I had hope to finish this series in 2014, but it looks as though I'll be finishing up November, as well as tackling December in 2015.
We had a cold day Tuesday and today is to be colder still (low of 15F). I prepared in advance and moved 12 garden cart loads of plant into the garage and drained one of the fountains.
When the temperature drops below 27F or so, I bring the hummingbird feeders in for the night. I bring them back out around 7:00am, and as you can see, I have customers waiting.
As it is supposed to be below freezing the entire day, I'll rotate the hummingbird feeders every couple of hours so the 'juice' doesn't freeze. The Anna's Hummingbirds spent part of yesterday out of the wind, soaking up the warmth of the sun.
There was some stretching...
....and ruffling of feathers!
Such stalwart little birds in the cold, cold weather!
Yesterday was a pretty awesome bird day.
It started out early with this sighting of a male Varied Thrush.
My first sighting for the winter. The birds often hang out with Robins, but this guy was in the company of several Stellar's Jays.
I wish I had better photos, but he stayed at the edge of the walkway.
Then when I went down to fill a feeder in the Dahlia Garden, I heard a group of about eight Bushtits. They are notoriously hard to photograph as they are rarely still - so this was my best effort.
The Acorn Woodpeckers are much easier to photograph.
The one on the right has a peanut - will a Nuthatch nab it at a later date? Stay tuned!