Inside and outside:
Readers have mentioned their interest and delight in seeing photos of hummingbirds on my blog. The appearance of them during the winter months had some people wondering! Of the 356 species of hummingbirds in the world, here are only two species of hummingbirds on Vancouver Island: the Rufous and the Anna's. The Anna's Hummingbird is a year-round resident in this area. They feed on nectar, sap, and small insects. There are still some blooms around, and I've noticed one frequenting the Winter Jasmine at my front door. I found suggestions online about keeping hummingbird feeders from freezing, which I have noted, although I haven't tried bubble wrapping yet ;) I replenish the liquid frequently and have added more sugar to the solution as suggested.
This appears to be either a female Anna's Hummingbird or a juvenile, having a little rest in the front Magnolia bush and catching a few fleeting rays on its front! It looks like the one on this site.
Interesting little hummingbird facts gleaned from the links:
- What do you call a flock of hummingbirds? Few animals have so many applicable terms, and none so beautiful. Instead of calling them a flock, choose between a bouquet, a glittering, a hover, a shimmer, or a tune of hummingbirds.
- Hummingbirds have tiny legs and can neither hop nor walk, though they can sort of scoot sideways while perched
I have often noticed a furtive little Wren in the bushes. Lately it has ventured out occasionally to join the other birds near the feeders. It has become quite brazen and, after several attempts to figure out the contortions necessary, has learned the technique of properly accessing the food in the suet cage...
A view of the mountains from the front door:
and the weather forecast for the coming week, which sees us into the new year. I see some sun :)
I wish you all a Happy Healthy New Year :) Snuggle up and keep warm!