Winter Birds – Where are the Hummingbirds?
Depending on where you live during the Winter months, you may just see hummingbirds in your area. Hummingbirds have been seen venturing into the Northern part of the United States even during cold weather. Because more people are placing hummingbird feeders in their yards and leaving nectar out, these tiny birds are getting the nutrition they need even when the weather is colder.
There are many reasons why you may see hummingbirds in your backyard even when the weather is still cold outside…
If you see a hummingbird in your yard and the weather is still cold he might be an early or late migrant seeking a Spring advantage in claiming territory to attract a mate. An early or late season storm can catch hummingbirds of guard and take them out of their migratory path, especially younger hummingbirds who are not familiar with the ways of the weather yet.
Hummingbirds have ways to deal with colder weather that will help them survive if they do happen to get caught in a colder climate than preferred. They can change their diets to fit the region, they can slow their body functions at night almost to a state of hibernation to save their energy.
If you live in a warmer climate region, you will most likely see hummingbirds year round. Hummingbirds are more likely to find food, water and warm places to sleep in warmer areas of the United States.
If you happen to see hummingbirds during the cold Winter months be sure to put nectar out for them and keep it from freezing. Having a supply of nectar and a place to keep warm will give them the best chances of survival until the warm weather months return.