Hummingbird, Bird, Trochilidae, Flying

Birdwatching is your lifetime ticket to the theater of nature.

I hope you’ll get some good ideas here to help you have fun watching birds.

This is one of the best stress relieving hobbies in the world, I guarantee!

Spring Time! So, grab your binoculars, a nice tall glass of iced tea, and lets begin.

For birdwatchers in the southern states, hummingbirds are already returning. The rest of you, in the Midwest and Northeast, are still awaiting the first hummingbird of spring to arrive.

In my back yard are several hooks for hummingbird feeders. I’ll fill and hang the feeders during the first week of April, just prior to the oldest hummingbirds arrive at Alabama. The first one I see will be a male, since the men migrate about two weeks before the females.

Did you know most small birds, such as hummingbirds, migrate at night? I’m not sure why. Perhaps they do this to make the most of the more calm atmosphere of night, or to avoid the predators that are hunting during daylight hours, or maybe they use the stars to guide them north.

As migration period draws near, daily activity starts to change. Birds who migrate at night, but normally are active during daytime hours do not sleep as much through the night any more. Hummingbirds of spring are awake much more at night.

And starting to feel hungry‚Ķ real hungry. He wants to put on some fat. He weighs about 2.5 g, but now he starts to eat more, to gorge himself. He eats his weight in food every day. He eats insect eggs and spiders, bugs, gnats and the nectar of flowers. He’ll double his weight, and still only weigh about 5 grams.

Every day the north calls for him to come,

To the North he flies into total darkness, all by himself, weighing no more than a nickel.

Hours pass as he flies, burning off the fat he stored like a truck burns gas.

If the hummingbirds fat stores are sufficient, he will reach the Gulf Coast. If the hummingbirds fat stores are not sufficient, he’ll die. If he’s prepared himself well, he will have flown for 18 to 22 hours, crossed 500 miles with no food or rest.

Toward the second week of April I will see my first hummingbird of spring. I will have those feeders out early, ready to greet the little fella as he hovers into land for the first time this year in my own backyard.

Well, I Hope this report has helped you in some form or fashion, and once again I will let you know.

This is one of the best stress relieving hobbies in the world, I guarantee!

Good luck in all that you do, and Thank You very much for your attention.

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