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My over-wintering hummingbird and a new morning chore

There was a bit of daylight already when I walked into the kitchen to make my second cup of tea.

Some of us were resolutely still in bed,

but the little over-wintering hummingbird was out sitting on his feeder outside my kitchen door trying to lick his Popsicle frozen nectar.

So I opened the door and took the feeder out from under him. He lifted off the feeder at the last minute and hovered at the kitchen door trilling at me.

I nuked the feeder for 20 seconds and hung it back out.

Then I made my tea, and used more of the boiled water to make a fresh batch of food for my little hummingbird.

And after a few minutes I hung the feeder with the fresh food up for him.

And he came right away and had a good feed. I think I have a new friend.

Meanwhile, the sun started reaching in.

There you go, my new morning chore while it stays in the minuses. First thing in the morning hummingbird food defrosting with my first cup of tea.
Hopefully the second feeder in the front garden will be thaw out in the sun. I don’t really feel like traipsing into the garden in my jammies.

Anyone else have an over-wintering hummingbird? I know that they really do take care of themselves, but this guy loves to get in my face and ask me for help.

Comments: 7

  • December 14, 2016

    That’s great that you are watching out for him….they’ve been saying on the news that the over wintering humming birds are finding it a bit tough, in this cold snap. Yes, you’ve made a friend and life is great!! 🙂 *hugs*

  • December 14, 2016

    That is one brave little hummingbird! And that’s the best use of a microwave I’ve ever heard.

  • December 14, 2016

    WONDERFUL! Such a brave hummer to risk the cold weather. I had humming birds all summer but they were gone on September 1. But of course, I’m in Ontario where the hummingbirds dare not stay for the winter months.

  • December 15, 2016

    Those ice crystals are amazing! (I would stay in bed, too.)

  • Mar

    December 16, 2016

    Coming to you from the SoFab Canadian bloggers thread!

    These are gorgeous photos, I love that first crack of light in the morning. So peaceful.

  • December 20, 2016

    we have the occasional jay or housefinch or sparrow or mourning dove .. and of course those flying rats we call pigeons

  • December 29, 2016

    Beautiful post V .. I just love these images. How kind to thaw the humming bird’s breakfast 😀

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