Discover When Hummingbirds Return to Nevada (and Where They’ve Been)

Nevada has only seen a few of the 360 hummingbird species. These include Anna's, Rufous, Calliope, and Black-chinned hummingbirds. Anna's hummingbirds are nonmigratory and can be seen year-round in Nevada.   

Rufous hummingbirds are endangered and rare. Nevadans can best spot one during their fall migration in early fall. September and October are when these birds leave Nevada.   

Most birds migrate for survival. Hummingbirds don't start their journey after food becomes scarce, unlike other birds. Many little animals die after a few hours without nourishment, thus they can't wait to go.  

Declining daylight prompts them to slowly migrate south. Some southern areas offer more insects and nectar, although many hummingbirds winter in Mexico.   

This trek is difficult, and many hummingbirds die. Buy and place hummingbird feeders in your garden or yard to encourage these small birds.   

Hummingbirds are used to this high-intensity lifestyle, despite our concerns. Hummingbirds are robust and hardy despite their fragile appearance.   

Long journeys are their norm. All we can do is cheer them on and fuel them as they start on this remarkable adventure each year.