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Credit: E. Wiebe

Anna's Hummingbird is a year round occupant of Victoria so we admit that it's not really an honest indicator of spring. In the morning they start coming to the feeders as soon as the sun rises, when they wake from torpor. Though humans don't experience torpor, the arrival of spring with longer days and sunnier skies* may induce an equivalent reaction. Hummingbirds use energy rich nectar from flowers (or sugar-water from feeders) to fuel their fast-paced lives. They eat a variety of insects that they catch in flight.

There is a Wikipedia page discussing Anna's Hummingbird (did you doubt it?).

*We know there are places that are very sunny in winter. The prairies come to mind. However, Victoria is not one of those places.

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