Birder Range Bayer wrote us: Jean Matlock’s “Hummingbirds knockin’ on the door to winter. Is this normal?”
Nice photo of what are probably all Anna’s Hummingbirds! Because of the cold weather, there may be more Anna’s coming to feeders within a few miles of the coastline than usual for winter, but Anna’s are commonly present in winter near the coast in Lincoln County. They usually aren’t concentrated at feeders then, since they can forage for food, including insects, on their own. But when it gets icy, then non-frozen feeders become more important. During the spring-summer, a different species, Rufous Hummingbirds, are present, though some Anna’s sometimes linger and even nest.
Thank you Range!!