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Monday, December 9, 2013

On the ninth day of December

Nature may have some snow in store for us overnight ~ so we'll see.


Here's a most interesting and informative youtube video I found online about Anna Hummingbirds, the kind that frequent my feeder.  I'm sure you'll enjoy it ~ and even be quite amazed!


This evening I took a walk around the neighbourhood ~ wearing shoes with good treads in case the road was slippery. 

Here are a couple of photos I took.


If it does snow overnight, I'll be able to check for footprints in the morning to see if any wildlife wandered through the yard :)

20 comments:

  1. Lovely shots, Glo. I didn't watch the video.. too many other audio things going on around me right now.

    I understand the excitement of checking for tracks. We've been getting deer on our property. It's such a treat to see them.

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    1. Hi Hilary ~ I hope you do get a chance to see the video as it is quite enlightening! No snow today, so no tracks to investigate. I'm sure you are loving the wildlife around you by the lake ~ should be an extra special Christmas :)

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    2. Well I came back to watch it just now. Wow.. at first I thought that little one had frozen to the feeder and died there. How cool is that that they can trance out like that. Though I imagine that it makes them vulnerable to predators at that time. Very cool though. Thanks for nudging me back. :)

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    3. So glad you watched the video Hilary! If I had ever seen a hummingbird in the torpor stage, I, too, would have thought it had frozen to death! Amazing to see ~

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  2. A great video. I have some spiky feet for icy weather. It's a pity I don't think to wear them until I've slipped over.

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    1. I was thinking of you and the result of slippery surfaces when I donned my good gripper shoes. I also have rubber tracky things to attach to my shoes or boots, but usually wear those in snow. Glad you enjoyed the video ~ it was quite informative I thought and kind of amazing to see the bird hanging in a torpor!

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  3. fascinating stuff - I couldn't believe that picture of the bird asleep - wonderful

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    1. I thought it was fascinating too, Elaine ~ I'd read about about them going into a torpor, but that was the first time I'd seen it. I wonder what I would have thought if I'd seen one like that on my bird feeder ~ I probably would have thought it had frozen to death!!

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  4. Thanks for the informative video. It makes me think that they could survive over here. A pity there are no Humming Birds wild in the UK.
    Lots of berries there and here also.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the video, John. The climate here is quite similar to that of much of the UK so they could possibly survive there. Yes, lots of the same flora, too!

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  5. Wonderful, informative video and lovely photos. Flighty xx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the photos and video, Flighty ~ always good to expand our knowledge of wildlife!

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  6. what a wonderful video, such beautiful birds, i don't think i realised they winteres so far north!

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    1. Glad you found it interesting CGP ~ we are on Vancouver Island.The west coast of Canada, and the Pacific North West (of the USA) share a lot of the same wildlife, and have much milder climates that most of Canada.

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  7. Wonderful video - yes helped me plan for the feathered friends Christmas dinner.

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    1. Glad to hear your birds will be well looked after for Christmas dinner, Denise :) Thanks re video ~ I really enjoyed it too.

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  8. Oooooh....snow...BEAR PRINTS????? I'm holding my breath. I can't learn enough about Hummingbirds, what a treasure to have them. xxxx

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    1. Haha, you make me laugh, Snowbird. First ~ no snow as forecast, so no foot prints. I've seen bear prints down by the river, but don't want to see any in my garden, although they have been known to wander into gardens and yards. I usually see deer, raccoon and rabbit tracks, which is just fine ;)

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