Someone else to look out for, with all the cold…
One of the most knowledgeable bird experts on San Juan Island is Susan Vernon, and she just checked in with a thought about one of our smaller friends:
I thought I would jot you a note regarding the overwintering Anna’s Hummingbirds on the island now. I suspect some folks don’t know we have hummingbirds here in the winter and when we get ice and snow it can be a challenging time for the beautiful little birds. Some island gardens has winter-blooming jasmine, mahonia, honeysuckle and other plants that are good nectar sources for them, but feeders can be very helpful to Anna when it snows or the temperatures take a dive.
I have had a pair at my place all winter and they are staying close by my feeder now. I know several other islanders who have hummingbirds at their feeders, too. Perhaps a little extra support would be a good thing for the next few days – or anytime this winter when the temperatures plummet.
Islanders who have feeders they put out for the Rufous Hummingbirds in the spring and summer might want to put them out now for Anna. Thanks, Ian.
- Susan Vernon