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Anna's Hummingbird in snow
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Posted By: vitc, 02-09-2019, 11:16 AM

Seattle is covered with snow for the last few days, and we've got more overnight. I guess it's hard time for hummingbirds - all food is covered with snow and frozen. I try to keep the syrup in my feeder warm, and the birds appear in minutes once I bring the feeder outside. It's too cold to fly, so they let me approach a little bit closer than usual.

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02-09-2019, 01:43 PM   #2
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Lovely shot and good on you for feeding them
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QuoteOriginally posted by vitc Quote
Seattle is covered with snow for the last few days, and we've got more overnight. I guess it's hard time for hummingbirds - all food is covered with snow and frozen. I try to keep the syrup in my feeder warm, and the birds appear in minutes once I bring the feeder outside.
Nice photo, and good for you to go to so much effort to feed them.


I don't understand this phrase. They don't walk to your yard
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It's too cold to fly,
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Beautiful picture.



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Nice photo, and good for you to go to so much effort to feed them.
I don't understand this phrase. They don't walk to your yard
Thank you! I am sorry for the confusion - English in my second language. You are correct, they didn't walk What I meant is that hummingbirds are usually very cautious creatures and don't let people approach close - they fly away. And they spend a lot of time in air. In this weather, however, they try to keep heat. So, they sit in a tree close to the feeder, with feathers fluffed, not moving much. They let approach them closer, because flying means losing heat. I guess that's why I was able to approach the bird close enough to take the picture.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vitc Quote
Thank you! I am sorry for the confusion - English in my second language. You are correct, they didn't walk What I meant is that hummingbirds are usually very cautious creatures and don't let people approach close - they fly away. And they spend a lot of time in air. In this weather, however, they try to keep heat. So, they sit in a tree close to the feeder, with feathers fluffed, not moving much. They let approach them closer, because flying means losing heat. I guess that's why I was able to approach the bird close enough to take the picture.
Thank you for the lengthy explanation - seeing this bird puffed up certainly is an unusual view of one.
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so they let me approach a little bit closer than usual.
This is a very nice photo! I also have Anna's in my yard, but in Northern California where I it doesn't get quite as cold as what you experience. In winter when it is cold, they become very attached to my feeders, and if I take them in to clean and refill them, they will land on the feeder while I am still carrying it back out to hang it. I need to figure out a way to take a photo of this
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Hot toddies for the Hummers - I'm sure they're appreciating you right now! Great shot. Hope it warms up soon Seattle.

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This is a very nice photo! I also have Anna's in my yard, but in Northern California where I it doesn't get quite as cold as what you experience. In winter when it is cold, they become very attached to my feeders, and if I take them in to clean and refill them, they will land on the feeder while I am still carrying it back out to hang it. I need to figure out a way to take a photo of this
Thank you, and wow - what you tell is amazing! The birds around my place don't trust me as much yet. It would be really awesome if you could take of picture of this. I am looking forward to see it!
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Excellent job on this one!
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I've been standing on a chair and holding my wife's hairdryer out the window to try to keep ours thawed. The resident Annas buzz all around me like bees until it's ready.
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