We had snow yesterday – enough to stick and be beautiful – and the temperatures continue to plummet.
I love snow but worry about the hummingbirds. So last night I brought the feeders in and returned them this morning; by midday they were frozen again.
I refilled them with fresh sugar water and afterwards grabbed my camera and waited in the icy cold. I was not disappointed.
A beautiful male Anna’s perched in the fir tree overhead, and I watched as he turned his head this way and that, as if showing off his beautiful crown.
He finally swooped down to the feeders while I kept my distance so he could eat in peace.
He fed for a while, and I was happy for that. But I wondered how he would stay warm tonight in the freezing temperatures.
After a bit of research, I learned that hummingbirds are able to enter into a hibernation-like state called torpor. Their body temperature drops, heart rate goes down, respiration rate drops and their metabolism lowers. They sleep at night in this state and can survive frigid temperatures.
I’m thankful for that.
Still, I hope this cold spell passes quickly.