Hooray for Hummingbirds!

Jul 20, 2017
A Hummingbird Sips on a Flower's Nectar


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Hooray for Hummingbirds!

Hummingbirds are all-American birds. They exist only in South, Central, and North America—nowhere else in the world.

All together, there are 339 species of hummingbirds. In the spring, 21 species fly thousands of miles northward from Mexico, Costa Rica, and other southern places to visit the United States and Canada. In the fall, they return to their southern homes.

Although hummingbirds usually weigh less than an ounce, these tiny birds have a lot of energy. When the wind blows in the direction in which they are flying, they can travel up to 50 mph.

In North America, the greatest number and variety of hummingbirds can be found in western areas of the United States and as far north as Alaska.

Only one species—the ruby-throated hummingbird—usually visits areas east of the Mississippi. The birds also visit southern Canada, especially British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia.

The long flights and wing beating can make a hummingbird weary. As often as every 15 minutes, they look for a place to rest on trees and shrubs with small leaves. Particular plants include birch trees, butterfly bushes, and honey locusts.

Don’t worry if you do not have these plants in your yard—your hummingbird might also rest on your feeder’s hanger.

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Ruby red hummingbird

I have 1 ruby red and 3 to 4 females they came in May We enjoy them so much I have 2 feeders one in the back yard and 1 in the front with lots of flowers the sounds that these birds make are just amazing and when the male shows off its just so cool to watch. I have video them and take there photo all of the time now when I go outside they no who feed them and one of them comes up to me all of the time and I talk to them . Vermont


I have one that seems to be staying the winter. I brought the feeders in under the porch and actually bring them in at night so they don't freeze. About daylight we turn on the deck light and put out the feeders and here it comes! One morning we slept in a bit and the dear little thing was sitting out on a perch it likes patiently waiting for breakfast to be served! It was 22 degrees! She will hang around for about an hour in the morning, feeding and sitting on a wire that is there close to the light. Same thing around 4 in the afternoon. During the day she zooms in and out for a snack but so quick you don't know unless you happen to be looking out the window! I googled it and hummers can survive pretty cold temperatures. And sometimes, if you keep feeding them they will stay the winter.


We have two feeders. One is at the front of the house and the other one is at the back of the house. The one at the back of the house also has plants below the feeder that are red and they love it. Hummingbirds are amazing creatures. I particularly love their mating ritual it is quite a sight to see when they fly very high up into the air and then does what looks to be a divebomb past the female. I live in the Bay Area. Ca.


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