[Tweeters] Winter hummingbird feeding
clsouth at u.washington.edu
Mon Nov 30 13:43:48 PST 2015
I have used that method, but always hated getting sticky taking off the tape and replacing the hand warmers.
I wrap non-LED christmas lights, which generate some heat, around the feeder, that way I don't have to bring in the feeder, or worry about taking back it out in time. I have another feeder under the eaves near a 75 watt light bulb--during wet cold spells an Anna's will often sit there.
During the cold months, I also take off the bee protectors on one or more of the ports, to allow the chickadees, (and any other birds) access. Yesterday I saw a Chestnut-backed (CBCH) and two Black-capped (BCCH) waiting their turns to drink nectar. Pretty creative. Fast energy without the bother of tooth decay!
clsouthwick at q.com
On Mon, 30 Nov 2015, Mike DeRosa wrote:
> Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:15:19 -0800
> From: Mike DeRosa <mike at nwsm.biz>
> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
> Subject: [Tweeters] Winter hummingbird feeding
> I have a family of Ana's that live at my place year round. On freezing nights I bring my feeders in and I make sure I put them out before daylight. On the days that do not reach
> above freezing I will tape a couple of hand warmers to the bottom of the feeders to keep them thawed all day. I think the hummingbirds enjoy the extra warmth during the cold
> days and they will sit on the feeder soaking up the heat from the hand warmers. I buy a big box of hand warmers at Costco and they will normally last a couple of years.
> Mike DeRosa
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