Friday, April 22, 2022

Hummingbird Migration 2023

A hummingbird landing on a feeder for a mid-day snack in Irvine, California. © Evan's Studio. See below for info on how to license the royalty free stock photo. 

Hummingbird Migration 2023

A hummingbird relaxes after eating nectar from the nearby flowers in Irvine, California. © Evan's Studio

A hummingbird relaxes after eating nectar from the nearby flowers in Irvine, California. © Evan's Studio

Winter & Spring Hummingbird Migration

 Many hummingbird species spend their winters in Mexico and Central America. In the Spring, when the temperatures begin to rise, they migrate North. Around this time of the year, a lot of the United States will notice an increase in the prevalence of hummingbirds. You may notice more hummingbirds as early as February. According to the U.S. National Park Service, the Spring Hummingbird migration is closely related to when native plants begin to flower.

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More Spring Hummingbird Migration Information

Hummingbird wings can flap their wings up to 80 times per second and fly up to 23 miles in a single day! They travel during the day when it is easy to spot flowers and other food sources like insects. According to the U.S. National Park Service a hummingbird's heart can beat up to 1,260 times per minute. It is not uncommon for a hummingbird to double its weight before migration.

Summer & Fall Hummingbird Migration

As the temperatures begin to fall, many hummingbirds migrate to areas of warmer temperatures. The Rufous Hummingbird travels up to 3,000 miles from Alaska to Mexico in the summertime, which is the longest known migration route. Unfortunately, the Rufous Hummingbird is listed as 'Near Threatened' due to habitat loss.

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