365 Days, Numbah Sixty-Eight

Well, I didn’t make it by the 31st…but here’s the second to the last post for the year.

December 21st

Top Gun daily hummingbird! I’m really happy I caught this action.
The victor in the sunset. Cool da clouds, yeah?

December 22nd

Ho da cold!!! I set the heat higher after 7:30 am.
On my way to do food pickup and deliveries again.

We were loaded up today. I can’t even begin to tell you folks how cold it was outside for the 45 minutes we were there sorting everything. It was only 18 °, the east wind was blowing so hard, and the wind chill was -0. We were all so cold that after loading up we all went inside the realty office to warm up. It was a brutal, bone-chilling cold; I couldn’t even feel my face and could hardly smile at all because my face was frozen!

The puddle in our road was totally frozen.
The water in the drainage ditch was frozen as well.
I set off to do my deliveries after we’d done more sorting at home; it was still super cold.
Daily hummingbird. I kept rotating the feeders because the syrup froze so quickly in the cold.
Robin on the frozen fish pond. He was trying to get to the water below and kept pecking at the ice.
Robins at the heated birdbath and a blurry Downy Woodpecker at the suet.
Very cold daily hummingbird.
Christmas lights, ice on the deck, and view across the valley.

December 23rd

Daily hummingbird and ho da ice!
Robin at the heated birdbath. He’s all fluffed up in the cold.
Robin and Flicker.
So many robins at the birdbath! I loved seeing them.
But wait! There’s more!
Dark-Eyed Junco comin’ in hot!
Robin, Flicker, and Junco. Look at all the ice pellets on the robin.
Still very cold daily hummingbird.
End of day daily hummingbird and ice.

December 24th

Christmas Eve daily hummingbird and still get plenny ice.
He perched on the feeder for a very long time. I was afraid his feeties were stuck to the metal, but he was okay.
Our entryway all iced up. Needless to say, we didn’t go anywhere. Usually on Christmas Eve we go look at lights, but not this year..
Our driveway was a solid sheet of ice.
Evening daily hummingbird.

December 25th

Christmas Day daily hummingbird.
The fish pond is still frozen over as is the path out to the dove’s aviary.
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9 Responses to 365 Days, Numbah Sixty-Eight

  1. AFK says:

    That Top Gun hummer shot is fantastic.

    I’m glad you guys didn’t go out in the icy conditions. We have two friends who slipped and fell and hurt themselves just going to get their mail. Your robins must’ve thought they had found a free spa–heated birdbath?!? That’s so awesome.

    • Mokihana says:

      Mahalo about the hummer photo! I was so lucky to get it. And no way we could’ve gone down our driveway with the ice…we could’ve slid all the way makai to the Pacific Ocean, I bet. Are your friends okay now?

  2. Yes, great hummer shots! And we have that exact thermostat, messed up now by the 13+-hour power outage.

    • Mokihana says:

      Oh gosh, I thought you didn’t lose power. Have you been able to reset the thermostat? We were lucky; ours just picked up the pieces and started over again.

  3. Lady Tie Di says:

    OH my goodness, just talking to my Portland son about losing power cuz of tree falling, icy roads, tho not as bad as your driveway!!! I am so amazed the little hummingbirds are still managing to hang in there in 18 degree weather!!! Tough little buggahs!!! You rock, continuing your food runs, bless yer heart! oxoxo

    • Mokihana says:

      It was pretty wild for sure. How long was your son’s power out? I’m glad ours was only 9 hours compared to others. I know the hummers go into torpor when it’s super cold, but still…

      I always appreciate your comments. Mahalo!

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