Here in mid-December Anna's Hummingbirds are still daily visitors to my feeders. Hummers feed on the nectar in blooming flowers, tiny insects, and the sugar-water humans put in feeders. This time of year, in Seattle, blooming flowers are rare. So, I think these little birds are especially dependent now on our feeders.
|Note bare tree limbs in lower left.|
I am committed to keeping my feeders clean with fresh food for the hummers all winter this year. Honestly, I don't know if it is a good thing. Clearly, we humans are stretching the area nature intended for hummingbirds. However, since humans have created this "no need to migrate" situation, I will do my part to make it work for the hummers. And, it does bring joy to my day to watch them.
|Between feedings the hummers can be found|
relaxing in a tree about 10 meters away.
The "experts" say hummers spend about 60% of their day relaxing like the little bird in the photo above. Hummingbirds have a very high metabolism and must eat all day long just to survive. They consume daily about half their body weight in bugs and nectar.
|At sunset it is tough to get more than a silhouette.|
However, hummers are heavy feeders around this time
which makes it a good time to snap a photo.
I have found hummers feed the most right around sunrise and then again right before sunset.
|Interesting and unusual cloud formation.|
December 17, 2020
|NASA photo of Earth from space.|
Reality = No sunrise, no sunset.
Just illuminated and not.
The best things in life are the people we love, the places we've been and the memories we made along the way.
Thank you Eileen.