Male Anna's Hummingbird drinking in Adobe Creek
Elevation 8,864 feet
With temperatures down to 17˚F, I'm bringing my hummingbird feeder in at night, as the nectar freezes solid. So far the Anna's Hummingbird survives!
We have an adult male rufous hummingbird staying in our yard. He’s been here since August 24 (when the ruby throats were still here), and he was banded by a licensed bander on August 26. This is the fourth different rufous we’ve seen since the spring of 2011, and three of them stayed with us quite a while, though always one at a time. We have no idea why they keep showing up in our yard, but it is certainly a delight! It seems that they are definitely expanding their winter territory into various parts of the Southeast. We still have three hummer feeders up, and he visits them all off and on during the day. We will be interested to see how long this little fellow stays with us, but the one that wintered with us last year did not leave until April.
NOTE: the attached picture was taken the day of his banding.
Hummingbirds are birds that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species). They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings, which sometimes sounds like bees or other insects....