Feb 082013
 

An ice spike I found in the hummingbird feeder today.This morning the hummingbird feeder had quite a surprise – a  large ice spike.

This happened to my ice cubes a few years ago, and I  learned that this is because the water freezes unevenly. The liquid in the middle of the ice cube starts to seep out of a small, unfrozen hole. If conditions are just right, the water freezes as it leaves the hole and gives you an ice spike.

This article from cal-tech describes exactly how this process works.  And this article describes how to make your own.

With a bit of imagination, I think that the ice spike looks a bit like a hummingbird. Maybe it’s time to think about refilling the feeder? I think it’s getting warm enough that the sugar-water won’t freeze.

Another view of the ice spike in my hummingbird feeder.

Another view of the ice spike in my hummingbird feeder.

Ice spike in an hummingbird feeder.

Another view of the ice spike in my hummingbird feeder.




An ice spike in an ice cube.

An ice spike that I found in an ice cube in 2005.

 February 8, 2013  Posted by at 10:29 pm Eco-friendy, Ramblings  Add comments