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Pair of Unexpected Visitors

I never know when the hummingbirds will show up. The weather has a lot to do with it. I saw one pass through last week, so I got the nectar ready and hung the feeder on the deck. And I waited. He finally returned. And he brought a friend. How exciting!

These hummingbirds are so amazing. They will spend the spring and summer at the feeder. Every day. Then they leave on their migration journey. Ruby throated hummingbirds are mostly what we get in our area.

Most Ruby throated hummingbirds migrate between southern Mexico and northern Panama. Ruby throats begin moving north as early as January, and by the end of February they are at the northern coast of Yucatan, gorging on insects and spiders to add a thick layer of fat in preparation for flying to the U.S. 

Some will skirt the Gulf of Mexico and follow the Texas coast north, while most apparently cross the Gulf, typically leaving at dusk for a nonstop flight of up to 500 miles, which takes 18-22 hours depending on the weather.

Amazing, right? They will fly 500 miles! These birds are so tiny they will fit in your hand. They are about three inches long. THREE INCHES! How do they do it is something I have never been able to comprehend. And then they return in the spring back to the same feeders they were at least year.

I have so much respect for these birds, every time I see them I make sure I have fresh nectar out for them.

©CarolDM2019

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Written by Carol DM

Enjoy nature photography. Amateur self-taught photographer and love every minute of the photos from my yard and Dustin's garden. Sunset views from my deck are very peaceful to watch, capture and share. I have two cats, Brendel and the Dude. I share both special and funny moments I capture of them with you.

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