This gal stayed in the Texas Hill Country with us after all her friends left for the winter. At first we weren’t sure if we were seeing migrating stragglers passing through or if one hummer was staying. We’re sure we have one over-wintering female now because she visits the feeder at the same times every day. She takes a long rest each time, eating and just hanging out. I expect she enjoys not being chased away by summer crowds buzzing the feeders.
As you can see, she’s fluffed out for warmth. I keep one filled feeder at the ready as a replacement for a frozen feeder on cold mornings. It got down to 25 here Christmas morning and the feeder froze to an icy slush. Our gal showed up at the fresh feeder immediately after I hung my replacement.
We’ve been back in the Hill Country and San Antonio area for 20 years now and this is our third winter hummingbird. One was clearly a Rufous Hummingbird and the other two (including this one) were tougher to identify. It’s hard to tell with female birds, but I’m betting this is a female Rufous. She has a touch of Rufous plumage in the right places and Rufous Hummingbirds seem to be the most likely candidates for wintering around here, according to Audubon.
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