Three weeks ago the juncos appeared, meaning we were entering the season of winter birds. Thus I was surprised today, after replacing the suet block, by the buzz of hummingbird wings. I turned, and there it was, hanging in the air, saying "Suet? What the heck am I supposed to do with suet? Where's the nectar?"
The nectar feeder was in the garage, where it has been since early August, since long after the Rufous Hummingbirds departed.
"Do I look like a RUHU?" asked the tiny green bird.
No, it didn't. Not a hint of orange. It was an Anna's Hummingbird, a species that increasingly overwinters in southern BC, and a tick for the yard list. Life can be hard for a hummingbird wintering this far north, so I turned on the kettle, took the sugar from the cupboard, and rummaged in the garage.
Here ya go.