For the second time in two weeks, I saw a Hummingbird on my Cape Honeysuckle bush. Therefore, I rushed indoors and prepared nectar. There are so few flowers now; I wonder where a Hummingbird is finding food. ~~ No freezing temperature overnight, but frost on the roof of storage building.
A recent answer to my question from Project Feederwatch. Today, I checked the Internet and I speculate I saw a female Ruby-throated and not Rufous (because color not right for Rufous).
We just posted a blog post a couple of weeks ago about the winter range expansion of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. But keep in mind that in winter any hummingbird in the east should be checked carefully because western hummingbird species often wander east in winter, especially the Rufous Hummingbird.
You are welcome to feed hummingbirds all winter, if you can keep the nectar from freezing. It will have no effect on their movements, and it might help one that wanders off course.
Anne Marie Johnson
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850