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Rufous Has Left Us, Anna’s Still Here

Anna's Hummingbird, female, Dec. 2012.

Anna’s Hummingbird, female, Dec. 2012.

The Rufous Hummingbirds have left for their winter homes in Mexico, but there are Anna’s Hummingbirds still hanging about that have chosen to remain in the Pacific Northwest throughout the winter.

As summer turns to fall the outdoor temperatures can vary from hot to cool to cold, so if you hope to keep an Anna’s or two hanging around in your yard over the winter (and keep them healthy), then you need to take on the task knowing your responsibilities:

  • Keep your nectar fresh.  Nectar spoils quickly in hot temperatures. Keep a close eye on the nectar and if there is any signs of spoilage, toss it out!
  • If the temperatures drop and the nectar is in danger of freezing, bring it in overnight and set it back out again as early as possible. The Anna’s are depending on you.
  • Do not use of pesticides and insecticides in the yard. Your Anna’s will depend on a steady supply of fall and winter insects for their survival.
  • If you have more than one Anna’s, hang more than one feeder. Anna’s Hummingbirds don’t like to share.

To learn more about the Anna’s Hummingbird, go HERE or HERE.

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