At this time of the year in Crane Lake, it starts getting dark as early as 3:30 depending on cloud cover, with the sun setting at about 4:30. It’s dark in the morning too, not getting light until about 7:30am. Crane Lake sits at a latitude of about 48 degrees.
While December 21st is the shortest day of the year, that day does not have the earliest sunset or the latest sunrise. See the following article for an interesting look at winter solstice.
This hummingbird is not necessarily rare, but it is “out of range” here in Minnesota. The Rufous Hummingbird is a bird from out west. They breed from Alaska through the Rocky Mountains. This little hummer winters in western Mexico.
This little bird visited my feeder on September 23, 2017. I think it is a female by the speckling on the throat. She hang around until the next morning, and then I didn’t see her after that.
That’s what is going on out in the woods right now. Spring Peepers and Gray Tree Frogs are chirping and carrying on at all hours of the day and night. It is because they are confused by the changing daylight and they think it might be spring. Read the following article for more insight.