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  1. You’re learning to anticipate the weather’s effects and making a beautiful photo in the bargain, that’s nice. Our hummingbird feeder had two birds early this morning when there was barely enough light to see. I have to remember to bring it in overnight in the coming days. It’s supposed to be around -5C here overnight between Christmas and New Year. I am not looking forward to it!

    • Thanks Lynn. I have to keep an eye on our feeder also. It was frozen this morning so we had a disappointed hummingbird hovering around. Yes, a strange warm blip here tonight before more colder weather.

  2. Your glass bird bath is far more elegant than our old barrel top, but it’s one less thing to worry about freezing.
    If you haven’t noticed it before, it’s seen at https://gunta.photos/2021/08/15/creekside-again/ (3rd and 4th photos from the end). The hummingbird feeder is a conundrum. If I bring it inside to keep from freezing, then the birds have to wait for one of us to get up and put it outside in the morning. 😴

    • That’s a great bird bath – almost maintenance free. Our hummingbird feeder is right outside our living room window so if it is near empty or frozen they stare in the window until I do something about it. Timing is always difficult in freezing weather. Hummingbirds have only started hanging out all winter here in the past three years. I’m not sure what they do if the feeder isn’t available.

      • The bird bath serves a 2nd purpose. We have to pump the septic system output up the hill to the leach field (so it doesn’t drain into the creek)… so the barrel covers the unsightly access to the pump. The birds seem to like the arrangement.

        Seems I’ve been a rolling stone and moved around a great deal. Two houses back, I also had a feeder outside the living room window. I swear them little hummers would TAP on the window to complain when the feeder was empty. Early spring we had an influx of Rufous, chasing off the year round resident Anna’s. There were so many of them and so feisty that I had to put out 4 feeders that would hold a quart each at all four sides of the house. They would empty those in a day, attacking the filled feeder while I tried to hang it. As for winter… I got to observe an Anna’s who was hanging around in the apple tree where I watched it from the kitchen window. He would get all fluffed up and sit there patiently waiting for me to put out a thawed feeder. I believe they go into torpor waiting for things to warm up a bit. I’ve read that they have managed to extend their territory to the north thanks to folks putting out feeders. Which suggests that they are depending on those feeders. We also are quite lax about our spider webs since the hummers raid them for the bugs for protein (and nest building in springtime).

      • I was a little nervous where your septic system story was going and I was hoping that was fresh water we were seeing in the bird bath 😲 A good use for the barrel. I have seen hummingbirds collecting spiderwebs for their nest and have found a few over the years. They are extremely well built and strong. It makes sense that they are bug eaters as there is no protein in sugar water.

      • Hahaha… The water is fresh as rain this time of year… with supplements from the hose in summer! Fortunately the upturned barrel is mainly decorative except for the (water proof) rim at the top.
        We like to encourage all the bug eaters we can around here… not so much the bird snatchers (our 16 quail from last summer are now down to 10), but we can’t always be choosers. We seem to be noticing more raptors in the neighborhood of late. Then again we both witnessed one of the growing population of doves/pigeons(?) providing a tasty treat for one of the hawks. The circle of life…


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