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Hummingbird Feeders | Garden Song 271 Rose Petal 19-Ounce Hummingbird Feeder

Posted By: junmar

Rose Petal Hummingbird Feeder is constructed of shatterproof clear plastic container to make it easy to monitor nectar levels. The feeder base is bright red to attract hummingbirds The feeder unscrews easily from the base for quick cleaning and filling.

  • Features four-way perches, four ports and a 19 ounce nectar capacity
  • Rounded feeder base is bright red to attract hummingbirds
  • Clear, shatter-proof acrylic reservoir makes it easy to monitor nectar levels
  • Reservoir unscrews easily from the feeder base or from the capped top for quick cleaning and filling
  • Built-in ant moat
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Hummingbird Feeders | Gary Bogue: Are Your Hummer Feeders Getting Frozen On These Cold Nights?

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Aerial aerobatics

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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Hummingbird Feeders | JOAN CARSON | Wintering With Hummingbirds

Posted By: junmar

We may not like change, but it’s amazing how rapidly we adapt to it. This occurred to me while I was washing out one of the hummingbird feeders. Yes, the hummingbird feeders.

We’re going to have hummingbirds around all winter and that is something very new in recent years. Gone are the days when the hummers started leaving our yards in late summer. The rufous hummingbirds still head south even though I hear of occasional sightings during the winter. Our rufous left weeks ago and the hummingbirds we will enjoy throughout the winter are the Anna’s. They have become a year-round resident hummingbird throughout much of the Northwest.

Feeding hummingbirds became popular in the sixties. The rufous was the only one that visited our yards, but there was talk about the Anna’s hummingbirds that wintered on Vancouver Island. They also migrated up our coast in the spring. Knowing what we know now, perhaps they were out on the coast all year-round. It’s just that we weren’t expecting them or looking for them in the winter.

Their winter presence on the Olympic Peninsula became better known when residents living in the community of Diamond Point began reporting hummingbirds in the middle of the winter. I remember driving around the area in December or January, hoping for a glimpse of one. Tales of wintering hummingbirds were few and far between but they did occur almost every winter. Anyone visited by one was thrown into a sense of responsibility that wasn’t always pleasant. In good old people-fashion, we felt we had been given charge for the bird’s well-being, even its survival.

One story is unforgettable. I think the incident took place in either Vancouver, Washington, or Portland, Oregon. The homeowners involved literally opened their doors to the bird and it moved in. They had to make sure there was always food in the form of sugar-water syrup available. How long this tiny boarder stayed I don’t know but would assume that the first warming trend in the weather sent it outdoors.

Now, we’re old hands experienced in the care and feeding of hummingbirds ” aren’t we? I don’t think so. I’m not looking forward to freezing temperatures and frozen hummingbird feeders. “Our” birds have done very well the last two or three winters even when we take off and leave them for several weeks. There is natural food available or they wouldn’t be here. These birds stay the winter because there are plants and tiny insects for them to use as food. Just the same, I worry about them. The sugar-water mixture we put out is a welcome treat. There’s no denying that. When it is cold and freezing, they stay close to the feeders.

Cold weather is on the way and I am mentally gearing up for seeing the Anna’s through another winter. We will have three perhaps four feeders to work with. Most of the time, we keep two outside because there is less arguing and more feeding. When everything freezes, I will try keeping it thawed by leaving a light on above it, or wrapping hand warmers around the glass. I also know we will be rotating frozen and unfrozen feeders regularly, especially in the early morning. It may be a bit of work but these birds do add beauty, color and entertainment to our lives.

Even so, I’m wondering when a commercial “feeder stall” will come on the market. It will be something that will hold a feeder, supply heat and you should be able to plug it in to a porch light or other outdoor source of electricity. Don’t forget ” you heard about it here first. If you create one, be sure and let the rest of us know about it.

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