It took the hummingbirds three weeks to go through a pint this time. I'm not sure why they're not taking as much now. Maybe I caught some that were passing through. Or maybe someone else set up a more attractive station.
Whatever the cause, I'm still seeing at least one come by every hour. Probably more often than that, since I don't keep close watch on the window or the webcam.
I've adjusted the webcam's focus: with noticeable improvement. Now I get a sort of 'stop motion' effect with the hummingbird wings as they hover.
Streaming video from this webcam won't be available for a while. Something's gone wrong with Ustream, the service I use.
First: You're okay, and so am I. Like the fellow says, "no problem."
Second: It looks like someone's hacked Ustream. My malware/virus alerts tell me 'don't go to that site,' so I didn't. Webcam service got dropped at about the same time.
You're okay, because there's nothing coming from Ustream. I'm okay, because I pay attention to 'don't go there' alerts.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that I won't be looking out the window through my webcam until whatever went wrong got fixed. And there's nothing I can do to help fix it: apart from wait, and not joggle Ustream's elbow with 'is it fixed yet? is it fixed yet?' messages.
If you tried using this webcam last night or earlier this morning: sorry about that.
My household lost internet and telephone connections last night. Service got restored momentarily, but then connections were gone again. For hours.
We're back online now, happily.
This is the second major interruption in about as many weeks. Loss of the Internet is a major nuisance, since that's how I update my blogs and websites. A more serious issue is losing telephone service. After this outage, I've started setting up backup procedures for emergencies.
Someone asked me about where this webcam is pointing - and I realized that I'd been leaving it in the same position for - well, for a long time.
This isn't a big change, just twisted a little to the left and tilted a bit more down. The sky isn't visible now, but the entire hummingbird feeder is inside the frame now, plus a little of the airspace around it.
The hummers will still probably show up as streaks and little ovals - but now we'll see them when they're around the 'left' side of the feeder.
I'm a sixty-something married guy with six kids, four surviving, in a small central Minnesota town.
One of the kids graduated from college in December, 2008, and is helping her husband run a factory; another is a cartoonist; #3 daughter is a writer; my son is developing a digital game with #3 and #1 daughters, and has a day job.
I mostly write and make the occasional bit of digital art.