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Prescott Hummingbirds in the Winter

Do you have hummingbirds in your yard right now, in the middle of winter? I do! Perhaps you have wondered, just as I have, how they can possibly survive with our frigid nighttime temps and even some snow. Where are they finding food when all of the nectar rich flowers are dormant? Some people leave their hummingbird feeders up year round, and of course the nectar provided by these feeders do help the hummers who haven’t migrated to survive the winter. Many people believe that if they take down their hummingbird feeders, hummingbirds will not stay around during the winter and will migrate as expected. However, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, food does not interfere with their migration. They state: “A number of … Read more

The Rufous Hummingbird

Have you been refilling your hummingbird feeders a LOT in the last few weeks? I have. That is because many hummingbirds are migrating to warmer climates for the winter. One feisty, copper colored dynamo has been taking over my backyard for the last two weeks – the Rufous hummingbird!  Rufous hummingbirds may take up residence (at least temporarily) in your garden if you grow hummingbird flowers or put out feeders. But beware! They may make life difficult for any other hummingbird species that visit your yard. This bird outflies all other species, and usually gets its way at feeders at the expense of slower, less-maneuverable hummers. The Rufous has the longest migration route of all US hummingbirds. Their migration can be as much as 3,000-4,000 … Read more

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