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Anna's Hummingbirds

posted 12/15/2016 11:34:58 AM |
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As an arctic cold front has blasted our usually mild, west coast (more like wet coast), I have been worried about my little Anna's Hummingbirds. I have at least one hummingbird that flies up to my deck, every day, looks in the window, then flies away.

With this cold snap (more like frigid!), I wondered if they'd still be able to survive. When I was out at the lake the other day, I spotted one sitting on the railing of the floating boardwalk. I managed to get a couple of photos, but nothing I'd say was anything more than just an average pic. He certainly didn't appear to be as quick or active as they are in the warmer temperatures. But then, neither am I!

Although I'd planned on going out photographing again yesterday, my plans fell through when I had to stay home for a few appointments. I took that as a perfect opportunity to clean out my trunk and reorganize it. The only thing I can say is, I need to stop buying t-shirts. I have enough to open my own damn store.

Back in the living room, my recliner faces the patio doors and a view of Golden Ears mountain over the city in the distance. When I had my ceiling radiant heat, I had LOTS of birds on the roof, and lots of bird poop on the deck. And why not? All that heat going up into the roof, I'm sure it was wonderful for them. Since I disconnected that and put in a baseboard heater, I don't have the crows and seagulls on my roof anymore. Oh darn! Not.

However, the little chickadees come every day, and hop along the deck or sit on the railing. There are two that seem to frequent my balcony. I haven't seen much of the Stellar's jays, but one Anna's hummingbird visits every day. It flies up to my deck, looks in the window, then flies away. Yesterday, there were two of the little green critters, flying up, looking in the window then off they go.

My begonias were still blooming up until about a week and a half ago, and I'm guessing that's what they're looking for. I love seeing them every day and decided that I'd best get a little feeder for them, seeing as I feel guilty every time they come up here, looking for food. That being said, I thought, I want an electric one, so I don't have to worry about it freezing. Apparently, it's safe to bring a feeder in at night, as they don't feed at night, but I didn't want to have to worry about it freezing during the day.

Although I thought they would be popular, apparently a heated hummingbird feeder is not all that common. I finally found one in Oregon, online of course, and sent a money order off right away. I'm hoping the fellow gets my order today, and ships it out right away. I know exactly where I'll hang it so the birds will have access and I can see them as well.

When B came over last night to collect his money for installing the baseboard heater, he was quite impressed with how the place looked, with my little electric fireplace going, the fibre-opitic Christmas tree changing colour in the dark, and the general ambience of the place. In fact, that's exactly what he said. The ambience was really nice.

Although it's been a bit of a stressful year, now that I'm finished the markets, I'm really enjoying my time off, and my new place. It kind of surprised me the other day when I realized that this was my first Christmas here. It's seemed like a really long time that I've lived here, and I've been so caught up in work and other things, it didn't dawn on me that it's not even been a year since I moved in.

It seems like the stress of the renovations (thank goodness dickhead is just a bad memory now!), led into stress of not having booked my markets in time and having the number severely limited. Then the stress of designing and up-dating a website, only to be flipped off when payment was due. (Yes it was my fault for not having a signed contract).

I was waffling about whether to sue them for the funds they owe me, but have decided to go ahead with it. I had filled out the form to file, but then found some text messages from my daughter in regards to the site and them paying me, so I have to re-write the claim. Now I have time, I'll get on that.

But today, another glorious day, I'm going out with my camera again, and taking advantage of this rare weather. After I mail my Christmas cards.

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Dec 15 @ 11:54AM  
The hummingbirds on the East Coast migrate south and spend the winters in Mexico...a long way to go for those tiny little wings.

The freeze hit here last night. I went outside at 11 and it wasn't cold then and mistakenly left my pepper plant on the front stoop. I haven't been outside as yet, but I know its dead.

Dec 15 @ 12:24PM  
A cold & windy day here.
Thank goodness I'm not homeless and the heater is working great.

If they are Anna's hummingbirds, why doesn't she feed them ?


Dec 15 @ 1:59PM  
We are supposed to have a cold front come through this weekend. All of you would die laughing at us natives as you would think we are facing a state of emergency. I sure would hate to be homeless though because we might get fairly cold.

I want some hummingbirds hanging around, I love seeing them but I only saw them in Seattle.
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