The Hummingbirds are visiting in full force this time of year. These Ruby Throated hummingbirds are regular visitors to our feeder.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) are small hummingbirds that breed in southern Canada (central Alberta east to Nova Scotia) south to central and eastern USA (North Dakota east to Maine, and south to southern Texas. Vagrants travel as far west as California. This species occupies the largest breeding range of any North American hummingbird.
They winter from central Mexico to western Panama in Central America. Some are year-round visitors in southern Florida.
During the spring and fall migrations, many of these tiny hummingbirds accomplish an amazing nonstop, 500-mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico. Considering that these tiny birds weigh as little as one US penny (the average male weighs even less), this is an impressive achievement.
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