Winter Hummingbird

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This is a Rufous Hummingbird and probably a female.  She was very difficult to photograph and these photos are through a window. Click on the photo one to two times to enlarge and see her colors.

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There has been a Rufous in the Automatic Garden for the last 7 years.  They can be found as far north as southern Alaska, which must be why the little birds can tolerate recent night temperatures in the 30’s.

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She is perched on the remains of Texas Star Hibiscus stem right outside the kitchen window near some Cigar Plant (Cuphea ignata) that is still blooming.  It is a favorite perch for all the backyard birds.

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As Rufous Hummingbirds are very protective of their nectar source, she is often seen chasing other birds around the garden even though they are much bigger than her.

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7 Comments on “Winter Hummingbird”

  1. Holleygarden says:

    I’ve never seen a hummingbird in winter! Your photos are fabulous. I didn’t know they traveled so far north, either. I would have never guessed that they could survive freezing temperatures. Thanks for the lesson!

    • I think it is a little colder where you are, but you may want to put a feeder out and see what happens. From what I have been reading, hummers are changing their habitat and wintering in different locations.

  2. Sheryl says:

    Amazing pictures! I’ve also never seen a hummingbird in the winter.

  3. Hummers are the feistiest little creatures, aren’t they! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Jardin says:

    Wonderful pictures! Really great to see these lovely birds.

  5. Great pictures! The cigar plant looks interesting, I have never heard of it before. We have one species of hummingbird, the Ruby Throated Hummingbird, & it migrates south in the winter.


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