Winter Hummingbird


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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