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Humming birds still in our backyard - it's getting colder

Posted by mielemaid Sonoma County, CA (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 3, 10 at 21:42

I'm a bit worried that the hummingbirds haven't gone wintering yet. We live in zone 9, live in N California, in Sonoma county. I just went outside to the backyard and I heard them.

Should I be worried? We still have these lantern like plants they love and they're still blooming.


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RE: Humming birds still in our backyard - it's getting colder

Here in CA we have Anna's Hummingbirds all year round. I wouldn't worry about Hummers in Sonoma. We are farther North then you, in the N. Sacramento Valley. We keep feeders up year round. I figure they need the extra food more when it's cold.
Donna


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RE: Humming birds still in our backyard - it's getting colder

In Portland, Oregon, just in the past three years, we've had Anna's winter over. We never used to have them year-round, but we do now! I wouldn't fret too much. I know people in your area who are experiencing the same thing and actually did last year as well.


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RE: Humming birds still in our backyard - it's getting colder

This morning at 7AM, we had 7 Anna's at our feeder. They have been mobbing it all day long. The rain we had this weekend didn't slow them down a bit, they were at the feeder all day long.
Donna


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RE: Humming birds still in our backyard - it's getting colder

I live in Washington, north of Seattle, and we have plenty of Anna's Hummingbirds now. They stay here all year round.


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RE: Humming birds still in our backyard - it's getting colder

Having not spent any time in Ca those different climates you have boggles my mind. Sure wouldnt worry about anything in zone 9.

I also have the pp209 feeders and $9.75 is the best price Ive seen I usually see them discounted at mayble $12.


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RE: Humming birds still in our backyard - it's getting colder

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 3, 10 at 10:33

These little creatures are a lot tougher than you would imagine, I noticed three the first day of rough weather last week where it stayed below freezing and put out a feeder, bringing it in at night, mixing the sugar/water ratio a little stronger so it wouldn't freeze as quickly.

Storm passed on Thanksgiving day finally (4 days) and they are still here a week later. I wish I knew where they had gone at night when it was 20F, but apparently they found someplace suitable.


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