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Hummingbird Feeders | Gary Bogue: Are Your Hummer Feeders Getting Frozen On These Cold Nights?

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Hummers pierce the sky

— Tom Perez, Fremont

Dear Gary:

This is for all of you who have hummingbird feeders.

Try to remember to bring them in on cold nights and put them out first thing in the morning so on these cold and frosting mornings, the hummers will have a reasonable temperature breakfast.

Laura, cyberspace

Dear Laura:

Excellent point!

If you do bring your hummingbird feeders in on a cold night, you need to make sure to put them back out at first light. Those poor, freezing hummers will need that quick energy to help fight off the effects of the cold.

If you forget to bring your feeder in on a night there’s a freeze, please go out while it’s still dark to see if the feeder is frozen. If so, thaw it out and replace the frozen nectar with room temperature liquid and put it back out at first light.

As long as we’re on the subject of the recent cold (freezing?) nights we’ve been having — it’s really cold outside. Do you know where your pets are?

As I’ve probably said many times before, I can always tell when the nights have been unusually chilly. When I get up to go to work (I’m a very early riser), I often find my two cats, Newman and Jazz, curled up together on the couch. These two nuts are not exactly best of friends, so I figure it must have been pretty cold.

As soon as they see me, they jump apart like they’ve

I hope all the pets out there who read this column are also INDOOR animals, at least on cold nights — or days.

Thanks for caring.

Dear Gary:

With the return of your local Northern flicker announcing the official start of fall in Benicia, you asked what other interesting new birds have been noticed pecking around the yard.

The new arrivals during the past 10 days to our feeding stations in Danville include a new group of more than eight chickadees, a migrating flock of more than 20 American goldfinches in their winter colors, golden and white-crowned sparrows, juncos and, always special, the arrival of Townsend’s warblers — only one seen on the suet at a time — and of course a flicker — heard but not seen.

Bob Kay, Danville

Dear Bob Kay:

Wow, what a great yard you have! I’d be jealous, except that my yard is pretty fun, too.

Any other interesting new backyard bird life flitting around out there?

Beastly things to do

Solano County Friends of Animals is having a veterans weekend special Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Any active military or veterans can adopt one or more cats and kittens at a special rate. Kittens: $50 each, or two for $75. Cats: $25. They are all spayed or neutered, up-to-date on shots, treated for worms and fleas, and tested for FELV. They have every size, color and temperament.

Adoption sites:

Friday: 4-7 p.m. at Petco in Vallejo

Saturday: Noon-4 p.m. at Petco in Vallejo; noon-4 p.m. at Pet Food Express in Benicia.

Sunday: 1-4 p.m. at Petco in Vallejo; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pet Food Express in Benicia.

Lindsay Museum

Please send a tax-deductible donation to: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Gary’s Fundraiser, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94597-2540.

The museum needs $75,000 in matching funds so it will qualify for another $75,000 from the city of Walnut Creek.

Please help me raise these funds. Thanks!

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