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Pam Alexandra

Meadow Vista, CA, United States

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This Anna’s Hummingbird spent hours in the cold February rain, guarding the feeder, which hangs from a Rose of Sharon bush. He would alternate his watch between the branch he’s sitting on and the high power line up above. I can’t guarantee it was him, but a male Anna’s hummer spent every day for two weeks guarding the feeder. We have Anna’s Hummingbirds year round here in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, despite the fact that it can snow ocassinally from December through March. And some winters it can get as cold as 16 degrees in the morning. The Rufous, Black Chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds migrate and return in the Spring. Except for the Calliope, the other species of hummers take turns as the Feeder Guard – usually for two weeks at a time. It’s amazing to watch when certain Black Chinned and Anna’s hummers can be just as aggresive as the Rufous.

Rain Guard

Anna's Hummingbird Guarding the Feeder in the Cold Pouring Rain

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