Date: 2/22/21 7:52 am
From: Duane Miller <miller459...>
Subject: Re: [ALbirds] Hummingbirds and freezing weather
Jon - would love to see a video of the cricket catching Martins.


On Mon, Feb 15, 2021 at 3:47 PM Jon Yoder <jonyoder57...> wrote:

> I have already invested in crickets to feed the 15-17 purple martins at my
> site in Atmore--even though they seem to be out feeding low (about a foot
> off the ground) over the wheat fields in this 39 degree weather. I don't
> think any insect will fly tomorrow...so I will train them to take a cricket
> slung from a plastic spoon. (I have been told that they catch on pretty
> fast to that trick, although I can't vouch for it.) I suspect a lot of
> purple martins may not make it through the cold snap. Jon Yoder, Escambia
> County AL
>
> On Mon, Feb 15, 2021 at 3:38 PM Lucy & Bob Email <
> <RobertADuncan...> wrote:
>
>> Hummingbird friends,
>>
>>
>>
>> Tonight we will be having extremely low temperatures, so it will be wise
>> to take your hummer feeders inside at dusk when the birds stop feeding.
>> When you put the feeder back out early in the morning keep an eye on it. (I
>> know, it will be frigid tripping outside barefooted in your jammies….but
>> you gotta do what you’ve gotta do!) Sugar water feeders will freeze in an
>> amazingly short while.
>>
>>
>>
>> Some winters ago, we had a terrible freeze, and I put my feeder out in
>> the morning and watched a hummer just guzzling the sugar water. It guzzled
>> and guzzled. It never flew off. The poor bird’s bill had frozen to the
>> sugar water in the feeding tube! I carefully poured warm water over the
>> bill and it flew away. From then on, I’ve teamed two hummer feeders when
>> it’s freezing like that. One inside warming gets exchanged as needed by the
>> one trying to freeze up.
>>
>>
>>
>> Good luck with this frigid cold. Our gardens will certainly look
>> different in a couple of days! Let’s hope the birds stay well fed as there
>> will be few insects about in the next few days!
>>
>>
>>
>> Lucy Duncan
>>
>> Gulf Breeze, FL
>>
>> (just *south* of Pensacola)
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>

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Duane A. Miller
101 Beaver Dam Rd.
Fairhope, AL 36532
(251) 716-1620


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