We've been lucky!
As I write this the rest of Canada is plunged into a deep freeze, also many of my friends in the USA are suffering through extreme cold.
For some reason we've been really lucky here though, on this little strip of coast. No snow, and relatively speaking fairly mild temperatures.
Funnily enough, most of my gratitude is reserved because of my little humming bird friends who are so reliant on me to feed them, and see them through the winter. They are so trusting, and I can't let them down.
Every few days I have to replenish their syrup. I make it by mixing sugar and water, 1/3 of a cup sugar in the winter to 1 cup of water. That sounds easy, and it is, but in addition I have to sterilize their entire feeders. I use bleach and water, completely dismantle every little part of the feeder, and then, when everything is clean and sterilized I make sure all traces of bleach are removed by rinsing thoroughly.
Only then do I fill the feeders.
It's a fussy business, but I love those little birds!