You might recognize this species if you live around Vancouver Island. The tiny duck species known as Buffleheads line up for a photo op at a local salwater beach!
January here on S Vancouver Island can be mild and flower filled, OR, like this week, the temperatures have dropped to -5C , wind and snow have persisted and the Humminbirds, well, they are pretty tough little creatures but this definitely tests them.
The video above is Jan 14th getting towards dusk when that last meal before bedtime is a survival must.. I have found one area of concentrating several feeders allows the birds to feed communally , whereas the individual remote feeders attract an alpha male who guards the food with his life. (Also note the bubblewrap as insulation to extend the time the nectar will freeze up) I have also tried wrapping a wool sock which works too!
Here's a video of earlier on Jan 14th showing a fleet of hummingbirds enjoying some sun in the below zero afternoon.
As most of us who feed Hummingbirds realize.. - minus temperatures bring an urgency to our feeding schedule. Today I spent several hours taking photos and thawing out slushy feeders. The air stayed around -5C all day with some breeze, so the nectar feeders began icing seriously after 3-4 hours. The warmed nectar was a real hit for the swarm of hummingbirds that have currently gathered here.
Please remember if you are feeding these tiny creatures, they need your help to keep going. Hope everyone has a great week... TerryV
Last day tomorrow at Dig This Gardening in Sidney to get a 25% discount on my canvas images and matted prints.
Lots of small hummingbirds left and a variety of others.
If you are in Sidney tomorrow come on in and say hello, as I'll be at the shop from 11-5.
* I'm also working on a new line of plant based earrings that will be for sale at Dig This Sidney beginning next month... having fun with this series!!! :)
Thanks for looking ... TerryV
The slide show above can be navigated by clicking the arrows or simply click once to autoplay. A new slide every 3 seconds .. Hope you enjoy . TerryV
March 2018 .. I just received notice that my blog has been awarded a distinction of being one of the top 100 photography blogs in Canada.
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