I have found that the best way to hang a hummingbird feeder is on a clothesline type of setup. It also keeps the ants away. I've never seen a snake attempt to get to a feeder along a wire.
On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 9:50 PM <susan...> wrote:
> Dear David and All, > > Rat Snakes can and do hunt hummingbirds. They sense (taste) the birds > around feeders and will use the sit-and-wait strategy. Successful > attempts have been documented. Wayne Irvin sent me an"after" photo a > number of years ago. It was not a good shot -- but one that he was just > barely able to get after running for the camera. > > I have had (a) Rat Snake here moving in the Holly Tree toward a feeder > on more than one occasion in the last couple summers. I am confident it > was honing in on the birds since I have had zero other food-sized > critters on or around the sugar water. > > Note that also Chinese Mantids, Bullfrogs, and Green Herons, among > others, have been seen taking hummingbirds in the eastern US. > > Susan Campbell > Southern Pines, NC > > >