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The Incredible Hummingbird Migration

Continuing my post about Hummingbirds and their incredible migration. In case you missed the first post you can read it here.. Pair of Visitors

As I mentioned before, Hummingbirds are only about two to three inches long. Very small birds. And each year they travel miles for their winter migration. Then return to the same spots each spring. When I see one at my deck, I make sure they have fresh nectar.

Hummingbirds do not flock, they take off on their own and arrive on their own. As small as they are, they choose to fly alone. They do not hitch rides on geese or other birds as the old wives tale mentions.

When migrating South, geese and hummers fly at different times, different heights and to different locations.

Nature knows best and our feeders are simply there to help. Insects are the main source of food and often hummers grab a protein snack while they are going for the flower nectar.

No matter the species, or where they are coming from, migration takes a lot of energy and the adding a higher nectar solution is actually close to what nature offers and the extra boost helps them gain the needed weight. Close to the end of the season you can add a little more sugar to the mixture of your nectar to help them out.

Hummers must double their weight before heading out and higher solutions can only help.

At the end of the season, usually late summer, make sure to keep your feeders out two or three weeks after you’ve seen your last hummingbird. They will need that last taste of nectar as they start their annual migration.

Last but certainly not least, sharing a photo of a Hummingbirds taking a break at my deck feeder. They love sitting on this perch and looking around. The photo below was taking on a different feeder in the yard. There are two in this capture.

Photos ©CarolDM2019

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Written by Carol DM


  1. We’ve observed 8 different species of hummers at our feeders and at one time, counted 38 at one of our 10 feeders. It isn’t easy to count them, either, because they are nearly always moving. I’m somewhat saddened when they leave each year.

  2. I have to say the imagined image of a hummingbird catching a ride on a goose made me laugh! I know based on your blog that it isn’t real, but now I kind of wish it was…

  3. I love humming birds. They are so cute. I have often gotten close to them, as I watch them go from flower to flower. I wish I could metabolize sugar at half the rate they can!!