Many Anna’s Hummingbirds stay over winter in Victoria and they started staying in the Cadboro Bay area first because they have many gardens with winter-blooming plants where the hummers can drink nectar along with their protein diet of insects and spiders. If you are interested in what flowers that they like, check out the list of plants that hummingbirds enjoy in Victoria all year round (see web page below) . These plants have all been grown in the Lynns’ garden in Ten Mile Point. The list is not just winter plants.
The Rufous Hummingbirds will return about April 1 each year for their summer visit. Many are just migrating through to nest far north of us but some nest in the Victoria area. We have evidence of nests to the north on the peninsula and to the west in Esquimalt and the Western Communities. What we need is evidence of breeding in the Greater Victoria core. This little Rufous Hummingbird has been outsmarting us by hiding the nests in this area. If you know of a Rufous Hummingbird nest in the Victoria Municipality or Oak Bay or Saanich south of Mount Douglas Park, please contact us at the email address below.
Email: thelynns at shaw.ca