Anna’s Hummingbird Sticking Around

This hummingbird was sitting in a cherry tree across the street.  We usually have Anna’s Hummingbirds living in our yard, but this one has me a bit confused because its red coloring doesn’t appear to cover its entire head.  See this post for an example of an adult male’s all-red head.

My guess is that this is a juvenile male that is still developing its red coloring.  His chirping sounds like an Anna’s (distinctively raspy), and Anna’s Hummingbirds are known to live here year round.  So, despite the weather beginning to change this hummingbird will likely stick around here for the winter.  Each of the past couple of years we’ve had a hummingbird hang around the yard.  My sons and I watched this one take a drink from some of our garden flowers- hopefully some of the flowers will last a while longer to continue giving this bird something to eat.

  1. Great pics, Slugyard! It has always amazed me that these small birds make it through the winter. Preferring warm weather myself, I can appreciate why many hummingbirds would migrate to warmer climates. Do you know why the Anna’s hummingbird chooses to stay — while the others go?

    1. From what I’ve gathered, a lot is still left to be learned about hummingbird migrations. Anna’s populations have exploded north along the west coast, so I think it’s all still new to scientists.

  2. I make sure to leave my hummingbird feeders out especially in the fall and winter. The flowers aren’t as plentiful during the cooler months and I want to make sure the locals keep visiting my garden. We get an occasional hummie that’s migrating through, so that’s always fun to see! Thanks for posting the hummingbird pics. I’ve never seen one in a cherry tree 🙂

  3. …you’re lucky to have one stick around all winter! Our regular Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have already left for their winter homes. Beautiful captures–love their coloring.

  4. Nice shots of the male Anna’s Hummingbird Mike. I leave at least one feeder up all winter as we have hummingbirds that remain here all year. These little birds survive cold winters by going into a state of torpor, where they lower their body temperature and expend less energy.

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