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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cloudy skies and hummingbirds signal the approach of a big storm

Photo by Dan Gershon

SILVER LAKE — Apparently everyone needs to batten down the hatches — or least run over to Home Depot for more tarps – before a huge rain storm hits the area.  Dan Gershon of Silver Lake shared the photo above of the incoming clouds while Sandy Driscoll provided the photo below of  her busy hummingbird feeder – a common sight before a storm, she said. Driscoll explains:

“All day, the little hummingbirds have been busily guzzling sugar water from my patio feeder. They instinctively always seem to know when a heavy rain is coming and stock up before the storm! However, they are actually sharing the feeder with each other, which is something I’ve never seen. So I’ve named these two “Dallas” and “Raines”!”

Can hummingbirds do a better job of predicting the rain than a KABC-TV weatherman? There are some YouTube videos about hummingbirds stocking up on water before the rain arrives, and some hummingbird fans have also wondered why the birds appear to go into a drinking binge before a storm.

Hummingbird feeder

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

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