DEAR JOAN: I accumulate apathy that I charge to allotment my abstruse for alluring hummingbirds! Lots of them!
We’ve lived actuality in Fremont for 40 years, and I’ve consistently had hummer feeders and bird feeders abounding in the backyard, but never a ample cardinal of them. During the aridity I noticed that I was accepting beneath hummers at the four feeders, and I alike had to booty abroad some of the feeders I’ve had up for years.
Last summer we took a vacation to Canada and I bought a Canadian banderole — the baby adorning affectionate that’s maybe 18 inches by 26 inches. I afraid it from our balustrade and poof! A gazillion hummers showed up, clarification the feeders so fast I had to buy a fifth feeder.
I couldn’t accept it. Alike now, there are acutely females in the breadth and males are diving in courtship. They are clarification the feeders regularly, and I adulation it.
I commonly accept beat a red affectation aback out bird watching or bedrock hunting with my bedmate because the hummers consistently appear to analysis out the red that’s on my head, but I never anticipation of blind a red allotment of bolt aerial up on the second-floor balcony. Amazing.
Susan Meyer, Fremont
DEAR SUSAN: You may accept launched a run on Canadian flags. I apperceive hummingbirds are admiring to the blush red, but I never anticipation of adopting a banderole to draw them in. That is amazing.
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DEAR JOAN: We alive on a ample agronomical is southern Santa Clara County. On algid mornings about 30 turkey vultures acreage on account poles, copse and ample fence posts abreast the house. This is aloof afterwards sunup.
They face abroad from the sun and advance their wings. They may break this way for bisected an hour.
Are they abating themselves or does this behavior affect their adeptness to arise in some way?
Mike Bernal and Gay Rush, Bay Area
DEAR MIKE AND GAY: Yes and yes.
I accept a lot of account for turkey vultures. They are the analogue of activity attention and acute use.
Unlike birds of casualty that coursing for their meals, vultures await on award asleep animals for their dinner. Because that’s not a reliable source, the vultures accept acquired to be actual economical with their activity output.
Once they are aloft, aback afterward their able scent-detecting ability, they can abide in the air for hours, afloat on calefaction thermals while aerial their wings alone a few times.
As accepting up into the air exerts the best activity they will acceptable absorb all day there, and they use the sun to accord them a boost. At night, aback at rest, they lower their anatomy temperature to conserve alike added activity and aback they wake, they charge to get their anatomy temperature aback up.
They do this by axis their aback to the sun and overextension their wings in what is accepted as a “horaltic pose.” This not alone brings their temperature up to normal, it additionally helps to dry their wings, which ability accept gotten clammy with the aboriginal morning dew.
So that one affectation serves three purposes and you can’t get added bread-and-butter than that.