Hummingbird migration is underway. Here’s what you can do to attract them

Many people, not just passionate bird-watchers, look forward to seeing hummingbirds every spring!

These amazing birds winter in Mexico and Central America. In late January or February, they move to their southern nesting areas, then north later in the spring.

Hummingbird Central tracks hummingbird migration between January and May every year, with an interactive map tool to show viewer-submitted sightings throughout the spring as the little birds make their journeys.

Hummingbirds fly during the day because food sources are more abundant during the day. They also tend to fly low, so it’s easy to find food.

Hummingbirds are experts at using tailwinds to help reach their destination faster. Research suggests that a hummingbird can travel as much as 23 miles in one day. For a bird that tiny, that’s quite the journey.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds rule the East. Most common hummingbird east of the Mississippi. Males are smaller than females and have an iridescent red neck patch.

Hummingbird Central provides a way for bird watchers to report sightings of the little birds, with its map created from viewer-submitted sightings.


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