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Thursday, December 5, 2013

On the fifth day of December

Nature shared a flurry and

a Hummingbird buzzed by to fuel up, have a little rest, a little more sustenance and off it flew, returning a few times during the day.


I had made a fresh batch of nectar for the hummingbird feeder and will make sure the liquid doesn't freeze, replacing it often, and perhaps covering the container with bubble wrap for insulation like I did last year.

 Many Dark-eyed Juncos gathered around the seed feeders and pecked through the light snow covering.  Here's one fluffed up and having a little ponder about the powder ;)


More flurries most likely tomorrow.

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    1. Sure is, greenthumb ~ and a resilient one at that!

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  2. Lovely to see pictures of the birds that come to your garden - I've never heard of Juncos, great name.

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    1. Thanks Elaine ~ more in today's post. The Juncos are very prevalent here in the winter ~

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  3. Must be great to have Humming Birds visiting.
    What would we do without bubble wrap?

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    1. Yes, it is great to see the hummingbirds, John. Their wings give off a whirring sound, and always feel like a need to duck when they're around. They're so swift. Bubble wrap and Bungee cords ~ most helpful!

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  4. Both lovely looking birds. Flighty xx

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    1. Thanks Flighty ~ More dropped by today :)

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  5. I am amazed that Hummingbirds can survive cold at all. I wish we had them here.

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    1. I am amazed, too ~ especially when it gets below zero. Apparently they go into a torpor at night to reduce their metabolic rate... here's a link about hummingbirds and that particular adaptation for survival.

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  6. Lovely to find out more about Anna's Hummingbird. You are so lucky to be able to see these amazing little birds close up. I been watching programmes about them lately, astonishing creatures aren't they, truly magical. I love the Juncos, I've never heard of them before.xxx

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    1. They are special tiny creatures, Snowbird ~ and now that it is so cold, I want to make sure the feeder is available, and not frozen! Juncos are quite common here, especially in winter.

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  7. How in the heck to you manage to keep hummingbirds coming into the winter? They all left here in early October. Take good care of the little beauties.. I know you will. Love juncos, also.

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    1. Hi Hilary ~ These particular hummingbirds are here year round, but must find the cold rather difficult for their tiny, not very fluffy, bodies. Hopefully the feeder will help ~ I've have it indoors tonight so that it doesn't freeze up like last night.

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  8. They sure know where to come for a good refueling. Great shots, Glo!

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    1. Thanks, Nikki ~ I hardly have time for anything else with filling feeders and taking photos! Christmas is strewn all over my dining room...waiting. ;)

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