In the autumn of 1871, "far and high in the mountains" with bread gone, he feasted on manzanita berries "like a bear." Another time he followed the example of hummingbirds and sucked nectar from the long tubes of Zauschneria, California fuchsia. He also savored the sweetness of sugar-pine sap, preferring it to maple sugar.
"For instance, hummingbirds are attracted to coral bells and columbine in spring, scarlet monkey flower and salvia in summer, and California fuchsia in late summer and fall." If your garden lacks food during certain months, put up bird feeders.