Thursday, October 13, 2011

I thought perhaps this little guy had stopped by to fill up before heading on his trip south. However, I just read that some hummingbirds will stay through the winter as long as you leave the liquid feeder out and the winter is mild. Hard telling if the winter will be mild, but I can certainly leave the feeder up and continue to put nectar in it. Our winters here in the Roanoke valley have been very mild ever since we moved here 5 years ago, with the exception of last year. But the entire country experienced an unusual winter, so maybe things will be more calm this year. It has continued to rain off and on the last few days but is looking like it might clear up now. Clear skies will probably make this little one happy even though he seems to be enjoying the drizzle.



3 comments:

Jan said...

I have mixed feelings about feeding them in the winter. I wonder if it is good to encourage them to change their natural habits? I stop feeding mine during the summer to encourage them to return to natural business. I know people who have them all winter and keep up with feeding them. My cousin had to keep bringing her feeder in and thawing it out and putting it back outside for the little guys.

audrey said...

Oh, Jan, it's hard to know what to do. If they choose to stick around I hate the thoughts of them not getting any food. But, I can see the problem with the nectar freezing through the winter, too. If I don't see them around by the end of the month, I think I'll take the feeder in for the winter.

Ces said...

Hello Audrey, I am trying to sneak in a visit before I go to sleep. Hmn, I enjoyed reading your older posts. So many happy memories! Take care Audrey, I shall return. Goodnight!