Our first big snowfall of the season started last night. The low temperature here was 26F (-3.3C). For my hummingbirds I have 3 feeders available. Two of them were frozen up this morning. I placed a heater ... yes, heater ... on the 3rd feeder and it did not freeze up. See more below about the heater.
|Anna's hummingbirds are now regular winter residents in Seattle.|
The shot above is actually taken through my window.
This bird is a regular at my feeders.
The hummer is resting in a tree about 6 feet away
from one of my feeders.
|We had at least 6 inches of snow, probably more.|
This much snow overnight is quite unusual for Seattle.
|This hummer is in a tree in the front yard about 50 feet from the feeders.|
Their routine is to feed for a few seconds, jet down to the tree, and
rest there for several minutes. Repeat.
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|This is my first year to keep feeders available for hummers all winter.|
I did my homework on what to do about preventing feeders from
freezing up in cold weather.
|The "heater" is actually just a small light bulb in|
a small container that clips on the the rim of the feeder.
|Of course, the light needs power, so must be plugged in.|
Luckily, I do have a power outlet on my deck.
|Of my 3 feeders this was the only one that did not freeze up last night.|
Our low temp was about 26F (-3.3C)
|Of the 2 feeders that did freeze, they were also covered|
with snow. I took them down, and refilled them with fresh
nectar. The hummers took to them immediately.
|A few nights ago at sunset I happened to catch 2 hummers|
on one feeder. That is rare because they are not good at sharing.
I've noticed that late in the evening and early in the morning,
when they feed heavily, they are more likely to share a feeder.
|The American Robins are back this morning.|
More about them in a previous post,
Birds of a feather.
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|Closer look at one of the American Robins.|
This one looks healthy to me.
|A Maersk Line freighter is departing Seattle in this shot.|
At the bottom ... Elliott Bay Marina, home to 100s of sailboats.
Above the ship, in the distance, Bainbridge Island, WA and
the Olympic Mountains.
|A very unusual piece of marine traffic. |
There were 3 tugs guiding this crane.
I believe this is the largest barge based crane I have seen.
The tugs provide a bit of scale.
|They took several minutes to spin this equipment around|
before docking it at Pier 91.
Spotted on February 11th
|Looking southwest just before sunset.|
|Taken a few minutes after the previous photo and after the sun|
got below the clouds.