I got a new heated hummingbird feeder which I like mostly because it means I can sleep in during the winter without worrying about my hummers. I hung it up last week and so I've been spending more time checking on the backyard during the current cold snap to be sure the hummers have adjusted to the change. Yesterday, when I went out to the backyard to check, I noticed this really peculiar icicle sticking up out of the bird bath and decided to take a picture of it. Apparently, Bob, the primary hummingbird, noticed me and decided to keep an eye on my activities.
|Bob photobombs for the win|
I didn't see him in the shot when I took it but I also got a couple of good shots of him in the plants in between the bird bath and the unheated feeder. He's apparently fending off multiple other hummingbirds so he spends a lot of time buzzing about the yard.
Here's the daytime shot of the heated feeder. A feeder this size holding 16 ounces of sugar solution costs about $20. The heated one was $32 with shipping. And 2 days after I put it up, someone shared their DIY solution on FB in the Western Washington Bird group. They used a large red solo cup, carabiners, and paper clips to put a small lightbulb inside the cup and attach the cup to the bottom of their feeder.
The wiring on both the purchased one and the DIY one is not weatherproof so that's why it's hanging under the porch eave. And it seems to be working pretty well, judging by how fast the level of sugar solution is going down. I gotta admit, the best part of it was seeing it at night, when the little bulb lights up the whole thing. "Look, Ma, it's a UFO!"
Here's hoping your winter holidays are happy too.