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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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5 comments

  1. Glad you put the word out there on how to keep good care of the hummingbirds!

  2. Great info. This is my first year caring for these birds. They in return have cared for my soul.

  3. I started out with one feeder & attracted only a few hummers. Put out more feeders & end up with about 30 daily, which kept me busy refilling my feeders in the morning & evening. Last weekend we went on vacation for 4 days. I had no one to keep my feeders filled. When we returned, I noticed about 27 of my 30 birds left. Makes me a little sad.

  4. One of your readers was having a problem with wasps, I tried to reply but perhaps the posting had been there too long. Home Depot sells an amazing, inexpensive product by ‘Rescue’, a yellow jacket trap that catches all species of wasps/yellow jackets & even hornets but honey bees are not attracted to it. You fill it with water & hang it where they are present, one trap will last an entire season. The added bonus is that as the wasps decay in the trap houseflies are attracted to the scent & also get trapped and die! End of the season just take it down & toss it away.

    • The Rescue yellow jacket product is effective, as in addtion to its bright yellow container color, it uses a hormone attractant and holds another liquid attractant. You may have a target rich environment with the hummer feeders, but this hornet trap will only attract more of them. I suggest moving the Rescue trap up wind from the hummer feeders, and hornets will pick up the scent of the Rescue hormones. Eliminate any yellow flowers on the hummer feeders. Replacement hormone packs are sold for the Rescue. Keep them current per the directions.http://www.rescue.com/product/why-trap-wasps-hornets-yellowjackets

      Good Luck

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