Springtime is just around the corner, and for many of us, that means the return of flowers, animals, birds and most importantly the sunshine! I remember when I was younger I would always look forward to seeing the hummingbirds come by our Cardinal flowers. Hummingbirds loved the bright reds and tube-shaped flowers. These little guys just seem to be the cutest garden guests.
A few years later we ended up buying a hummingbird feeder and putting it in front of our window in hopes that we’d get to catch a glimpse of these speedy little birds. It’s always fun to watch them stop for a minute and enjoy their snack. However, I always missed them when it became colder and rainy outside. That was until I found out we are lucky enough to live in a place where hummingbirds actually stay all year long.
In the lower mainland/west coast of British Columbia, the Anna Hummingbird can be found flying around even in the cold winter months and it was even named Vancouver’s city bird in 2017! The Anna Hummingbird was originally spotted in California and then slowly expanded to Mexico and British Columbia.
Researchers aren’t entirely sure why the population expanded so vastly but it is thought that it has to do with the popularity of hummingbird feeders, the planting of non-native plants and the natural expansion of a species.
Because you can often spot hummingbirds in parks, yards and rural areas, it is not too tricky to spot them in the winter if you take steps to provide a space for them and upkeep it during colder months. The tricky part is trying to prevent the food from freezing in the cold. This has forced people to get creative with the ways they keep their hummingbird food thawed. People are using homemade solutions from hand warmers to string lights and heater lamps to try to keep our little friends fed.
Some people suggest upping the sugar content in the food, but many experts advise against that as it could potentially damage the bird’s kidney and liver.
People have been quite keen to help feed the Anna Hummingbirds this year, as a few of our very first sales of the season have been hummingbird feeders! Customers have shared that they’re buying multiple so that they can rotate between them every few hours.
It is always nice to know that people are looking out for the little creatures who may need our help during the cold wet months. If you’re looking for a way to help feel free to stop by Art’s where we can provide you with the tools and information you need to help our city bird!