A lone female Anna Hummingbird perches close to a hummingbird feeder during the harsh winter months on Vancouver Island.
On a cold winters day while looking out a window in the warm wood stove heated confines of my living room, something caught my attention. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized I was seeing a tiny Hummingbird. The first thing I thought was how could this tiny bird survive the cold winter months here. I quickly pulled out the hummingbird feeder from the cupboard where I normally store it during the winter months. I made up some warm sugar water which consisted of 1/2 sugar to water ratio. During the summer months I mix 1/3 sugar to water ratio, but I thought this little winter visitor would surely appreciate a stronger mix of sugar. I no sooner placed the feeder up in the tree where I spotted the tiny bird and there it was feeding. I watch for my little friend daily and make sure it always has a constant supply of sugar water.
I ventured out one cold winters day and took this photo of my little winter visitor. If you look close you will notice she has a tiny insect hanging from her beak! She is an Anna’s Hummingbird and they typically thrive on insects during the winter months. The insects provide much needed protein and help to maintain a slower metabolism during the cold winter months.
Anna’s Hummingbirds were indigenous to southern California. From 1920 they began moving north onward and first appeared in Canada on Vancouver Island in the late 1940’s. The first Canadian Anna’s nest was found in the mid 1950’s north of Victoria.
Taken on Jan 12/11 at 2:52pm in own front yard ( south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada).
Camera; Canon 7D
Lens; Canon 100-400 IS ISM L lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead.
Taken at 1/400’s, f/6.3, +1/3 ev, man white bal 6250 kelvin, iso 800.
Subject distance; 3.1 meters (10.2 ft).
Note; it was below 0 C when I took this photo and though it does not appear so, the ground was covered in snow. My feet were freezing!