Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hummingbird migration

Hummingbirds are making their annual migration throughout the United States and you can attract these beautiful, tiny birds to your own backyard with a glass hummingbird feeder or other type of feeder. What is interesting to know is that hummingbirds do not travel in flocks. They are solitary creatures and most of them spend their winters between the southern part of Mexico and the northern part of Panama. Since they can’t survive in the cold climate they make this annual trek to Central America each year and then start their return and finish as early as the middle of May.

Most are the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird species and what is also interesting to note is that they double their size for their journey and by the time they reach their destination they are usually back to their original size of approximately 2.5 grams. Their flight is non-stop for 18 hours so they must feed on insects and nectar, which you can provide with a hummingbird feeder. Having a feeder attracts hummingbirds to your yard so you can see these tiny creatures in action. Having clean water available also helps in attracting hummingbirds since they like to have somewhere to keep clean and quench their thirst.

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