Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Tougher than they look
Anna's hummingbirds overwinter in the Pacific Northwest. There are two females that share/fight over my feeder. They fly slower in the cold and aren't as agressive in protecting their territories. What they lack in speed they more than make up for in scolding from their perch when the other is at the feeder. I guess if you have a warm spot on a twig, you don’t really want to waste energy chasing after some feathery tart at your sugar water. Besides my feeder, there's a feeder at the park office 50' away and another one about half a block down the road so they aren't exactly starving. I'd love to put out a little heat lamp for them, but the electric is high enough as it is right now.