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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!

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VinceSummers wrote on January 7, 2015, 9:47 PM

Fungus can be a problem. Worse, when people who don't know anything offer hummingbirds honey instead of sugar water, thinking they're doing something. It's bad, bad, bad for hummingbirds to give them honey!

Vickiw wrote on January 7, 2015, 10:27 PM

Yes, I know, Vince. People need to know what they're doing when they take on this responsibility for these wild little creatures. I'm very careful with their feeders and the mix.

suzagrace9 wrote on January 8, 2015, 9:51 AM

I love hummingbirds. I don't have any feeders though. Maybe I need get one.

Vickiw wrote on January 8, 2015, 10:18 AM

My hummingbirds give me great pleasure! it is a commitment though, to keep feeding them, and in cold climates they generally migrate to other places! Thanks for your follow