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Saturday, December 7, 2013

On the seventh day of December

Hmmm...well, the contents of the hummingbird feeder that I brought in last night leaked out into the bucket.  It would probably have stayed full if I had hung it from a chopstick placed across the top of the bucket. Anyway, that led me to quickly make more nectar and wait until it cooled down before rushing out into the cold morning to replace the feeder on the branch.  I also made enough for two extra batches and bottled them so I don't have to go through such a rigmarole each time!  Could have thought of that in the first place ~

The sunrise glancing off the snow-topped  mountain ~ peeking through a filigree of branches...

Happy to say that the Hummingbird feeder was busy all day ~ starting bright and early until it became dark around 4:30 p.m, when I couldn't see it any longer.


The drama today, however, involved the big guys who were vying for the sunflower and nut block!

Enter the Steller's Jay, our Provincial bird.

A Northern Flicker comes onto the scene

and peeks around the tree trunk


Face off

Somehow a starling finds its way into the mix ~ and feathers fly ~

Beautiful plumage ~

The Steller's Jay wonders if this is a possibility .... hmmm? 


Meanwhile, little Hummingbird sits in the sun for a long time on a nearby branch.  Do you think it's sticking its tongue out at the Jay, or warming it up after all the chilly drinks ;) ?

Cold temperatures tonight again, but the forecast is for slightly warmer and more usual temperatures for this time of year.


For those interested, I have been listening to this beautiful instrumental version (piano and cello) of O Come O Come Emmanuel.  



8 comments:

  1. Wow you certainly do get your share of avian drama there. Wonderful captures. I think that the hummer is suffering one of those ice cream like headaches. ;)

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    1. Tjhanks Hilary ~ brain freeze, you mean! I don't like that feeling ~

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  2. So much wounderful bird life you get and care for, it dose look cold at your place.

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    1. Yes, there are quite a few bird varieties ~ hopefully it will warm up a bit soon!

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  3. Another enjoyable, and interesting, post. Flighty xx

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    1. Thanks, Flighty ~ I'm sure readers are getting a bit tired of the hummingbird, by now!

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  4. What beautiful birds. I did enjoy the jay and was marvelling at the plumage on the northern flicker and to think you get them AND hummingbirds. Glad you are keeping them all so well fed, those temperatures look decidedly chilly. I can't listen to the music as my volume control has disappeared....sighs....xxx

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    1. Thanks Snowbird. Only saw Hummingbirds and Juncos today ~ Sunday. Hope you get your audio figured out :)

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