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Hummingbird's Southern Migration Is Near

The sunlight hours are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and the hummingbirds are getting the itch to head south. Southern migration includes nearly twice as many hummingbirds than northern migration because of all the immature hummingbirds that hatched over the summer months. For these new hatchlings, they’ve never migrated before. As is common with hummingbird species, these young hummers will stop at feeders and develop a pattern that they will continue to travel for the rest of their lives: who wouldn’t want to be a stop on that journey?

For those living in the northern United States, you may have already noticed a decline in hummingbirds to your feeders; but don’t put them away for the season just yet. Because hummers aren’t in a rush to get to breeding grounds, they take their time to migrate south. As with any migration season, hummingbirds will be looking to beef up and prepare for the long migration flights that are ahead of them.  Remember to keep your hummingbird feeders full and clean, preferably until freezing temperatures become a threat.

How can you help to ensure that the hummers have enough energy to make their long journey? Here are a few tips to help them along their way:

• Plant late blooming flowers to provide a nectar source for them in the fall

• Keep your hummingbird feeders up through the late fall so they are still available for late-migrating hummingbirds

• Provide a water source such as a waterer or bird bath for them to clean their feathers and have fresh water

• Check out our Hummingbird Migration Map so you know when the hummingbirds are in your area!


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