Hummingbird migration is one of spring’s highlights. Most years, these birds surprise us, zipping around the yard before we’ve even thought about hanging out the feeder.
But here’s something you count on, like clockwork: As spring moves northward, so do these birds, following above-freezing temperatures and spring blooms.
Hummingbird migration is a product of instinct and nature. Most researchers agree that feeding hummingbirds will not alter these migration patterns, and many gardeners like to extend the feeding season to support migrating birds.
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The most commonly watched species of hummingbird is the colorful and spunky ruby-throated hummingbird.
Of 300 species of hummingbirds — 16 of which breed in the United States — it’s the most common one seen east of the Mississippi River. Its summer habitat includes the eastern half of the U.S. and southeast Canada.
Spring hummingbird migration varies year by year, but this chart will help you get ready for hummingbirds in your area:
The flutter of these tiny hummingbirds northward across the migration map is exciting to behold, and it begs even casual birdwatchers to participate in recording their progress.
For more information about different species of hummingbirds, their feeding, habitats, and arrival dates, check out:
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