Hummingbirds living in the Sacramento Region

The Sacramento area is known for its trees, the Sacramento and the American Rivers, but there is also a lot of wild life. This is in part because the river corridor was kept wide enough not only for the river to flood, but for many animals to wander around.

Here I present a humming bird nest that I found at a home I visited close to the American River College. The house was built in 1955, the same year the College opened.

There are eight species of hummingbirds living in California. (Click on the picture to see the large version when available.)

Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)







Anna’s Hummingbird (Calipte anna)





Black Chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)

Picture by Mdf


Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus; rare)

Broad-tailed Hummingbird; by Bill Ratcliff.


Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope)


Costa’s Hummingbird (Calipte costae; rare)


Roufus Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus)



Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris; accidental)




Hummingbirds Come and Go

You may have noticed that hummingbird tend to disappear at times. This is a natural cycle of life for hummingbirds.

Females tends to their young in late spring and they generally won’t come to your yard while doing so.

Males protect their turf, especially next to their chosen female. They will oust all other males from their territory.

At the end of summer, many hummingbird (depends on the species) fly South in warmer weather. They’ll migrate back on the following spring.

To increase changes that these birds come and visit your yard, the best is to have the type of flowers they like. Two that they particularly like are coral honeysuckles (Lonicera sempervirens) and cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis). Note that varies between species.

People also like to install hummingbird feeders with that red liquid in them. Make sure that those are clean. Specifically, make sure no mold is growing on the feeder as it can be fatal to the birds.

Hummingbird in Our Backyard Mimosa Tree

I often see hummingbird, but I usually don’t have my phone with me in my backyard. Today I had my phone and a hummingbird decided to visit our Mimosa Tree which is blooming with these beautiful pink flowers.

First I saw the bird having a drink and then it decided to pause on a branch. That’s when I started filming. The pause was for about three minutes today and then it flew around to drink more pollen. There is a really good few seconds when the bird flies in front of the blue sky which really shows how hummingbirds fly (even at the very slow speed our smartphone record videos).

11 Replies to “Hummingbirds living in the Sacramento Region”

  1. My wife and I live in Cameron Park. We’ve seen all the Humming Birds mentioned in the post above. However we do not put any feeders out. Instead I keep my water fountain filled and running, (fresh clean filtered water only. The fountain is cleaned twice weekly with zero chemicals just some good old elbow grease and a scrub brush.

    I find that when the clean fresh water is available the humming birds are here spring, summer and fall regardless of tempture. If the water is dirty or the fountain is empty for longer then a week every single humming bird disappears until the next spring.

    Hope this provides some ideas for others.

  2. I have lots of Ruby throated and Annas in Elk Grove.
    I absolutely love them. The males of both species are very territorial.
    They re here all year round. I do have 2 feeders. I make their nectar 4 parts water, 1 part sugar. No red food coloring.

  3. I added a paragraph about the reasons why hummingbirds disappear. I think often it is because they find a new feeding place that they like better, but there are various reasons such as a male fighting for their territory making all the other birds avoid your place.

  4. We have 3 feeders up, and live in an area with many chinaberry trees. I have found that they
    either nest in the trees, and they definitely use the bare branches as a lookout and rest area.

  5. We live in Granite Bay and the past several years have had 2-3 Anna’s Hummers all year long at our feeders. This spring some Black Chin hummers showed up and shortly thereafter, the Anna’s disappeared! It is now July and they are gone for certain, but the Black Chin’s are here every day; voracious little guys! Why did the Anna’s leave? Did the Black Chin’s somehow force them out? What gives???

  6. Hi Christina, it depends on the species. Some stay year round and others fly South to Mexico. It also depends on the temperature. When the winter is warmer than usual, the birds may stay around longer.

  7. Is it common for hummingbirds to stay year round here in Sacramento? I have four feeders up. We have ruby throated hummingbirds, many have left but some still hang out here.

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