Anna’s Hummingbird can be seen in Winter

Anna’s Hummingbird can be seen in Winter

#NeighborhoodBirds

 

The time has come to officially meet your neighbors: the birds. For many folks, both birders and people who are new to birding, watching the birds just outside our doors brings joy during hard times.

 

The Anna’s Hummingbird is the only hummingbird you’ll see in the Portland Metro Area year-round. Plant native plants like red-flowering currant or install a hummingbird feeder to attract these stunning feisty birds to your yard. The males are flashy with their vibrant magenta heads. The females are more subtle with green and white bodies.

Fun fact: These tiny birds defend their territory with gusto. Watch as they drive away other males and other hummingbird species.

 

At first glance, you may just notice a few birds in your yard or neighborhood. But spend a little more time, and you’ll start to recognize repeat visitors and witness extraordinary behaviors like territorial fights, courting and mating, elaborate bird songs, foraging, and nest building. Our world may feel routine or mundane at time, but theirs rushes forward during the most exciting time of year — spring migration and baby bird season. You couldn’t ask for a better live performance right outside your home.

 

If you would like to learn more about the birds you see around town, visit https://audubonportland.org/