One more for the road

Anybody up for a cold one?

I hope the hummingbirds like their sugar water on the rocks.

The last couple days must’ve been an unpleasant surprise for the little buzzbombs.

“Goddamn it, Rufous, I told you we should’ve split for Acapulco last week! I’m freezing my tailfeathers off!”

Could be worse. Could be in Bibleburg, where Thursday’s low tied a 122-year-old record. Up there the hummers are wearing merino-wool longjohns and watch caps.


6 Responses to “One more for the road”

  1. carl duellman Says:

    i just saw this: Hummingbirds defy frigid temperatures by lowering their body temperatures.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Wow. That’s (wait for it) cool.

      • Shawn Says:

        I’m not sure a hummingbird would call it a tiny wire. There’s nothing like foreign monsters grabbing you up and sticking a metal probe up your tailpipe for a few hours. “Are you cold yet my little feathery friend?”

        That’s something to hear about the temperature record up in the Springs. Did somebody forget to drop some krugerands in the collection plate and hell froze over?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Turns out we popped one down here, too. Wednesday’s low of 40° broke a 105-year-old record.

        Sez the weatherperson to us he sez: “Basically, we’re having early November weather in early September.” Oh, good. Nothing weird about that. More coal! More oil! More everything!

  2. Dale Says:

    We only have one species around here, Ruby Throat. They were tiny vampires on our 3 feeders until a week ago and then they split. Tiny bees and wasps are getting all the love now.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Not usual to see 4 or 5 species around our house. In the Ramsey Canyon Preserve, about 5 miles from here at a higher elevation, they have documented 15 species; most years they have about 12 species observed. It’s the place for hummer watchers in the late spring, April and May are the best months.

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