Friday, January 10, 2014


Adult male Rufous hummingbird guarding 'his' feeder from adjacent dwarf barbados cherry bush 1/4/14. Evergreens for shelter are one reason the birds like our place.

We shivered through lows in the 20's earlier this week.  I know 25F was balmy compared to Chicago...but I don't live in Chicago. Average winter temps here are in the 50's and the day before the freeze was 65F.

Everybody has their own strategy for staying alive. Mine involves chocolate and wine. 

The birds fluff, eat and shelter. 'Our' overwintering Rufous hummingbirds stayed close to the feeders on front and back porches.

I think we're hosting three Rufous hummers this year, a bright-colored and assertive adult male, a patchy subadult male and a mostly green youngster or female.  Watching the birds at the front porch feeder near a kitchen window is my favorite entertainment.

Hope your cold days aren't hard as theirs.

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  1. How perfectly adorable and adorably perfect. Here, I'd been crowing about our overwintering Anna's hummingbirds, hoping to inspire envy among my East Coast friends. But we only get Rufous for a few days out of the year. My hummingbirds DON'T share the feeder--do yours?

  2. Wonderful pictures! He looks so cute all puffed up. We have 2 Rufous hummers that we are hosting this Winter. One male, that looks very similar to the one in your picture and a female. The male is SO territorial that I hardly see the female, however she sneaks a drink once in a while. Like your way of coping with the cold weather;) Hope you enjoy the balmy 70 degree weather that is predicted this weekend.

  3. Great shots! Glad our temps are rising back to more normal ranges but hoping the cold knocked down the insect pest populations a little.

    We don't get overwinter boarders, but we do have one particularly aggressive male hummer that stakes out our backyard feeder annually. I've taken to putting up a second feeder on the front side of the house to allow for sneak feeding without quite so high a threat of attack. I also upped the number of flowers planted they enjoy - that male tries - but he can't be everywhere at once!

  4. That male is just brilliantly colored. I only have females and/or immature males - three, I think. They are beautiful, too, but in a more subdued way.

  5. You inspire me to get with the wild bird feeding program. I miss their company! Also here's to the wine and chocolate antidote to bitter cold winters. Thanks for your posts!

  6. No genius here...I am still learning about the Hill Country...I have been gone for 30 years. So, I am amazed that you have hummingbirds...I have been told that they go south into Mexico for the winter or at least to the Gulf Coast. May I ask what large city you are close to? I am thinking I should keep a feeder out.
    Enjoy your take on familiar areas in Texas.


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