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Turn on the tea water and the warm nectar

By Gary Bogue
Monday, January 16th, 2006 at 12:14 pm in Animals, hummingbirds, wild birds, Wildlife.

It was really cold this morning. I glanced out the back window and saw that the frost on the neighbors’ rooftops was shimmering in the moonlight. After turning on the tea water for my wife, I carefully slid across the icy back deck and hopped across the lawn to recover the hummingbird feeder from where it was hanging from a limb on the apple tree.

One look when I got back into the kitchen showed that the nectar in the feeder was frozen. I thawed the frozen nectar and replaced it with a new batch made from warm water and then returned it to the apple tree. Out little male Anna’s hummer would get a warm drink of morning nectar and a pleasant surprise in a half-hour or so when the sun came up.

That’s my job every morning when I get up before the sun to go to work. Turn on the tea water so my wife can make herself a cup of hot tea when she gets up in another hour to head for her job. And then replace the frozen liquid in the hummingbird feeder with a fresh warm batch of nectar so that little winged tiger can get energized and start guarding the backyard.

Then when I get to work I can get a hot cup of coffee out of the machine and start writing about it.

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2 Responses to “Turn on the tea water and the warm nectar”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Because of the cold spell we’re having here in Victoria B.C. I’ve had to refill the hummingbird feeders twice a day. The birds are waiting in the tree. I take the feeders in at night. I’m hoping it’ll warm up soon…
    What have I gotten myself into??

  2. Gary Bogue Says:

    Margaret: You have gotten yourself into a lifetime of fun and enjoyment. You haven’t lived until one of your hummers flies up in front of you while you’re watering your lawn or garden, so you can give it a shower with a fine spray of water out of the hose. Nice. Have a happy holidays. /Gary

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