We shivered through lows in the 20's earlier this week. I know 25F was balmy compared to Chicago...but I don't live in Chicago. Average winter temps here are in the 50's and the day before the freeze was 65F.
Everybody has their own strategy for staying alive. Mine involves chocolate and wine.
The birds fluff, eat and shelter. 'Our' overwintering Rufous hummingbirds stayed close to the feeders on front and back porches.
I think we're hosting three Rufous hummers this year, a bright-colored and assertive adult male, a patchy subadult male and a mostly green youngster or female. Watching the birds at the front porch feeder near a kitchen window is my favorite entertainment.
Hope your cold days aren't hard as theirs.
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