[Tweeters] Winter hummingbird feeding

Dottie Belknap dottie at hevanet.com
Mon Nov 30 14:06:08 PST 2015

I use hummingbird feeder cozies that are designed to hold handwarmers on my
feeders. They come in two styles. One known supplier is here:

Dottie Belknap
SW Portland

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Christine
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2015 1:44 PM
To: Mike DeRosa
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Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Winter hummingbird feeding

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!

Christine Southwick
N Seattle/Shoreline
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.

> Thanks,

> Mike DeRosa





Christine Southwick
Pharmacy Administration
University of Washington Medical Center
Box 356015
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6015
phone: 206-598-7398; fax 206-598-6075

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