[Tweeters] Feeding hummers in winter

canyoneagle at mycci.net canyoneagle at mycci.net
Wed Dec 29 05:53:33 PST 2021

Definitely. Hummers keep tabs on every possible food source in their territory, including opening times. They know that you don’t open until dawn so before that they go to the food source that opens earlier. Think Winco that is open 24/7.

If you feed hummers during the winter be a Winco, even if it means going electric, because they are out there looking for food in the dark.

Lori Markoff

From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Louise Rutter
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2021 8:42 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Feeding hummers in winter

I’ve been following this discussion with interest, because we’ve lived in this house for 15 years now. Every winter during a cold snap, I bring in the feeders overnight and put them out at dawn (around 7.30) with little hotties strapped to them. When it’s been really cold, there might be a hummer buzzing me right as I put them out, sometimes feeding even as I’m still hanging them up.

So after reading the post saying they come out of torpor as early as 6am, this morning I got up extra early and put the feeders out while it was still well dark at 6.30am. I turned on the external house lights and waited, and nothing happened. There was no sign of a hummer until it was actually reasonably light at 7.30.

I wonder if my hummers have become trained to go somewhere else for an early feed and only come looking for mine when they know they’ll be there? Or maybe they just stay in bed longer when they know the food won’t be out yet?

Louise Rutter


From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu <mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> > On Behalf Of Jennifer Jarstad
Sent: 28 December 2021 18:33
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Subject: [Tweeters] Feeding hummers in winter

Just wanted to add to the discussion on hummingbird food because I saw an Anna's hummingbird in flight this morning 40 minutes before sunrise (caught on a motion detector camera in the pitch dark), so if you are bringing feeders in at night during the deep freeze, please consider putting them back out well before sunrise. Thanks.

Jenn Jarstad

Seattle, WA

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