What the F?

Frozen, Frantic, and Fierce!  Never in the history of our desert region (supposedly since 1913) has it been 15 degrees! We woke up this morning to a frozen desert.Which meant frozen solid hummingbird feeders…which turned our local hummingbirds into some fired up, frantically fighting food fighters!  In other words…they were pissed! We could hear them before we opened the door to a blast of frigid air. Todd rushed out to collect all of the feeders to defrost under hot water…pronto. I went out to help, and could not believe it!  I had not felt this kind of bitter cold since I last visited Michigan last year at this time. And the poor little hummers, in their frenzy for food, were whizzing about. Probably the only way they could stay unfrozen. One little guy buzzed by my head so close I felt his wings on my cheek. The hummingbird  ‘chatter’ was deafening…..We quickly concluded there is nothing as frightening as a huffy heat-deprived hummingbird!

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Brrrrringing in the New Year!

As 2010 came to a close, and a new year began, the temperatures dropped. Todd’s Backyard saw its first frost  of the year and even a few snow flakes! There’s a new dusting of snow on the mountains, creating a dazzling desert winterscape.

The  reptillish residents and small ground dwellers are hopefully tucked away, safely sleeping underground. This time of year, the most activity we see are the hummingbirds buzzing around, fiercely guarding their feeders. And the wrens and thrashers busy pecking around the frozen ground trying to find a little grub. Some grub eaters have even resorted to an easier meal…

Our desert landscape has thinned out. The vibrant colors have dimmed except for the festive red dotting the China berry bushes.

With the temperatures plunging into the teens at night, and not getting above 40-something during the day,  some things  prone to freezing,  had to get bundled up…

Yeah….I know…what a pussy!