December 19, 2016
Congratulations to Sandra Schulze of Bellingham, Washington, our latest Judges’ Choice award winner. We loved her photo of a male Anna’s Hummingbird with his gorget flared and his rosy crown shimmering. Sandra hosts four to five overwintering Anna’s Hummingbirds at her backyard feeders and notes that the population seems to increase yearly.
Sandra’s anecdotal evidence is supported by FeederWatch data. We have been documenting the winter range expansion of Anna’s Hummingbirds, and you can see from our Trend Graph that in the Northwest, Anna’s Hummingbirds have become almost as common as in the Southwest. That is an amazing pattern documented entirely by FeederWatchers! We are using the data to help understand if this winter range expansion is associated with changes in climate, changes in habitat, or changes in how hummingbirds associate with people. Read more about overwintering hummingbirds.
BirdSpotter returns today, Monday, December 19, with the category Everyday Feeder Friends. Who are your “regulars?” The category is open for submissions and voting from December 19-29. Anyone can participate! Two winners will be selected to win great prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited. Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest.