2013 @ 4:13 am

    Wow, fabulous idea. You take the best photos!

  27. Kristine Whittaker
    May 26, 2013 @ 4:11 am

    Awesome, Linda! Did you seal the ink with anything before placing your feeder outside?

  28. Starla
    May 26, 2013 @ 4:08 am

    CLEVER!! I love the photo too!