cold weather miscellany
Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:12:42 PST
On 9 Dec 2009, at 13:06, Kenneth Hixson wrote:

>  I took the hummingbird feeders down in October when the honeybees got
> too thick, put them back up when I saw more hummingbirds.
> Yesterday morning the feeder was frozen solid, I microwaved it until
> it thawed out.  By 11 AM there were two hummingbirds fighting at the
> feeder.  This morning there was one sitting in a shrub nearby by 8 AM.
> They must be able to hibernate overnight?

Hummingbird feeders in winter:

Make your syrup from 1 volume of sugar to 2 volumes of water. This will stay 
liquid down to at least 20F. Perhaps someone with their chemistry in good 
working order can calculate the actual freezing point depression of such a 
concentration of sugar?

I notice other small birds seeking water during these freezes. If you can 
figure out some way to keep a container of water from freezing, you will be 
doing thenm a favor. Which they may return next year by eating pests.
Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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