In fact, the sugar water you offer will help the hummingbirds "gas up" for their journey. Hummingbirds that are already on their way south can stop by and replenish their stores, too. In the western United States, the Anna's hummingbird stays in much of its range year around. But most hummingbirds do go south for the winter.
Warm soapy water with a bit of gunk-scrubbing should do the trick. Some folks prefer to use white vinegar. When should I feed hummingbirds? Some regions of North America host hummingbirds all year long, so residents there can put the feeder up now and never take it down—except to refill and clean it, of course!
No special care is required for these hardy winter hummingbirds. The birds will appreciate a feeder with the usual 4:1 (water: sugar) nectar solution. The solution will not freeze unless the air temperature around the feeder drops below 27 degrees F. Most days during the winter this will not be a problem.
Hanging feeders at this time of year will NOT cause hummingbirds to stay in the area longer than they should. ... Tucker, first of all, continue to provide the hummingbird feeder (clean and unfrozen) for as long as the hummingbird is around. If you do get cold nights, consider putting a lamp near the feeder to keep the nectar from freezing.
According to the University of Kentucky, you can leave hummingbird feeders outside through winter because hummingbirds will migrate regardless of food availability. Rarely, people spot hummingbirds in Kentucky during winter and leaving the feeders outside could increase the possibility of those hummingbirds visiting your backyard.
Hummingbirds migrate in response to hormonal changes, which are triggered by decreasing length of daylight; nothing you can do will make them stay too long, so it's not necessary to stop feeding them to force them to go south.
Hummingbirds are Neotropical migrants, meaning they breed in temperate latitudes, but leave for the winter for tropics in the south. Ruby-throated hummingbirds winter in Central America and most migrate across the Gulf of Mexico to breed in eastern North America.
However, there are some things you can do to make it easier for hummingbirds to find your feeder and to invite them to stay for the spring and summer. One of the most important things you can do is to put in some plants that are native to your local area since a hummingbird feeder is sometimes not enough to keep the hummers around.
Q: I live on the Pacific coast. It's winter and I still have hummingbirds. Aren't they supposed to migrate? A: Anna's Hummingbird is a year-round resident as far north as Victoria, BC. They are cold hardy at least into the teens (Fahrenheit) and aren't bothered by snow.
Hummingbird Migration is the flight to and from their Winter homes in Mexico and Central America.See our state by state hummingbird migration map/table listing the average arrival dates.Some interesting observations how climate change is affecting the Hummingbird Migration!