Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Admiral Ackbar: It's a Trap!

Never owned a bicycle
I was on Amazon last week, freshly equipped with gift certificates I got form work for having "patent of the month" (ohh weeee!) and I saw this "lighted humming bird feeder" for $20 ...  and I thought...  "that's kind of cool".  But I should have listened to Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars:  "It's a trap!"

The feeder DOES light up, yes indeedydo.  And it IS solar powered, conveniently.  But the photo cell
is So Sensitive, that it will NOT turn on until it is pitch dark, and all the hummingbirds have gone to sleep.  I've tried "accelerating" the light activation by placing over the sensor an opaque paper with a rock on top to hold it down in a light breeze, but that only works "sometimes" (I need darker paper, or more sheets of paper...   which...  as a printer's son, I should have an ample supply).

So it lights up...  cost much more than a normal feeder...   looks kinda cool..   but No Hummingbirds drink form it at night.   They are all resting, roosting, storing up energy after their keg parties and wine drinking bashes, kids-to-bed, snoozing once it is dark.   So the lights are for humans, not for humming birds, sadly.
it Does change colors, every few seconds...

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