Monday, October 15, 2007

Unexpected visitor.

Dark-eyed Junco

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.


Cicero Sings said...

What a nice guy!

Our birds have mostly left ... except for the geese ... great flocks of them have been gathering down at the lake along with a few ducks ... before continuing their journey.

Overwintering here are the Chickadees, brave little souls that they are. Last year we had some Nuthatches too and they are still hanging in there. The pine cone loss is big but I guess they are counting on our feeder.

A Local Naturalist said...

Nuthatches are among my favourites. They respond very readily to pishing (that noise birders make) - and will almost land on your head.