It has been a couple of cold, dreary, windy days here. I have 2 hummingbird feeders up. One out in a tree and this window feeder. I was really worried about the hummers the past few days. Feeding little fools in this cold! That is the good part, but last night I had one that looked like he was shivering. Broke my heart! So this morning I was looking up the cold and hummingbirds. It is not snowing/freezing here, but with the wind and no sun 40' isn't very warm. Here is the good news on hummingbirds and cold.
Some hummers can actual "hibernate" during a cold snap. They have the ability to sleep where their bodies use no energy. They don't do this for a whole winter, just a few days at a time. I did read about 1 variety of hummers that do stick around in the winter! They actually have heated feeders for them if you have them! Ideas for keeping your feed from freezing and keeping the hummers warm: 1. Bump up the sugar content in your feed. They need the extra energy in a cold snap. Use a 3:1 ratio. There will be less water to freeze and more syrup for the birds. 2. Wrap a scarf around your feeder. They suggest lights too! Wrap red Christmas lights around the feeder. Not the LED's! They don't get warm enough. Regular little lights will keep your feed from freezing and the hummers will hang out to keep warm. Any color lights will do, but of course red means food for them, so red will attract them! 3. Window feeders! The window feeders transfer heat from indoors and help to keep the feeders from getting too cold! Good to know if it isn't too cold!
I just wanted to go out and wrap a sweater around the shivering hummer yesterday. So, here are a few facts that might help you through a cold snap if you are worried about the little hummers. They are such a joy to me and I want to do all I can to make sure they stay warm, fed and happy!
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Sane, Stay Happy!