My husband said to me yesterday “It’s not summertime….hummertime.” I calculated by the number we see at once and the rate we are going through hummingbird nectar that we may have as many as 100 hummers in the yard. Hummer Wars at the feeder keep us very amused.
This is a male Ruby Throated Hummingbird.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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