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Winter feeding hummingbirds #778171

Asked November 20, 2021, 7:34 PM EST

What is the best thing to do in winter for hummingbirds? I want to feed them, but am not sure if this is a good idea. Last winter I left the feeder out, and we had three birds. However when we had a very cold snap at the beginning of the year they disappeared, and I was afraid they didn't survive. I am used to Colorado, where the hummingbirds very sensibly hightail it for points south in the fall. We are on the central coast. Would appreciate your advice!

Lincoln County Oregon

Expert Response

Hi Eve,
Anna's Hummingbirds are year-round residents in western Oregon. They are quite resilient to changes in the weather and may move around to stay warm and find diverse food sources. I don't think there is any contraindication to feeding hummingbirds in winter. They will prefer flower nectar over feeders, and also supplement their diet by catching insects when possible. So I'd say, keep doing what you're doing! It sounds like you already know the best practices for feeding hummingbirds, but here is a relevant OSU Extension article on the topic: https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/offer-nectar-tempt-hummingbirds-garden

Best,
Chris
Christopher Adlam Replied November 22, 2021, 1:38 PM EST
Many thanks for the hummingbird info. We have a super aggressive Anna's who is named Attila the Hum, and I wouldn't want to be responsible for his demise!

On Mon, Nov 22, 2021, 10:38 AM Ask Extension <askextension@eduworks.com> wrote:
Eve Wells Replied November 22, 2021, 1:51 PM EST

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