Thursday, October 8, 2009
Boy, Have I had a ton of hummingbirds entertaining me this morning! I've seen more in the last two hours, than I've seen in the few weeks that I've had my feeder up. Carol, I'm very appreciative that you encouraged me to get this feeder. I was able to find a picture online that is much better than anything I'll ever capture. Wondering about the Hummingbird migration patterns, I found a few basic facts:
Humming birds migrate alone, yet many end up at the same exact feeders or gardens where they spent last spring and summer. Although they are solitary migrants, when many are on the move in a good migratory pathway, you may see many in a day. They fly hundreds -- or even thousands -- of miles fueled by nectar. (Many make the 20 hour trip over the Gulf of Mexico without any food or rest)
They migrate in response to hormonal changes that are triggered by changing length of daylight, and nothing you do will make them stay too long in the fall. Males migrate first, females follow a few days to a couple of weeks or so behind them. Immature hummers are the last to leave, (still new to everything)
Cool weather may call for an early exit and warmer days may extend their visit, but they will leave. But they remember your feeders from previous trips, so keep them clean and filled. Which is what I must do right now. Mine is just about empty. I think these hummers are trying to get out of town, before we get the cool front coming in this weekend.
Spring Hummingbird Migration begins February 3, 2010
Posted by Chloe at 12:00 PM